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Masumi Per Rostad
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Japanese-Norwegian violist, Masumi Per Rostad, has often been described as an elegant and expressive musician. As a member of the Pacifica String Quartet, with whom he performs over 90 concerts a year, he won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Chamber Music Performance’ (2009), Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year, the Cleveland Quartet Award and is the faculty quartet in residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Masumi has participated at the Marlboro Music Festival and performed as violist for the Spoleto USA and Skaneateles chamber music festivals. He has toured and recorded with the International Sejong Soloists and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. He can be found on recordings for numerous labels including Cedille Records, Naxos, Tzadik, Windspell Productions, and Musical Observations.

In 2008 the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC, where he began his musical studies at age three, presented him with the ‘Rising Star Award’ for musical achievement. Mr. Rostad received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where he was awarded the Lillian Fuchs Award for outstanding graduating violist. At Juilliard he studied with Karen Tuttle and was her teaching assistant. Paul Zukofsky is among his most influential musical mentors. He has also served on the faculty of the Northwestern University School of Music and is currently on the visiting faculty of the University of Chicago.

Masumi performed the world premiere of Michael White's Viola Concerto in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with conductor James DePreist after winning the Juilliard concerto competition in 1999. He also gave the New York premiere of Paul Schoenfield's Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony. The New York Times described it as "magnificently performed" and New York magazine heralded him as “headed for the big career.”

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Love and Respect

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 2:12 PM

My viola mother, Karen Tuttle -- who strode through the lobby of Juilliard as an octogenarian clad proudly in her full-length neon pink mohair jacket, who smacked students soundly on their butts in master classes, who taught me how to scream like a baby again, who leapt randomly out of...

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Shop(ping) Talk

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 1:27 PM

I went to yet another violin shop this weekend. The fine violin shop cliche is a beautiful space in a prime location with oriental rugs and antiques peppered throughout. A fancy 19th century time machine. As a poor college student I was very intimidated by the whole experience. "Umm, is...

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The Sensual Viola: The Hunt Begins

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Whenever I am near Palo Alto I steal away to visit Bernie Zaslav and talk shop. "It took me at least a year to begin to discover all of my beautiful Guad's erogenous zones..." Bernie says it with a sly smile and lets out his great chuckle. We have NYC...

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