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Book a Lesson with Rozanna Weinberger
Rozanna has steadily forged new ground, attracting audiences and redefining the role of a classically trained violist.
She recently soloed at the Tribeca Film Festival sponsored by the Manhattan Producers Alliance. Her career has included world premieres of concertos by Tania Leon and Maurice Gardner and appearances at the International Viola Congress in Canada and Ireland.
Rozanna has soloed at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rainbow Room, the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the United Nations, and the Worldwide Plaza in New York (accompanied by the indie band SEER). She has performed the world premiere for viola and chorus by Clare Shore at the Spoleto Festival as well as for Mayor Bloomberg.
Her unique style led to recording a solo viola part by Christopher Mangum accompanying the King Tut Exhibition, which toured museums throughout the world. As an improviser, Rozanna has played with Kim Garfunkel, Sara Caswell, and Nigel Kennedy and she’s performed with Madeleine Peyroux at Carnegie Hall and records her own music for Arabesque Recordings. Rozanna has been a solo artist with the El Goriava Dance Company and with the Francesca Harper Dance Project. As a New York freelancer, Rozanna has performed for numerous Broadway shows, Radio City Christmas Show and was one of the first Americans to win a seat in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.
Rozanna’s recent incarnation, Sweet Thunder, merges classical and popular culture seamlessly, redefining the role of the virtuoso. Her music videos have been seen throughout North and South America on the Classic Arts Showcase, the TRIO Network, the Park City Film Music Festival, Rhode Island and Columbus International Film Festivals, where her video, Chromatic Fantasy, was a prize-winner.
“...magisterial...” --The San Francisco Examiner
“...breathtaking virtuosity...” --American Record Guide
“heart-touching sincerity...unabashedly romantic… soulful...” --Village Voice
Rozanna has been a guest panelist at Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and Juilliard where she has been a consultant for entrepreneurial studies. Her unique artistic and teaching approach led to launching Rozanna’s Violins, available at Sam Ash, Guitar Center and other fine retailers. Rozanna has also written for Strings Magazine. Her belief in music as a means to sensitize children to the world around them has led to workshops at the United Nations for over 1500 children. Ms. Weinberger has served as a music consultant for the Head Start and New York Pops Music Outreach programs.
Almost everyone starts playing violin or viola because they love music and think it will be fun to do. But over time the technical challenges can wear away at a student to the point where joy and interest begin to wane. I try to help students find ways to make playing easier by discovering the most natural approach. In addition, when students can learn to develop awareness rather than judgement they will much more easily overcome technical difficulties. I also enjoy working on artistry and interpretation with repertoire for viola and violin, and can include classical, pop, improv, and other styles.