quote:The Kochanski del Gesł has remained my faithful companion, my voice, for 40 nearly years.
With the first notes I played on this magical instrument, I lost my heart.
Hearing Aaron Rosand play is a musical experience! Aaron Rosand was born March 15, 1927 in Hammond, Indiana and grew up in Chicago. He began to learn the violin at only 3 years of age and made his debut at the age of ten with the Chicago Symphony playing the Mendelssohn Concerto. He performed with the major orchestras of the world.
He is a professor at The Curtis Institute of Music on Rittenhouse Square in Center City (downtown) Philadelphia
where he is the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair.
In the 1950's Rembert Wulitzer allowed Mr. Rosand to borrow different violins to play on and he would then play the violin for people who were interested in buying it. He purchased 1741 Kochanski del Gesł from Jack Rosenthal in 1958. It's beautiful deep red-varnish is in wonderful condition. Aaron Rosand's faithful companion the Kochanski is truly his very own musical voice.
Aaron Rosand and John Covelli, his accompanist, play a recital at Bel Eden on the video tape: An Evening at Bel Eden
There is a tour of the beautiful home, Bel Eden owned by Dr. Steven Wernick, and the recital is wonderful!! I enjoy this video very much. Aaron Rosand plays: Tartini, Devil's Trill; Mozart Adagio
and Rondo; Sarasate, Malaguena; Sarasate, Zapateado; Ravel, Piece en Forme de Habera; Ravel, Valses Nobles et Sentinentales; Legende, Wieniawski; Souvenir de Moscow.
Aaron Rosand is one of the last greatest 20th century virtuoso violinists still performing -- others such as Heifetz and Milstein are now gone. His truly amazing technique and versatility are rarely seen today, even among the most popular newer-generation violinists.
His teachers were:
Leon Sametini - Chicago Musical College
Efrem Zimbalist - Curtis Institute
Aaron Rosand, the teacher, quotes this in The Strad Magazine November 1997
Most physical problems young violinists develop are caused by bad position or tension, or trying to over vibrate and the increased pressure needed to produce a volume of sound on synthetic strings. I am a stickler for good position and my students are always noticeable the way they hold their violins and bows. He insists on scales everyday!
In the next few months, Vox Music Group will be releasing a CD of the Sibelius and Khachaturian concerti featuring Mr. Rosand and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kees Bakels. This recording is a brilliant coupling of two quite different but very profound works.
Mr. Rosand's many recordings, can be heard on his website, www.aaronrosand.com. The website includes a complete discography, biography (translated into multiple languages), news about Mr. Rosand's recent recordings, and even a contest to win a signed CD.
CDNow, December 1999 states: unsurpassed among active violinists, whether reinvigorating the core violin repertoire or reviving forgotten Romantic showpieces.