Michael Rosen

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Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Temple University; Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from University of Illinois.

Professional Experience: Principal Percussionist with the Milwaukee Symphony from 1966-1972; Performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Da Camera Music Society of Houston and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra. He has worked under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Pierre Boulez, Lorin Mazel, Leonard Slatkin, Lukas Foss, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Carlos Chavez and Pablo Casals. He has worked directly with, Luciano Berio, John Cage, Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brün, George Crumb, Lukas Foss, Kenneth Gaburo, Iannais Xenakis, Harrison Birtwistle and Pierre Boulez.

Other Activities:
Associate Editor of Percussive Notes Magazine and also maintains a continuing column entited "Terms Used in Percussion." Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988. Rosen has premiered many solo marimba compositions and percussion ensemble compositions with the award winning Oberlin Percussion Group. He performed the American Premieres of Pleides, Zyklos and Idmen by Iannis Xenakis. In 2009 he served as a panelist for the International Geneva Music Competition. He is known as the marimbist who introduced the marimba music of Akira Miyoshi, Maki Ishii and Minoru Miki to the US. Mr Rosen has recorded with the Bayerische Rundfunk, Opus One, Lumina, Albany and CRI labels.

Born in Philadelphia where he studied with Charles Owen (Philadelphia Orchestra). He has also studied with Fred Hinger (Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera), Cloyd Duff (Cleveland Orchestra) and Jack MacKenzie (University of Illinois).

Clinics and Performances:
Performed concerts and clinics in Canada, Germany, Holland, France, Brazil, Finland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Hong Kong as well as throughout the US. In 1988 and again in 2006, he was a visiting teacher at the Beijing Conservatory in China . In 1978, visiting teacher at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Holland. In 1974, 1981 and in 1990 he appeared as a marimba specialist at the Percussive Arts Society Convention. Appeared at MusicFest Canada as cymbal clinician in 1998. In 1994, 1997 and 2001, offered a marimba course at the Arturo Toscanni Foundation in Parma, Italy and in the summer of 2004 taught at the PercuPassion course in France. In January of every year he performs and teaches at the FEMUSC festival in Jaragua, Brazil. He has performed and conducted many times at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions. Mr. Rosen is a Zildjian clinician.

Teaching Philosophy:
"In my teaching I stress the development of strong technique coupled with careful musicianship through the study of both solo literature for marimba as well as percussion and timpani orchestral repertoire. I think it is essential that students perform a wide range of musical styles from Early Music through the Romantic, to Modern, to the most contemporary music such as that written by Berio, Cage, Boulez, Ferneyhough, Crumb and Schwantner and to use music as a way of understanding the world. Percussion studies at Oberlin are both intense and stimulating, developed in a nurturing environment. My studio is small, with two to four percussionists in each class, giving us a total of 10 to 13 majors at any one time. This number allows me to give each of my students a great deal of individual attention. Oberlin has no graduate school, a fact which allows me to direct all my attention to the undergrads. I teach all lessons; there are no graduate assistants. All other instruction such as history and theory is taught by experienced faculty members in both the Conservatory as well as the College. I believe that a well trained mind can find its own education and that in the best percussion program there should exist a sense of a shared community; people banded together with similar interests and goals. In such a setting, if something comes out of all the time spent in a practice room alone, you know there is somebody there in the community who wants to see what you have accomplished, someone who will be pleased if you are doing something well and honestly disappointed if you don't. Meanwhile you will hone your skills, your skin will thicken and you can begin to grow a winter coat of hair that might help sustain you in the sometimes cold and difficult journey ahead."

Mr. Rosen is an avid cook and student of cuisines of the world. When not in the kitchen making bread or investigating Italian cuisne, he is on the tennis courts trying to improve his serve. He also enjoys remodeling his house and working in the garden. Married to Marlene Ralis Rosen who teaches voice at Oberlin Conservatory, they often perform together. The couple has a Bernese Mountain Dog named Max who they take for walks in Tappan Square.

Michael Rosen's Rhythm Nation by Zachary Lewis