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Stephen Rose Fun Facts

Q:Where do you get your musical inspiration?

A: I feel very lucky that my musical life has many aspects. Much of this is of course consumed by The Cleveland Orchestra. To play this repertoire with such a group is tremendously inspiring. Working closely with great conductors and soloists can be a powerful learning experience. I try to think of myself as a perpetual student, and this repertoire in this situation allows for continuous growth. I am also very fortunate to play quite a bit of chamber music every year. This is special for me as it’s the first thing that I did professionally, and to have the chance to play some of the most sublime repertoire with great friends and colleagues is indescribable. Finally, I learn so much from teaching. It is so rewarding to watch young musicians grow and be exposed to the beauty that is music. 


Q: What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?

A: My path to being a musician might be a bit different than some. My parents are musicians and music was always in the home. Perhaps I always knew I would be a musician, but I certainly didn’t admit to that until I was in late high school. It was then that I finally made the choice to dive completely in, as I knew that this was what I wanted and needed to pursue. I knew that a life in music was essential to my happiness. 

Q: What are some current projects you are working on?

A: My weeks these days are filled with Cleveland Orchestra rehearsals and concerts and LOTS of teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Music. With periodic chamber music performances, life stays quite busy!


Q: What drew you to the Colorado College Summer Music Festival?

A: I always knew of CCSMF and was thrilled to get the invitation from Sue and Scott to join the family. It’s such a special group of colleagues. When you combine that with great music and fantastic students, it’s a special privilege and highlight of my year.

Q: What are you most excited for this upcoming festival season?

A: I have had to miss the festival for the past two summers so I am so excited to return this year!