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Jon Rose Web

Jon Rose via The Australian Music Centre

This site is 25 years old, still getting over 250,000 hits a month, but no longer functioning very well on the plethora of new platforms. And so is being updated. Many items will not be transfered to the new site but remain accessable using a regular computer on the old archived site JonRoseWeb Archive

For 45 years Jon Rose has been creating a unique body of work, almost everything imaginable on, with, and about the VIOLIN. Working with many of the significant pioneers of new music, he has appeared on over 90 CDs and LPs and performs in some 25 countries. He is a recognised virtuoso in improvisation, a composer specialised in writing works for strings, orchestras, and live sampling, a pioneer in environmental works, an innovator in interactive electronics and he has also built over 20 experimental violin instruments and composed over 30 radiophonic works.

In 2012 The Music Board of The Australia Council honored Jon Rose with its most prestigious award for life time achievement, The Don Banks Prize. AND The blockbuster 4 CD Box set ROSIN to celebrate Jon's 60th Birthday (a little late) is still available complete with signed used bow hair, data disc, and extensive booklet!

Steve Elkin's prize winning film on the alternative music practice of Jon Rose, Bob Ostertag, Miya Massaoka, and John Luther Adams THE REACH OF RESONANCE is available as a download.

The final manifestation of Pursuit for 130 mobile bicycle powered musical instruments took place in Canberra in 2012, guaranteed you ain't seen/heard nothing like it!

For 2017, Jon was composer in residence at The Peggy Glanville-Hicks House.

June 2018 saw Jon Rose and partner Hollis Taylor in residence at the remote Aboriginal community of Warmun, Western Australia, developing a violin project with the local Gija school kids. Check out what 20 cheap Chinese violins can sound like after 3 weeks with The Wild Violins of Warmun

The international Magazine for new music Contemporary Music Review has devoted an entire issue to JON ROSE: THE ROSENBERG MUSEUM Volume 37, 2018. Print ISSN 0749-4467, Online 1477-2256

The Online version is the better bet as there is a colour section and links to videos... however you have to be an academic in an institution to get access...such is the world.

For the first and only time in Melbourne; The Substation presented - Violin Generator - 4th- 13th April 2019. If you missed it, you'll never know ...

The Rosenberg Museum is the creation of violinist, composer, artist, inventor, Jon Rose and houses over 1000 artefacts of violin iconography - a cabinet of curiosities highlighting the musically perverse, historically twisted, culturally critical, and politically charged. The Melbourne event featured deviant string ensemble of Erkki Veltheim, Rachael Kim, Lizzy Welsh, Judith Hamann, Biddy Connor, Chloë Smith and disturbing automatons and installations by Robbie Avenaim, Ernie Althof, Rainer Linz, Brigit Burke, and Michael McNab.

And here are the links to Dr Rosenberg's Wunderkammer in 2018 and in The Museum Goes Live in 2016.

What's New

March 2023
'Beak' - Kronos Quartet plays the world premiere, a composition based on the song of a Pied Butcherbird by Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor.
Adelaide Festival
July 2022
'Fringe Benefits 1977​-​1985' - Historic glimpses of Improvised and Experimental Music in Australia; making available recordings from the original vinyl and cassette catalogue on Fringe Benefits.
May 2021
'State of Play' titles my double album featuring duo improvisations and recent projects with a cast of great collaborators...out now!
ReR Recommended Records, London
May - October 2021
'Whistling in the Dark' embraces a set of duets between various pied butcherbirds (from field recordings in outback Australia) and virtuosic human musicians (in home lockdown) performing transcriptions of this extraordinary avian music.
On Line Project available September
November 2021 - Premiere
'Mendel's Mix' - A commission for Brno Contemporary Orchestra. Finally after many Covid-19 delays, the work is performed. Inspired by the 'father' of genetics, Johann Gregor Mendel, and based on the structure of DNA, you can mix your own version here.
Brno, Czech Republic
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Jon Rose plays violin on a camel 2010
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