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In 2003 Naxos released his recording with Curt Thompson of the complete Sonatas for Violin and
Piano by Charles Ives on their American Classics series. In March, 2004 The New York Times included
this CD on a list of outstanding Ives recordings. The recording has not only received outstanding
reviews from The New York Times, but also from Gramophone Magazine and Strad Magazine. Amazon
reviewer Scott Morrison says “the pianist, Rodney Waters, is simply superb.” “This is not music that
rewards timid, laid-back performers, and both Waters and Thompson hurl themselves into Ives’
compelling sound-world and present his often complex, overlapping ideas, with matter-of-fact
expertise.” (Bruce Hodges, MusicWeb)

In Houston he has performed with The Houston Symphony, as well as on chamber music concerts
presented by Context, St. Cecilia, Barmusic, Musiqa, and the Shepherd School of Music. From 1992-
2001 he served as a staff pianist at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University.

His work with refugees resettled by Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston resulted in the CD
Refuge, which combines music, poetry, and photography to raise both money and awareness for
refugees in the United States. Also an award-winning photographer, his portrait series of HIV-positive
individuals was unveiled during FotoFest 2006, an international photography festival held biannually in

A long-time advocate for the creative use of art for social causes, he is the Artistic Director of the
“Arts for AIDS” series, a program of AIDS Foundation Houston. Named for an African god of
compassion, the series raises funds for HIV prevention programs in the Houston area. In conjunction
Cassandra White, he recorded Twisted Torch: A Celebration of Life in April of 2007.
Pianist Rodney Waters, a native of Lubbock, Texas, earned his Bachelor
and Master of Music degrees from the Mannes College of Music in New
York, where he studied chamber music with Felix Galimir and piano with
Leon Pommers and Richard Goode. He has performed as soloist and
chamber musician in such venues as Weill Recital Hall (New York),
Orchestra Hall (Detroit) and Asahi Recital Hall (Tokyo). 2000 marked his
seventh trip to Japan, where he has performed in critically acclaimed
performances with soprano Lucy Shelton, baritone Yaron Windmueller,
violinist Asako Urushihara, flutist Lisa Nickl, and violist Mai Motobuchi.
Rodney Waters