Biography

Misha Rosenker

Misha Rosenker, Violinist

Misha Rosenker enjoys a diverse career as a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.  Hailed for his “virtuosic surety and musical integrity,” (Des Moines Register) he is recognized for a “phenomenal technique and fine musicianship” (The Spokesman-Review) that contributes to performances of “terrific music-making – technically refined, emotionally charged” (The Baltimore Sun).

Mr. Rosenker has appeared as soloist with the Des Moines Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Mankato Symphony, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, among others.  An enthusiastic chamber musician, he has collaborated in performance with members of the Baltimore, Minnesota, St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Cleveland Orchestras, as well as the, Borodin, Brentano, Manhattan, and Mendelssohn Quartets.  He is violinist of the Mozaiques Chamber Ensemble, ensemble-in-residence of the Des Moines Art Center.

The passion for teaching has led to prior faculty appointments at the University of Georgia, Drake University, Eastern Washington University, and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he replaced Martin Beaver of the Tokyo String Quartet.  Mr. Rosenker has presented master classes at Brigham Young University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Oklahoma, in addition to recent week-long residencies at the University of Hawaii and Dixie State College of Utah.

As an orchestral player, Mr. Rosenker has held principal positions and served as associate concertmaster of the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra, concertmaster of the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and principal second violin at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.  He is currently principal second violin of the Des Moines Symphony and a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

Mr. Rosenker was born and raised in California into a distinguished musical family.  After early studies with his father, Michael Rosenker, former associate concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Mr. Rosenker continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Sidney Harth.  Equally important were the mentoring and extensive coaching received from Ruggiero Ricci, Franco Gulli, Paul Biss, and Glenn Dicterow.  He earned degrees at Yale and Indiana University, where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate – the school’s highest honor for performance.

Mr. Rosenker plays a violin made by Gioffredo Cappa in 1688.