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Jon Rose started playing the violin at 7 years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester. He gave up formal music education at the age of 15 and from then on, was mostly self-taught.
Throughout the 1970's, first in England then in Australia, he played, composed and studied in a large variety of music genres - from sitar playing to country & western; from 'new music' composition to commercial studio session work; from Bebop to Italian club bands; from Big Band serial composition to Sound Installations. He became the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every Art Gallery, Jazz and Rock club in the country - either solo or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band.
In 1986, he moved to Berlin in order to more fully realise his on-going project The Relative Violin. This is the development of a Total Artform based around the one instrument. Necessary to this concept has been innovation in the fields of new instrument design (over 25 deconstructed violin instruments, eg. the legendary 10-string double violin, environmental performance (eg. playing fences in the Australian outback, new instrumental techniques (tested sometimes in uninterrupted marathon concerts of up to 12 hours long), both analogue and inter-active electronics ( bowing to Midi systems)... plus using the mediums of radio (over 40 major International productions for radio stations like ABC, BBC, WDR, SR, BR, Radio France, RAI, ORF, SFB, etc including 'Eine Violine für Valentin', 'The Long Sufferings of Anna Magdalena Bach' and 'Breadfruit'), live-performance-film, video and television to create a new, alternative, personal and revised history for THE VIOLIN.
Jon Rose performs his group projects and solo music in upwards of 50 concerts every year - in North America, Japan, Australia, South America, China, Scandinavia and just about every country in West & East Europe. He is featured regularly in the main festivals of New Music, Jazz and Sound Art e.g. Strasbourg New Music Festival; New Music America; Moers New Jazz Festival; European Media Festival; The Vienna Festival; Ars Elektronica; The Northsea Jazz Festival; Dokumenta; Roma-Europa Festival; Festival D'Automne; Festival Musique Actuelle; The Berlin Jazz Festival, etc. Rose has also been invited to curate Contemporary Music Festivals in Germany (e.g. Berlin Urbane Aboriginale) and Austria (e.g. Wels 'Unlimited'). He has curated his own festival "String 'em up" of radical string players and their instruments, invitations from such places as Podewil, Berlin in 1998 , or Tonic, New York in 2000. He also provided his spectacular giant sonic ball project for the opening of National Sawdust in New York 2016.
Jon Rose has appeared on over 90 records and CD's; He has worked with many of the innovators and mavericks in contemporary music such as The Kronos String Quartet, John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Butch Morris, Veryan Weston, Chris Cutler, Barry Guy, Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Connie Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Thomas Lehn, Chris Cutler, Otomo Yoshihide, Ilan Volkov, Bob Ostertag, Gerry Hemingway, KK Null, Alex Von Schlippenbach, Toshinori Kondo, Francis-Marie Uitti, Alvin Curran, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Phil Minton, Shelley Hirsh, Mark Dresser, Ben Patterson, Emmett Williams, John Cage, Paul Rutherford, Simone de Haan, John Russell, Luc Houtkamp, Joel Ryan, Peter Kowald, Borah Borgmann, Tristan Honsinger, Mari Kimura, Johannes Bauer, Dietmar Diesner, Peter Hollinger, The Soldier String Quartet, Borah Bergman, Sainko, Tristan Honsinger, Tony Oxley, Cor Fuhler, Steve Beresford, Eugene Chadbourne, Malcolm Goldstein, Jim Denley, Greg Kingston, Louis Burdett, Rik Rue, David Moss, Miya Masaoka, Barre Phillips, Roger Turner, George Lewis, Gunter Christmann, Davy Williams, Misha Mengelberg, Elliott Sharpe, Elena Kats Chernin, David Watson, Robin Fox, Tony Buck, Chris Abrahams, Robbie Avenaim, Joe Williamson, Aleks Kolkowski, Matthias Bauer, Lauren Newton, Uli Gumpert, Christian Marclay, Richard Barret, Clayton Thomas, Erkki Veltheim, Meinrad Kneer, Pierre Henry, Daan Vandewalle, etc).
In 1989, in co-operation with New Music Festival 'Inventionen' (Berlin), he directed the first 'Relative Violin Festival' with over 50 violinists from around the world.
Rose is also the originator of 4 books - The Pink Violin and Violin Music in the Age of Shopping (both published by NMA, Melbourne); Music of Place: Reclaiming A Practice - a call to arms for the revival of live music, and rosenberg 3.0 - not violin music.
The duo Temperament was formed in 2000 with pianist Veryan Weston, specialising in improvisation with different tunings (Just, 19 tone, etc) for the keyboards and various scordatura for the violins.
Jon is currently performing Palimpolin, one of a number of highly acclaimed works for violin and inter-active software. He received a grant in 2009 from The Australia Council to work with KMI in the USA, on developing the K-Bow
Other on going projects are Australia Ad Lib which documents alternative music practice in Australia and the duo Great Fences of Australia, a collaboration with US violinist Hollis Taylor.
Since 2001 Jon has worked in Australia with remote indigenous communities on projects like Wreck and The Wild Violins of Warmun.
In 2009 The Kronos String Quartet and The Sydney Opera House commissioned Music from 4 Fences.
The Rosenberg Museum does actually exist with over 1,000 violin related artefacts and takes up more of his time in recent years since its return to Sydney in 2015.
The Music Board of The Australia Council has honored Jon Rose with its most prestigious award for life time achievement and contribution to Australian music, The Don Banks Prize 2012.