Thomas Rosenberg is nationally known as a dynamic performer, chamber music coach, and teacher. A resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota, his activities include numerous solo and chamber music recitals, performances with the Domenica Piano Trio, The Isles Ensemble, and performances as an extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Rosenberg was awarded the prestigious McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship Award in 2004. He also has received top chamber music prizes at the Munich (Germany), Portsmouth (England) and Chicago Discovery Competitions, and is a three-time Naumburg Chamber Music Award finalist. Since 1981, he has been Artistic Director of the renowned Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (www.Fischoff.org) through which he is a recipient of the 2007 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, the highest honor in the arts from that state. Mr. Rosenberg was a founding member of the highly acclaimed Chester String Quartet with whom he made numerous recordings and for twenty years, appeared on concert stages and live radio coast to coast in the United States, Canada, Central America and Europe. He has been solo cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble performing in all of the major concert halls in NYC, performed with jazz greats Charlie Hayden and Al Foster in Carnegie Hall and appeared at many music festivals including Aspen, Newport, Banff, South Mountain, Cape May, the Grand Tetons, and the International Music Festival in San Jose, Costa Rica. Recordings can be found on The Koch International, Chesky, New Albion and CRI labels. As a soloist, he has been noted by the Boston Globe as displaying “beautifully inflected, noble playing with a gorgeous dark tone.” He performs on a rare cello by Lorenzo Storioni made in Cremona, Italy in 1794.
He is currently on the faculties of Macalester College and Carleton College teaching cello and coaching chamber music, maintains The Opus 1911 Music Studio (www.tomrosenbergmusic.com), a busy private studio of pre-college cellists and chamber ensembles featuring many of the regions most outstanding young artists and is Director of the Chamber Music Academy (pre-college) and Summer Chamber Music Institute of The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music. Previously, he was on the faculty of The McNally Smith College of Music (until it’s recent closing) and has served as String Chamber Music Coordinator and primary chamber music coach for the University of Minnesota School of Music. His students have won many awards, regularly gain acceptance into top music schools, and over thirty students from his studio have performed on NPR’s “From the Top”. Tom is recipient of the 2003-4 “Master Studio Teacher Award” from the Minnesota chapter of the American String Teachers Association and has also been named “Arts Educator of the Year” by the Michigan-Indiana Arts and Sciences Council. Tom is a featured “blogger” and host of Live Internet “CelloChats” on www.cellobello.com , has led chamber music “informances” to audiences around the US, and has presented a series of lectures on the Beethoven String Quartets. During summers he has taught cello and coached chamber music at music centers such as the Tanglewood Institute, The Quartet Program where he has also been Associate Director, Icicle Creek, Bravo, and the Midwest Young Artists Summer Chamber Music Camp. Recent masterclasses have been at The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Boston University, Boston Conservatory, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Temple University, Texas Tech University, Ohio State University, The Columbus Chamber Music Connection and Suzuki Program, The Interlochen Arts Academy, the Music Institute of Chicago and Webster University in Saint Louis.