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Thomas Rosenkranz

Associate Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator

Thomas Rosenkranz is Area Coordinator of the Keyboard Division and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (UMKC). He 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) 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 is currently the Co-Director of the Maccagno Piano Days Festival and Competition in Italy.

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. Other notable recordings include the premiere recording of Paul Lansky’s Textures on Bridge Records and Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich with Ensemble Signal on Harmonia Mundi (France). He has been a member of the artist faculty at the soundSCAPE Festival in Italy since 2006 where he leads courses in contemporary music and improvisation.

Rosenkranz has given master classes and has been presented in residences throughout North America and Asia. He regularly gives master classes at China’s leading institutions including the Shanghai, Sichuan, Xinghai, Xian, Shenyang, and Zheijiang Conservatories and others including the Taipei School for the Arts, Tunghai University (Taiwan), Mahidol University (Thailand), New York University, Princeton University, University of California at San Diego, Eastman School of Music, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He served as a Visiting Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music during 2017. Rosenkranz served as an Associate Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Program at the College of Music Arts at Bowling Green State University, 2008–2018 and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2005–2008.

He regularly serves on the jury panels for the Shanghai Spring Festival Competition and the Sichuan Golden Bell Competition (China). Dr. Rosenkranz studied with Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music and with Robert Shannon at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received career assistance from the Presser Foundation for study with the legendary French pianist, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris.