Silvia Roederer


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Silvia Roederer was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When she was 7 years old, her family emigrated to Denver, Colorado, where her interest in music intensified and led to training at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY (B.M.) and graduate degrees at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (M.M., D.M.A.).

Silvia and her husband Leslie Tung moved to Kalamazoo, MI when he was invited to join the music faculty at Kalamazoo College. Soon afterwards, a piano position opened at WMU, which Silvia accepted and held for 27 years, teaching a studio of undergraduate and graduate piano majors, teaching piano skills in larger classes, supervising graduate students in their class piano teaching duties, and coaching chamber music. She recently received the 2017 “Excellence in Teaching” award from the College of Fine Arts, in her last semester before retiring from WMU.

In addition to many rewarding collaborations with colleagues at WMU, Silvia served for 18 years as pianist of the world-renown Verdehr Trio. The work of this trio, with its unusual configuration (violin, clarinet, piano) has left an important legacy in the field of chamber music.  With over 250 new works written for the Verdehr Trio, there is now a significant body of literature to make such a combination of instruments a viable chamber ensemble.  As a member of the trio, Silvia premiered countless new works written for the trio all around the world, had the pleasure of meeting and working with composers of the works, and recorded 12 critically acclaimed CDs and 6 DVDs of these works.

Other musical interests include playing and teaching harpsichord, and performing in a duet with her husband Leslie Tung (Duo Furioso).