Leonard Rose (cellist)

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Leonard Rose (July 27, 1918 – November 16, 1984) was an American cellist and pedagogue.

Rose was born in Washington, D.C.; his parents were immigrants from Kiev, Ukraine. Rose took lessons from Walter Grossman, Frank Miller and Felix Salmond and after completing his studies at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music at age 20, he joined Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra, and almost immediately became associate principal. At 21 he was principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra and at 26 was the principal of the New York Philharmonic.

He made many recordings as a soloist after 1951, including concertos with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, George Szell and Bruno Walter among others. Rose also joined with Isaac Stern and Eugene Istomin in a celebrated piano trio.

Rose's legacy as a teacher remains to this day: his students from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute and Ivan Galamian's Meadowmount Summer School fill the sections of many American orchestras, notably those of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. His pupils include Lori Singer, Raymond Davis, Desmond Hoebig, Peter Stumpf, Fred Sherry, Christopher von Baeyer, Myung-wha Chung, Thomas Demenga, Stephen Kates, Lynn Harrell, Yehuda Hanani, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Eric Kim, Bruce Uchimura, Donald Whitton, Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Leonard, Steven Pologe, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Matt Haimovitz, Richard Hirschl, John Sant’Ambrogio, and Marijane Carr Siegal. See: List of music students by teacher: A to B#Leonard Rose. He played an Amati cello dated 1662, played today by Gary Hoffman. Rose died in White Plains, New York, of leukemia.

In November 2009, a memorial marker was placed for Rose in the Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Farmingdale, New York, next to the grave of his first wife, Minnie Knopow Rose, who died in 1964. Minnie and Leonard met at Curtis, where she studied viola.

His second wife was Xenia Petschek, whom he married in January 1965. Xenia Rose died in 2002.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 6 Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord / 3 Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Keyboard Bach; Glenn Gould, Jaime Laredo, Leonard Rose 1
1989 Trio No. 2, Op. 100 Franz Schubert; Eugene Istomin, Leonard Rose, Isaac Stern 2
1990 Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Dvořák; Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, Eugene Ormandy 1
1994 Piano Trio Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost", Piano Trio Op. 97 "Archduke" Beethoven; Eugene Istomin, Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose 1
1995 Sonatas, BWV 1014 - 1017 Bach; Jaime Laredo, Leonard Rose, Glenn Gould 1
2000 Trio pour piano nº 1 Franz Schubert; Isaac Stern, Eugene Istomin, Leonard Rose 1
2011 Violin Sonatas / Cello Sonatas Brahms; Laredo, Rose, Pommier 1
Flute Quartets Mozart; Jean-Pierre Rampal, Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider, Leonard Rose 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra / Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Orchestra Brahms; Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
1993 Schubert: Symphony no. 5 / Schumann: Cello Concerto Schubert, Schumann; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Rose 1
1994 Symphony no. 9 "From the New World" / Carnival Overture / Cello Concerto Dvořák; Eugene Ormandy, Leonard Rose, Isaac Stern 1

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