"Mr. Rose clearly likes this [French Romantic] music and plays it with a good sense of style and understanding of the effect it is intended to produce: grandeur and drama and, here and there, a bit of sentimentality, too." (The New York Times )
"John Rose is an exciting player while suppressing all exhibitionist tendencies. He is at all times in confident command of the instrument and its resources. His technique is comprehensive and his musicianship of high quality." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Rose is one of those rare performers who can establish a quick rapport with his audience...a first-class musician with brilliant technique and good showmanship." (The Evening Post, Charleston)
"One of the most stimulating concerts of organ music we have been privileged to hear in this city....his playing was not short of a revelation. This was our civic organ's finest hour!" (Victorian Organ Journal, Melbourne, Australia)
"All three performers are excellent, especially John Rose, who plays with great facility and a good deal of color and imagination." (Fanfare, Richard Burke)
"John Rose's recital was splendid. He is truly an inspired artist. The audience was delighted...He is not only a great artist but also a very special person." (Amaral Vieira, Sao Benito Organ Festival, Brazil)
"Rose's powerful, impassioned performance [with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra] captured the duality of the composer's nature. Technically, he offered virtuosity tempered with interpretive insights...he provided committed, authoritative playing [which] thrilled the spirit and the senses." (The Hartford Courant)
"John Rose lived up to all expectations....Sparkling fireworks of technical and musical effects, brilliantly delivered by a gifted artist."
(Aftenposten, Oslo, Norway)
"Mr. Rose demonstrated what a truly great and richly versatile instrument the organ can be in such gifted hands." (West Lancashire Evening Gazette, Blackpool, England)
"John Rose displayed great virtuosity, brilliance, and extraordinary control in an accessible program which always maintained the public's attention."
(La Vox de Michoacán, Morelia, Mexico)
"John Rose is a splendid player [who] displayed not only a brilliant technique, but a sensitive approach and a feeling of warmth." (The Ottawa Journal, Canada)
"His playing has the restraint that comes from maturity and confidence, but is never reserved or dull. It was a pleasure to hear him."
(The Grand Rapids Press, Michigan)
"John Rose's recital was a rich feast...Mr. Rose is a sensitive and well-equipped player. His strong technique was displayed impressively."
(The Kansas City Times, Missouri)
"One of the leading organists of the United States, Mr. Rose proved to be a very able player indeed."
(Glasgow Herald, Scotland)
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American concert organist John Rose has performed in 45 of the United States and has made a number of foreign concert tours to Australia, Canada, Mexico, and various European countries. He is College Organist at Trinity College in Connecticut, a post he has held since 1977.
In the United States he has performed at halls such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and a host of other halls, churches, and campuses around the country both as recitalist and orchestral soloist.
In Europe his tours have been highlighted by performances at such landmark churches as St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He has made festival appearances in Australia, Belgium, England, Mexico, Norway, and Scotland.
He has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the American Pipe Organ Builders Association, and the American Institute of Organbuilders.
John Rose began his performance career at the age of 20 when he became Organist of the landmark Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey. The cathedral's huge Gothic structure, fine large pipe organ, and ideal acoustics inspired the young musician to become a recitalist and encouraged him to concentrate on the literature of the French symphonic school of composers, which he has made a performance and recording specialty.
During his nearly nine years at the Newark cathedral he founded a concert series which during his tenure achieved international recognition. He also staged a marathon concert in which he, Robert Glasgow, and Rollin Smith performed the complete six Vierne symphonies for organ, drawing an audience of fourteen hundred from several states and helping to launch Vierne's return to a higher profile among American organists. John Rose was invited to return to Newark cathedral as a performer in celebration of the quarter century anniversary of the Cathedral Concert Series in 1993.
John Rose has recorded sixteen CD and LP albums, and his discography is highlighted by "The French Romantics" series which has drawn extensive radio airplay and enthusiastic critical praise. Critic Scott Cantrell called one of his albums "possibly the most exciting organ recording I've ever heard." For a current CD discography visit the Towerhill-Recordings web site.
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