Long time Curtis Institute of Music violin pedagogue Aaron Rosand has passed away this evening from pneumonia – aged 92.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leon Sametini and Efrem Zimbalist, Mr Rosand served the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies teaching position on faculty at the Philadelphia school from 1981 until his retirement earlier this year.
His famed students included Benjamin Schmid, Alexander Kerr, Stephanie Jeong – and VC Artists Ray Chen, Richard Lin, Dami Kim, Ziyu Victor Li, Yu-Chien Benny Tseng and Stephen Waarts.
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“He is one of the truly great violinists and teachers of the 20th century … and Curtis has been honored to benefit from his wisdom, expertise, and generosity for over three decades … the legacy he leaves behind is unmatched,” Curtis Institute of Music President Roberto Díaz said in May of this year at Mr Rosand’s retirement from school.
“Aaron Rosand … the greatest violin teacher of his time … he taught in such a way that challenged his students to their maximum capabilities … in lessons he would take out his violin and play a passage – no matter how difficult, so gracefully, and with such gravitas, that it would make one immediately think ‘I need to do better’ … ” VC Artist Ray Chen has this evening told The Violin Channel.
“I am proud and honored to be his student, one of many, who will carry, and share his legacy, with fellow musicians and audiences around the world … we will miss you, Mr Rosand,” he has said.
“Thank you Mr Rosand for your incredible influence in my life and contribution to the world of music … I feel so grateful for all the time, wisdom, and generosity you shared with me through the years,’ VC Young Artist Stephen Waarts has today said.
Mr Rosand was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Curtis Institute of Music in May of this year – in recognition of his services to violin teaching.
Our condolences are with his family, friends, colleagues, students and widow, Mrs Christina Khimm-Rosand.