Piano Studies

WIU Piano Festival - April 26–27, 2019

Thomas Rosenkranz, Guest Artist  

Guest Artist

Pianist, Thomas Rosenkranz regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Recent tours have taken him to the Lincoln Center Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Hong Kong Modern Academy, Vianden (Luxembourg), MusicARTE (Panama), SoundSCAPE (Italy) and the Octobre Musicale and International Festival of Carthage (Tunisia). He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lebanon, and the Sichuan Philharmonic (China) among others. He twice served as Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State and was the recipient of the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association. He has completed three solo tours of China and continues to travel to China bi-annually to give concerts and masterclasses.

In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Rosenkranz is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time. His latest recording on Oberlin Records, Toward the Curve features commissioned works for piano and electronics alongside his solo improvisations.

He served as a Visiting Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music during 2017 and is currently the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division and Associate Professor of Piano at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. This summer he will join the distinguished artist faculty at the Almafi Coast Festival in Italy.

Schedule of Events  

Friday, April 26, 7:30PM: Recital  
Saturday, April 27, 10:00AM–12:00 noon: Masterclass

All events are free of charge and will take place in the College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall at Western Illinois University. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Brown at J-Brown2@wiu.edu with any inquiries related to the WIU Piano Festival. The 2019 WIU Piano Festival is made possible by the generous support of Professor Emerita Hyung Ja Kim.