Violinist Aaron Rosand has died on Tuesday at the age of 92, according to sources close to the family.
Born in Hammond, Indiana to a Russian mother and Polish father, Rosand began playing the violin at age three and performed with the Chicago Symphony when he was just 10 years old. At one point in his 77-year playing career, he had a repertoire of some 75 concertos at the ready. For 53 years he played on one of the world's finest instruments, the 1741 "ex-Kochanski" Guarneri del Gesù. He has served as Professor of Violin at the Curtis Institute for more than 30 years and at Mannes College for nearly as long. Versed in both the Franco-Belgian and Russian traditions of violin playing (his primary teachers having been Leon Sametini and Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.), Rosand was teacher and mentor to many extraordinary violinists, including Ray Chen, Stephen Copes, David Coucheron, Stephanie Jeong, Alex Kerr, Elissa Koljonen, Richard Lin, Benjamin Schmidt and Stephen Waarts.
Here are our interviews with Rosand from 2014:
Below is a 1982 recording of Rosand playing the second movement from Antonin Dvorak's Violin Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel conducting.
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