The Independence Sinfonia is fortunate to have Jerome Rosen as our music director. Mr. Rosen graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music with an Artist’s Diploma in violin and from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor’s in Music. He has studied under such distinguished musicians as Henri Nosco, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, and Rafael Druian on violin and Arthur Loesser, and John Bloomfield on piano. In addition, Mr. Rosen has studied chamber music with Jascha Brodsky, Josef Gingold, and Leonard Rose; composition with Herbert Elwell and Marcel Dick; and conducting with George Szell (as apprentice conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra) and James Levine.
Mr. Rosen spent a 40-year professional career as a member of some of the world’s leading orchestras. He spent 27 years as a violinist and keyboardist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from which he retired in 1999. He has also held the position of Concertmaster of the Boston Pops (where he also occasionally functioned as an arranger), Associate Concertmaster in the Detroit Symphony, and has been a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, the American Symphony, the New School Chamber Orchestra and Festival Casals. Mr. Rosen’s piano experience includes rehearsal accompanist for Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw and rehearsal accompanist for Lake Erie Opera.
He has had solo violin performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Boston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, and played Mozart Piano Concertos with the Boston Pops. In the last 15 years, he has appeared as a solo recital pianist in Cambridge MA, Newburyport MA, Boston, and New York City, where he played the Bach “Goldberg” Variations in 2008 . He will perform Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations next fall.
He has played chamber music as violinist with the Cleveland Piano Trio (with James Levine and Lynn Harrell), the Marlboro Festival, the St. Clair String Quartet of Michigan, and the Brattle String Quartet of Boston. As a pianist, Mr. Rosen performed the Beethoven violin sonata cycle in 1992 and 2004, a Brahms Chamber Sonata cycle in 1996 and organized the chamber music series “Music Among Friends” with his BSO colleagues.. Mr. Rosen was also the Music Director of Oak Park Symphony in Detroit and a Conductor of the Repertoire Orchestra at Boston University.
Mr. Rosen’s has been a private violin teacher; violin instructor and chamber music coach at Boston University; a chamber music coach at Tanglewood Music Center for 19 years; director of chamber music studies, Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and a coach at Heart of Chamber Music, a workshop for amateur chamber musicians at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Other than music, his hobbies and interests include mathematics and philosophy, computer science, and poetry. His ambitions include getting through the Fugue of Beethoven op. 106 without breaking down, establishing a chamber music series in Jersey City, and writing a memoir. Mr. Rosen currently resides in Jersey City, to which he moved in 2007 in order to be near his granddaughter.