Classical pianist David Rogosin has performed across Canada, in the American midwest, and in the Caribbean and France. Praised for the brilliance, clarity and passion of his performances, he is highly regarded as a performer, adjudicator and teacher. As an Associate Professor at Mount Allison University since 2001, he has taught a wide variety of music courses. Apart from classical music he enjoys jazz and world music, holds the rank of shodan in aikido, and is fluently bilingual in French and English.
His first solo CD, Incandescence (2005), featured the music of Messiaen, Brahms, Bartók and Dallapiccola, and garnered much praise and frequent airplay on CBC. A second CD, Evocation (2012), features the music of Scarlatti, Haydn, Albéniz, Mompou, Ravel, Morel and Southam, and was nominated for an ECMA “Classical Recording of the Year” in 2013.
“I met David when he first moved to Sackville to take up his teaching position in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University. He would come into the gallery and we would talk and laugh. Laughing is easy with David.
One day, quite by accident, we started talking about music and I mentioned that I enjoyed singing. He quickly extended an invitation to ‘get together’ and play just for the fun of it. I was thrilled. A few days later I went to his studio and although I was very comfortable with him as a person, I was very nervous to be sharing music with him. I felt like I was at an audition or something. Yikes!
Well, in true David Rogosin fashion, I soon felt very at ease and within a few minutes we settled into a song we both loved – Summertime. He plays like ‘liquid silk’. The colours he creates with his playing are incredibly beautiful. By the end of Summertime I was standing apart from the moment – moved by the emotion and joy of having had the chance to experience such music with such a musician, to be a part of it. Thank you, David.” – Janet Crawford
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