Karen Rostron

Precollege Faculty:
Violin, Viola, Chamber Music

Karen Rostron enjoys a varied musical career. As a founding member of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (MCO) as well as its concertmaster and executive director for the past 15 years, she has participated in over 100 premiere performances in New York City and more than 30 CD recordings. Praised by the media for her “intelligence as an interpreter,” she appears regularly as soloist and chamber musician both as violinist and violist in New York City, and as a principal guest artist of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Karen has been a soloist for the Eliot Feld Ballet Tech. Co. at the Joyce Theater in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in our nation’s Capitol, where she also performed live for the Paul Taylor Dance Co. She was formerly concertmaster of the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (PRO), Bridgeport (CT) Symphony, and Rutgers Summerfest Orchestra.

As an orchestral and chamber musician as well as soloist, she has performed in more than 200 cities in the United States, Europe, and Asia. In addition to the classical recordings with the MCO, she has also recorded with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, and for numerous films, television shows, and popular artists including Tony Bennett and Gerald Levert. She was recently seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, and appears in the movie The Mirror Has Two Faces. 2010-2011 performances include the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the St. Petersburg State Symphony (Russia), chamber music concerts on the Music in Midtown series at the City University of New York, Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Symphony Space, and a solo recital of contemporary violin music. She has performed live on radio stations KCCM – Fargo/Moorhead, WXXI – Rochester (NY), and WQXR – NYC.

Karen received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student and teaching assistant of Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Ms. Rostron is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music – Precollege Division. Her violin is by Camillus Camilli (Mantua, 1739).

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1988.