Thomas Rosenkranz


Position: Associate Professor (piano)
Phone: 419-372-2907
Email: trosenk@bgsu.edu
Address: 1063 Moore Musical Arts Center

Hailed as “One of the best new music performers around" (American Record Guide), Thomas Rosenkranz enjoys a musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and artist teacher. Since winning the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association, his concert career has taken him to four continents. He is a former Cultural Ambassador to Tunisia and Lebanon sponsored by the U.S. State Department. His repertoire extends from the works of J.S. Bach to premieres of works written exclusively for him, often including improvisation into his performances.

His 2014-2015 season includes performances in New York City at the Hear and Now series at Barge Music with violinist, Greg Fulkerson, and a performance of Ives’ Concord Sonata at the Spectrum Gallery. A performance in City Hall of Hong Kong sponsored by the Hong Kong Composers Guild. Concerto performances include György Ligeti’s Piano Concerto at the Cleveland Museum of Art with the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble and J.S. Bach’s D Minor Concerto with the Sichuan Philharmonic (China), as well as residencies and masterclasses at the festivals of MusicARTE (Panama), Hong Kong Modern Academy (China), soundSCAPE Festival (Italy) and New York University.

During recent years, he has concertized in many of the major cities of Asia including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, and Bangkok. His first trip to China began in 2006 when he was a featured soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra and since then he has returned annually. His 2013 visit included a nine-city tour including solo performances in the Grand Theatres of Ningbo, Hangzhou, and Wenzhou and in 2014, a studio tour throughout Sichuan Province.

He has been appointed to visiting residencies and professorships at the Sichuan Conservatory, Xinghai Conservatory, University of California at San Diego, and the Higher Institute de Musique Tunis among others. He has taught masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory, Tunghai University (Taiwan), Idllwild Arts Academy, and the Oberlin Conservatory. Prior to his appointment at BGSU, he was a faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. He has served on the jury of the International Spring Festival Competition (Shanghai), Shanghai Young Artist Competition, and the Oberlin International Festival Competition. His recordings can be found on the New Focus, Nonesuch, Bridge, and Oberlin labels.

Mr. Rosenkranz completed an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College Conservatory where he studied with Robert Shannon and earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with and was teaching assistant to Nelita True. On behalf of the Presser Foundation, he studied with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris. He is currently an Associate Professor of Piano at the College of Musical Arts at BGSU where he teaches piano, chamber music and leads the improvisation collective, The Combustible Arts Ensemble.