Thomas Rosenkranz

Thomas Rosenkranz
Associate Professor of Piano/Keyboard Area Coordinator

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217 Grant Hall


Thomas Rosenkranz enjoys a musical life as soloist, chamber musician, improviser, festival organizer and artist teacher. He was the recipient of the Classical Music Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association in 2003 and since then has been active in concerts, master classes and artistic residencies throughout the world. Recent engagements have included the Lincoln Center Festival, Shanghai New Music Week, Hell Hot! (Hong Kong), Vianden Festival (Luxembourg), MusicARTE (Panama), Amalfi Coast Music Festival (Italy), Ravello Festival (Italy), ProPiano (Greece) and the International Festival of Carthage (Tunisia). In 2004 He was named a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State and travelled to Lebanon and Tunisia for a series of artistic collaborations with musicians from the region. He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lebanon, and the Sichuan Philharmonic (China).

In demand as an artist teacher, He has been presented in residences throughout North America and Asia. In 2019 he was named an official visiting professor of piano at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China and has been presented in master classes at the most prestigious institutions in the region including the Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xinghai, Xi’an, and Zhejiang Conservatories. Since 2006 he has been a member of the faculty at the soundSCAPE Festival at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory in Cesena, Italy where he leads courses on contemporary music and improvisation. From 2016–2018 he co-founded and directed the Maccagno Piano Days Festival and Competition in Maccagno, Italy.   

His discography includes the premiere recording of Paul Lansky’s Textures for two pianos/two percussion (Bridge Records), Toward the Curve (Oberlin Records) featuring works for piano and electronics and his solo improvisations, After the End (New Focus Records) featuring works of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Jesse Jones, Nataraja (New Focus Records) with flutist Conor Nelson featuring contemporary works for piano and flute, and Music for 18 Musicians (Harmoni Mundi France) with ensemble Signal featuring the music of Steve Reich.

He joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory (UMKC) faculty in Fall 2018 serving as the Keyboard Area Coordinator and Associate Professor of Piano. Previous appointments include the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University (2008–2018), Oberlin Conservatory (2017), and University of Hawai'i at Manoa (2005–2008). His former students hold university and conservatory positions throughout the United States and China.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robert Shannon and master's and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with and was a teaching assistant to Nelita True. He received career assistance from the Presser Foundation for study with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris.