Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Rony Rogoff studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, as well as in Switzerland with Joseph Szigeti. As a soloist he was accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, as well as by the leading orchestras in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Manila, Caracas, the radio orchestras in Copenhagen and Stuttgart, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the ‘Rheinland- Pfälzische Staatsphilharmonie’ under conductors like Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Enrique García Asensio, Aldo Ceccato and Arthur Fiedler.
His solo performances of Bach’s Partitas and Stockhausen’s ‘Zodiac’ at the Lincoln Center in New York have achieved a legendary status and were released by Sony. Besides being in command of the complete standard repertoire, Rogoff has always dedicated himself to lesser-known but valuable works such as the violin concerto of the great Norwegian dodekaphonist Fartein Valen, of which he gave the American premiere.
In 1982, the famous critic H. H. Stuckenschmidt declared after witnessing Rogoff’s performance of Alban Berg’s violin concerto at the Berlin Festival with the Munich Philharmonic under Celibidache, that this performance had corresponded more than any other one with the last will of its composer, whom he had known personally.
The long-lasting collaboration with Roumanian conductor and music phenomenologist Sergiu Celibidache has been the most influential in Rogoff’s professional life. He served as Celibidache’s violin soloist all of the world, and Celibidache’s influence permeated through his master classes for violin and chamber music, which are highly regarded, and his orchestra building. Many of his students are now members of the most prestigious orchestras and chamber music societies in the world.
Rogoff has encouraged a continuous open exchange with many other internationally acclaimed artists, orchestras and extraordinary students, all of whom have helped him to develop into one of the most experienced violin teachers and orchestra builders of our time, including in Denmark (Danish Radio Orchestra); Germany (Munich Young Philharmonic); Spain (Servera Festival Orchestra); throughout the Philippines (Outreach Program); on the recommendation by Celibache to Venezuela’s El Sistema founder and Cultural Minister Jose Antonio Abreu, conducting, teaching seminars and bringing to a professional level five El Sistema orchestras (Barquisimeto, Valencia, Maracy and Caracas, i.e., Simon Bolivar Orchestra and Caracas Chamber Orchestra); and Italy, where he was urged by a group of his students to form a chamber orchestra.
Originally situated near Vicenza and named ‘I Cameristi - La Scuola di Rony Rogoff’, the orchestra quickly gained an outstanding reputation and was soon invited to the renowned Italian festivals in Bologna and Venice. In Venice they performed Johannes Brahms’ complete chamber music, as well as the first serenade for orchestra. The cycle was recorded live and issued on CD (released by Mondo Musica and highly praised by the media in Germany and Italy). After becoming incorporated into the Fondazione Cini in Venice, the orchestra was renamed ‘Accademia Musicale di San Giorgio’, and recorded performances of demanding works like Anton Bruckner’s String Quintet, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphoses, Arnold Schönberg’s ‘Transfigured Night’ and ‘Suite in G’, Béla Bartók’s Divertimento, as well as symphonic works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, etc., demonstrating the unique qualities of this ensemble.
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