Aaron Rosand

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Aaron Rosand
Aaron Rosand, Scarsdale, NY, 2016.jpg
Background information
Birth nameAaron Rosen
Born(1927-03-15)March 15, 1927
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 9, 2019(2019-07-09) (aged 92)
White Plains, New York, U.S.
Years active1945–2019

Aaron Rosand (born Aaron Rosen; March 15, 1927 – July 9, 2019) was an American violinist.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Hammond, Indiana, he studied with Leon Sametini at the Chicago Musical College and with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he taught from 1981 until his death.[1] Particularly noted for his insightful and passionate performances of the romantic repertoire and his beautiful but not syrupy tone, Rosand recorded prolifically and appeared all over the world with many major orchestras and concert organizations.

In the 1960s he performed often at Butler University's Festival of Neglected Romantic Music, resurrecting works that had not been heard in decades and helping spearhead the Romantic Revival in music.

In an April 1970 review in The New York Times, critic Harold C. Schonberg wrote of Rosand that “Romanticism on the violin had a rebirth last night in Carnegie Hall.” In the 1970s he also completed three acclaimed tours of Southern Africa.[2]

In October 2009, he sold his 1741 Guarneri del Gesù violin (previously owned by Paul Kochanski), which he had purchased in 1957 from the widow of Kochanski,[3] to a Russian businessman for around US$10 million. This was believed to be the highest price ever paid for a violin, and Rosand donated $1.5 million to the Curtis Institute of Music.[4]

Mr. Rosand passed away on July 9, 2019, aged 92.[5]


  1. ^ Curtis Institute of Music (2009). Faculty Bios by Name Archived September 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  2. ^ Information on Southern Africa Tours
  3. ^ Daniel J. Wakin, [1], Kochanski-Guarneri del Gesù
  4. ^ Daniel J. Wakin, 'A Tearful (and Lucrative) Parting of Virtuoso and Violin', The New York Times, 21 October 2009.
  5. ^ "American violinist Aaron Rosand has died aged 92". The Strad. July 10, 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2019.

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