Many of you have seen the news that Aaron Rosand has sold his violin and donated $1.5 million dollars to establish the Aaron Rosand Chair of Violin Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. We thank everyone who wrote to inquire about Rosand, his health and well-being. Rosand was deeply moved.
The sale of Rosand's Guarnerius, the ex-Kochanski, which has been his 'voice' for half a century, does not necessarily mean an immediate end to his concertizing, which he'd like to continue as long as he can. As he has been quoted "it remains to be seen" just how long that is. Nor will he stop teaching and holding master classes. And even if the violin leaves his hands, it is hard to imagine him without some instrument in his hand, and a cigar hovering over it.
Aaron Rosand is The Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Considered one of the finest music conservatories in the world, The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for performing careers. Rosand also chairs the violin faculty at Summit, New York's Summer Institute for intensive chamber music and instrumental training [violinists, why not apply... some scholarships available!] An unique pre-professional music training program for high school and college students and young professionals, Summit offers an ideal venue to connect and study with a world-renowned international faculty whose goal is to nurture students into well rounded musicians highly proficient in solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire. In addition Rosand occasionally teaches master classes to outstanding young virtuosos from around the world. Click here for a few example photographs and videoclips from prior Rosand masterclasses.
Eightieth-Birthday Tribute to violinist Aaron Rosand -- Perhaps you were able to join us at the celebration / tribute concert at the Curtis Institute of Music which was open and free to the public. Performers included Rosand and many of his former students, and highlights included screening of a tribute film and presentation of a citation from Mayor Street of the City of Philadelphia [more] -- this was one concert not to be missed! If you missed it, though, perhaps we'll see you at Aaron's 85th, in 2012.
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