April 02, 2007

VIDEO: Violins & Cigars -- Aaron Rosand at 80

One of my favorite “youngsters” at The Curtis Institute of Music Aaron Rosand turns 80. The New York Times called Aaron Rosand “one of the great living exponents of Romantic violin music.” At Curtis, Aaron studied with Efrem Zimbalist who was a student of Leopold Auer at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.

And so, the tradition of great Russian school of violin playing continues as Aaron passes it along to his students. Last Saturday, Aaron Rosand played his 80th-Birthday concert at Curtis with his collaborative pianist, and my classmate,
Hugh Sung. The second half of the concert belonged to his current and former students.

In a touching moment, standing on stage with his students, Aaron was so choked-up with pride that words were not necessary.

One after another, his students filled the hall with remarkable musicianship and stylish violin playing. Performers included current students: Stephanie Jeong and Anna Tifu, and former students:
Elissa Lee Koljonen (Concert Violinist), Benjamin Schmid (Concert Violinist), Alexander H. Kerr (former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam; now professor at Indiana University) and Steven Copes (concertmaster Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra). My classmate, pianist Robert Koenig, collaborated with Kerr and Copes.

Below is a charming short video. Enjoy!

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