Chair of Keyboard Department, UMKC Conservatory Visiting Professor of Piano, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China
Thomas Rosenkranz has charted a career that breaks through the conventional notion of what a classical pianist is. Equally at home with the standard repertoire to the most recent developments in contemporary music, he has established himself as one of the most innovative pianists of his generation.
He was named the recipient of the Classical Fellowship Awards from the American Pianists Association in 2003. Since then he has performed throughout the world with recent festival performances at the Lincoln Center Arts Festival, Hell Hot! (Hong Kong), ProPiano (Greece), Rivello (Italy), Shanghai New Music Festival and the Carthage International Festival (Tunisia). He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, Beirut National Orchestra, Seattle Chamber Orchestra and was the featured soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra’s tour of China.
He was named a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States Department of State where he traveled to the Middle East and North Africa promoting diplomacy through artistic collaboration. He continues to present concerts in far-flung areas of the world where classical concerts are rare including the islands of Bali and Borneo in Indonesia, Inner Mongolia, and throughout Yunnan Province in China.
In addition to his performing career, he is also a celebrated artist-teacher. In 2021 Portland Piano International honored him by naming him a Tholen Master Teacher. He was granted the official title of visiting professor of piano at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, where he is one of three pianists in the school’s history to hold this title.
He continues to be presented in residencies and master classes at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions including the Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xi’an, Xinghai, and Zhejiang Conservatories of China as well as Eastman, NYU, Oberlin, Peabody, and Princeton University in the United States. His former students have been prize winners at national competitions and hold professorships throughout the United States and Asia. During the summers he serves on the faculty at the Amalfi Coast Arts and Music Festival (Italy) and the soundSCAPE Festival (Italy).
He is the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. Prior to this appointment, he was a faculty member at the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University (2008–2018), Oberlin Conservatory (2017) and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (2005–2008).
He studied with Robert Shannon at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M.) and at the Eastman School (M.M., Performer’s Certificate, and D.M.A) where he studied with and was teaching assistant to Nelita True. On behalf of the Presser Foundation for Music, he studied with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris as one of her last students.