Described by the New York Times critic Harold Schonberg as “one of the great living exponents of Romantic violin music”, Aaron Rosand has captivated audiences and critics the world over. His recordings have been hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “some of the greatest recordings of this century”. For over 50 years, Mr. Rosand performed on the ‘Kochanski’ 1741 Guarneri violin. In 2009, he sold it for $10 million, and subsequently donated $1.5 million of the proceeds to The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a student of Efrem Zimbalist, and where he currently teaches a new generation of master violinists.
When I was 19 years old and still a student at The Curtis Institute of Music, Aaron Rosand invited me to perform with him as his pianist for a concert tour of Japan and Korea. That began a 20 year collaboration filled with memorable performances and recordings, and a friendship that continues to this day. Despite this, there were many questions I still had for Aaron, so our conversation went on for some time and I hope you’ll enjoy and learn a thing or two – I know I did. Here’s part 1 of a 2 part interview and conversation with violinist Aaron Rosand.
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Sibelius Concerto (CD)
Mendelssohn Sonata in F major with Geir Henning Braaten, piano (video)
Beethoven Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” with Hugh Sung, piano (excerpt from “A Musical Memoir in Live Performances“)
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