Thomas Rosenkranz

Sought after as a performer and teacher, Thomas Rosenkranz appears regularly at halls, festivals and conservatories throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He was honored to twice serve as a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the United States State Department, travelling to the Middle East and North Africa promoting diplomacy through artistic collaboration. In 2003 he was named the recipient of the Classical Music Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association and has been a soloist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Lebanon, and the Sichuan Philharmonic of China.

In 2019 He was granted the official title of Visiting Professor of Piano at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China where he gives annual lectures, master classes and concerts. He continues to be presented in residencies and master classes at the most prestigious institutions in the region including the Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Xinghai, Xi’an, and Zhejiang Conservatories of China, Mahidol University in Thailand, Taipei School of the Arts in Taiwan as well as Princeton University and New York University in the United States. Since 2006 he has been a member of the faculty at the soundSCAPE Festival in Italy. He will serve as a member of artist faculty at the Amalfi Coast Arts and Music Festival in Maiori, Italy for 2021.

He joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory (UMKC) faculty in 2018 as the Keyboard Area Coordinator and Associate Professor of Piano. Previous appointments include the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University (2008–2018), Oberlin Conservatory (2017), and University of Hawai’i at Manoa (2005–2008). His former students have been prize winners at National Competitions and hold professorships throughout the United States and Asia.

He regularly serves on the jury panels for the Shanghai Spring Festival Competition and the Sichuan Golden Bell Competition in China.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robert Shannon and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with and was a teaching assistant to Nelita True. He received career assistance from the Presser Foundation for study in Paris with the legendary French pianist, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen.