Chair of Precollege Jazz Arts
Guitarist, composer, and educator Chris Rosenberg has performed in many of the major cities of 23 countries around the world. An alumnus of both the University of Minnesota (Bachelor of Music) and Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music), he has been on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music since 1988. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota, the New School, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and New Jersey City University.
Mr. Rosenberg has performed with many notable musicians, including Laurie Anderson, Don Cherry, Terry Clarke, Harold Danko, Jerry Garcia, Anthony Jackson, Pat Metheny, John Mosca, Dick Oatts, Daniel Ponce, Dewey Redman, Lou Reed, Lou Soloff, Steve Turre, and Eliot Zigmund, among others. He performed for 13 years with Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Lifetime winner Ornette Coleman in his award-winning ensemble Prime Time. Mr. Rosenberg has also been a featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Tokyo Symphony. He is a Verve recording artist.
In addition to his work as a guitarist and composer, Mr. Rosenberg is an active clinician, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant. He has created educational programs for Midori & Friends, been a guest lecturer at Yale University, adjudicated several competitions in the United States, and given clinics and master classes in the United States and Europe. His work has received several awards, including the Downbeat International Critic’s Poll award.
Chris Rosenberg is Chair of the Precollege Jazz Arts Program, and currently teaches multiple courses at Manhattan School of Music, as well as directing performing groups and maintaining a private studio. Happily, Manhattan School of Music is his teaching home.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2003.