Seda Röder’s playing radiates commitment, flair, and delight. She communicates with intensity and charm as appropriate, and displays an exemplary understanding of a wide range of musical styles.”
-- Robert Levin
“Röder’s playing quieted my head and quickened my soul in the middle of a busy workday. Her lightest moments seemed to shimmer out from some secret place behind her raised eyebrows. But she also appeared to be discovering the depths of the music for the first time, as if she were magically encountering, puzzling and understanding each note. That type of practiced spontaneity is hard to come by.”
-- Alicia Anstead, Harvard Arts Beats
“Seda Röder’s playing shows a nice combination of sensitivity on one side and musical intelligence on the other side. Her interests are reaching far beyond the limits of the piano repertoire.”
-- Gerhard Oppitz
„Making contemporary music more approachable for everyone“ is the artistic vision of the Turkish pianist Seda Röder. In addition to her podcast series Blackbox about New Music, she puts this vision into realization in form of lecture recitals and carefully chosen, coherent concert programs. Through numerous world premieres and workshops, Seda became known to audiences, critics, and composers alike as an engaging performer of contemporary music.
Having a wide repertoire of solo and chamber music that ranges from Couperin to Stockhausen and beyond, Seda has performed frequently in Turkey, Austria, Germany, and the USA.
As a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, Seda researched Viennese piano music from the contemporaries of Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg. Her debut album—inspired by her interest in scholarship and performance—brings together music of three centuries by composers who were active in Vienna: Mozart – Brahms – Berg.
Before arriving at Harvard University in 2007 Ms. Röder graduated from the Mozarteum in Salzburg and worked intensively with the world-renowned Beethoven and Brahms specialist Gerhard Oppitz at the Musik Hochschule in Munich. In addition to her formal piano studies she focused on the study of period instruments and performance practice, explored orchestral repertoires as a guest student of Bruno Weil’s conducting class and attended master classes with András Schiff and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling.
For her extraordinary artistic achievements Seda Röder was awarded several prestigious fellowships, amongst them grants from the Austrian Department of Education, the German Academic Exchange Program, the merit-based scholarship of the “Alumni Foundation of the Austrian St. Georg-Kolleg, Istanbul”, as well as the Richard-Wagner-Scholarship in Munich.
Ms. Röder currently serves as an Associate of the Department of Music at Harvard University.