Michael Rosen is as at home with symphonic literature as he is with contemporary music, having served as Principal Percussionist with the Milwaukee Symphony from 1966 to 1972. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival. Presently, he is Professor of Percussion at Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he teaches, conducts the Oberlin Percussion Group and is director of the Oberlin Percussion Institute.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Rosen was a student of Charles Woen and received his Masters' of Music degree from the University of Illinois where he studied with Hack McKenzie. He has also studied with Cloyd Duff and Fred Hinger.
He maintains a continuing column in Percussive Notes Magazine dealing with percussion terms in foreign languages and is also editor of the Focus on Performance section of the magazine. He has also served as clinician for many state chapters of the Percussive Arts Society as well as the International Convention several times. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the PAS for many years and is a clinician and endorser for the Zildjian Cymbal Company. Mr. Rosen is in demand as a clinician and has appeared for such organizations as the TBMA, OMEA, TMEA, MENC, MBDC and NYSMA. He has served as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and has recorded for the Bayerische Rundfunk, Opus One, Furious Artisans, Albany, Lumina and CRI labels.
Mr. Rosen has concertized and taught extensively in Europe, at the Jeunesses Musicales Internationale Summerkurse in Weikersheim, Germany, at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Holland and at the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma, Italy. Other engagements have included concerts and clinics at conservatories and music courses in Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Hong Kong and Beijing, China.