Marie Rossano, Violin

The New York Philharmonic

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Marie Rossano

Marié Rossano joined the New York Philharmonic in May 2016. Since making her solo debut at age 11, Ms. Rossano has performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Northwest Sinfonietta, and more than a dozen other orchestras in the western United States. In 2015 she performed as concertmaster of the Malaysian Philharmonic under Giancarlo Guerrero and Fabio Luisi. She has enjoyed summer engagements at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, Strings Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, Deer Valley Music Festival, and Methow Valley Music Festival, and has also performed at Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourse, Verbier Festival Academy, and Starling-DeLay Symposia.

Ms. Rossano performed on the 1715 “Baron Knoop” Stradivarius violin in the 2010 PBS documentary Violin Masters: Two Gentlemen of Cremona, courtesy of the Fulton Collection. She was named First Laureate of the 2010 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and National Winner of the Music Teachers National Association 2008 Junior Strings Competition; she was also awarded the 2005 Seattle Young Artists Festival Medal and the Music of Remembrance David Tonkonogui Memorial Award in 2008.

Marié Rossano studied with Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s of music and the 2016 Edward Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies, and was recognized on the Dean’s List for excellence in academics. While at Curtis, she performed in the 2015 Dean’s Honors Recitals and the 2015 Beethoven Residency with Miriam Fried and Jonathan Biss, and toured worldwide with Curtis on Tour on multiple occasions as a soloist, chamber musician (including at the 2014 Henry Kissinger Award Ceremony in Berlin), and concertmaster of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra with Roberto Díaz and Robert Spano. Ms. Rossano also performed under the baton of conductors Rossen Milanov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robert Spano, and Osmo Vänska, as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

Ms. Rossano was born in Japan and raised in the Seattle area. In 2009 she founded Orcastra, a small, flexible, conductor-less string ensemble that has organized community engagement and charity concerts in the Seattle and Philadelphia areas, raising tens of thousands of dollars for tsunami victims in Japan and the impoverished in Tanzania and Guatemala.

“I enjoy logic and crossword puzzles and treasure outlets for spontaneous bursts of creativity — artwork, deep conversations, and creative problem-solving.”

Q&A with Marié Rossano

THE FACTS: Born in Osaka, Japan. Bachelor of music from the Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to the Philharmonic: concertmaster of the Malaysian Philharmonic and of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. At the Philharmonic: Joined May 2016.

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: My second recital, when I was five. When I finished playing, I felt the room’s energy turn into joy. For years I wondered why these sounds I learned to produce led to such warm waves of affection and adoration from my family — why I would receive flowers, why my daddy would hug me and point to his teary eyes — but it brought me the most simple, raw joy. That child’s joy is something I will never grow out of.

WHAT LED TO YOUR APPEARANCE IN THE PBS DOCUMENTARY VIOLIN MASTERS: TWO GENTLEMEN OF CREMONA? When I was a teenager, my teacher introduced me to his good friend Dr. David Fulton, a violinist and collector of fine Cremonese instruments, who happened to live several houses away. He let me play every one of his precious, legendary violins and bows, all in pristine condition and each with an incredible history of former masters like Menuhin, Ysaÿe, Szeryng, Perlman. That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience on its own, but then he invited me to perform for the documentary and casually asked me which instrument I would like to take to prepare! I was speechless. I picked the “Baron Knoop” Stradivarius because it felt most approachable and similar to my own violin.

TELL US ABOUT ORCASTRA, THE ENSEMBLE YOU FOUNDED THAT HAS RAISED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS IN JAPAN AND FOR THE IMPOVERISHED IN TANZANIA AND GUATEMALA: I chose charities with a personal connection because I felt it would mean more to us performers and to the audience. For example, my sister and one of the Orcastra violinists went to Guatemala to help out at a refuge, so we organized benefit recitals for the refuge that featured the two of them playing. The ensemble is named after orca whales, my favorite animal. As a youngster I wanted to become an orca scientist. There are currently more than 70 orcas — stuffed animals, pottery, jewelry, books — in our tiny apartment!

ARE THERE OTHER MUSICIANS IN YOUR FAMILY? My husband, whom I met at Curtis, is a trombonist. My dad is a financial consultant, my mom is a freshwater biologist, and my sister is a medical student and pole vaulter who plays piano as a hobby.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I love swimming long distances. My husband and I adore hiking, backpacking, and connecting with nature, especially in the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up. I enjoy logic and crossword puzzles and treasure outlets for spontaneous bursts of creativity — artwork, deep conversations, and creative problem-solving. Right now I’m reading Schoenberg’s Structural Functions of Harmony.

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