Thomas Rosenkranz - Piano
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Sought after as a performer and teacher, Thomas Rosenkranz appears regularly at halls, festivals and conservatories throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He was honored to twice serve as a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States State Department, travelling to the Middle East and North Africa promoting diplomacy through artistic collaboration. In 2003 he was named the recipient of the Classical Music Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association. He has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lebanon, and the Sichuan Philharmonic (China).
He was named an official visiting professor of piano at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China in 2019. He has been presented in master classes and residencies at the most prestigious institutions in the region including the Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xinghai, Xi’an, Wuhan and Zhejiang Conservatories. Since 2006 he has been a member of the faculty at the soundSCAPE Festival in Cesena, Italy where he leads courses on contemporary music and improvisation for classical musicians. In 2016 co-founded the Maccagno Piano Days Festival and Competition in Maccagno, Italy.
He regularly serves on the jury panels for the Shanghai Spring Festival Competition and the Sichuan Golden Bell Competition (China). He holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robert Shannon and master's and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with and was a teaching assistant to Nelita True. He received career assistance from the Presser Foundation for study with the legendary pianist, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen in Paris.
He is currently the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music (UMKC).