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Aaron Rosand - A Violinist in the Great Romantic Tradition

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A very young Aaron Rosand Among the world's outstanding violinists is Aaron Rosand, whose masterful playing has captivated audiences and critics throughout the world. A true violinist's violinist and "one of the great living exponents of Romantic violin music," according to the New York Times, Rosand has made "some of the greatest recordings of this century" (Gramophone Magazine); recordings lauded by Strad magazine as "synonymous with immaculate technical achievement, beautiful multi-coloured tonal luster, artful phrasing, stylistic elan, and a probing musical intellect." [view online discography].

Photograph of Aaron Rosand Rosand carries on two traditions of playing, having studied both with Leon Sametini (a student of Eugene Ysaye) at the Chicago Musical College, and with Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. (a student of Leopold Auer) at the the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. As Dorothy Richard Starling Chair of Violin Studies at Curtis and in master classes throughout the world, Rosand seeks to impart the twin strains embodied in his own playing - the Russian school of Auer and the Ysaye tradition - to a new generation. To view a videoclip from a masterclass, click here (ISDN/DSL users click here).

A prolific recording and performing artist, Aaron Rosand enjoys an enduring career that has spanned more than six decades. According to Strad magazine, Rosand's technique is "undiminished by the passing years, interpretations honed to perfection by a lifetime of performances. He has always had that ability to make music sound fresh and spontaneous, his tone shaded with a flexible vibrato ideal for Romantic music."

Since his orchestral debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 10, Rosand has appeared with the orchestras of New York, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Houston, London, Paris, Munich Tokyo, Rome, Vienna and Brussels, as well as the National Symphony, Bayerischer Rundfunk, English Chamber Orchestra and Concertgeboew, and many others. He continues to collaborate with major orchestras and conductors throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 2002, he celebrated his 75th birthday with a sold-out performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia [read review].

Fast approaching 80, Rosand still maintains an active teaching, performing, and recording career. His 2004 recital performance (which established a music scholarship fund in his name at Mills College) was recently released on DVD from Video Artists International. Also newly available on CD: recently unearthed, vintage performances of Aaron Rosand in Norway.

Aaron Rosand's biography is also available in other languages, including: German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese(30KB), Maltese, Portuguese, & Russian.

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