Thomas Rosenkranz

Thomas Rosenkranz
Professor of Piano/Keyboard Area Coordinator

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217 Grant Hall


Dr. Rosenkranz is on academic leave Fall 2022.

Thomas Rosenkranz has charted a career that breaks through the conventional notion of what a classical pianist is. Equally at home with the standard repertoire to the most recent developments in contemporary music and improvisation, he has established himself as one of the most innovative pianists of his generation. He serves as Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator at the UMKC Conservatory.    

He was named the recipient of the Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association in 2003. Since then, he has performed throughout the world with recent festival performances at the Lincoln Center Arts Festival, Hell Hot! (Hong Kong), ProPiano (Greece), Rivello (Italy), Shanghai New Music Festival and the Carthage International Festival (Tunisia). He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, Beirut National Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Orchestra and was the featured soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra’s tour of China. 

He has twice been named a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State where he traveled to the Middle East and North Africa promoting diplomacy through artistic collaboration. He continues to present concerts in far-flung areas of the world where classical concerts are rare including the islands of Bali and Borneo in Indonesia, Inner Mongolia, and throughout Yunnan Province in China.    

He has been presented in residencies and master classes at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions including the Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xi’an, Xinghai, and Zhejiang Conservatories of China as well as Eastman, NYU, Oberlin, Peabody, and Princeton University in the United States. During the summers he serves on the faculty at the Amalfi Coast Arts and Music Festival (Italy) and since 2006, at the ​soundSCAPE Festival (Italy/Switzerland) where he teaches courses on improvisation and contemporary music.  

In addition to his performing career, he is also a celebrated artist-teacher. He was named a 2022–2023 Fulbright Scholar where he will serve as artist-in-residence at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan. In 2021, Portland Piano International honored him by naming him a Tholen Master Teacher. In 2019, He was granted the official title of Visiting Professor of Piano at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. His former students have been prize winners at international competitions and hold professorships throughout the United States and Asia. 

He studied with Robert Shannon at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.) and at the Eastman School (M.M., Performer’s Certificate, and D.M.A.) where He studied with and was teaching assistant to Nelita True. On behalf of the Presser Foundation for Music, he studied with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris.