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April 13, 2007

'Last Romantic' Pianist Jerome Rose Will Play At UI April 28

Jerome Rose, hailed as "the Last Romantic of our own age" and "one of America's most distinguished pianists," will present a guest recital at the University of Iowa, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Rose's recital, part of the Piano Festival presented by the piano faculty of the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

Rose will also teach a master class to UI piano students, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. The public is invited to observe the master class, free of charge.

His program for the April 28 recital will feature three major works of the Romantic piano repertoire: Beethoven's Sonata in E Flat Major, op. 31 no. 3, Robert Schumann's Fantasie in C Major, op. 17, and Frederic Chopin's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 35, known as the  "Funeral March" Sonata.

Following a recital in New York in July 2006, Fred Kirshnit wrote in the New York Sun "Every generation has its 'last Romantic,' a pianist who captures, to an extraordinary degree, the windswept spirit of the late 19th-century Lisztian camp . . . Jerome Rose might be considered the last Romantic of our own age.

In the New York Times, Allan Kozinn described the same recital as "A program calibrated to (Rose's) strengths, which include the sonic heft, broad gestures and grand scale of Romanticism."

A Gold Medalist from the International Busoni Competition, Rose began his international career while still in his early 20s. He has made numerous recordings of Romantic repertoire, particularly works of Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann and Liszt.

He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome, the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the United States, he has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Atlanta Symphony.

Rose has given master classes at the Moscow Conservatory, the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Munich Hochschule, and he is a frequent guest at the Toho Conservatory of Music in Tokyo, Japan. He is on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and is founder/director of the International Keyboard Institute & Festival held every summer in New York City.

For more information on Jerome Rose, see or

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It typically includes master classes for UI students and free public performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the world.

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