William De Rosa, cello
William De Rosa has established himself as one of the leading American cellists of his generation. Melding distinctive artistry, profound musicianship and exquisite tone, De Rosa has been lauded as "one of the most brilliant cello talents in the world" by the late Leonard Rose.
A performer of international stature, De Rosa regularly appears under the baton of such renowned conductors as Raymond Leppard, Myung-Whun Chung, James Judd, JoAnn Falletta, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and with numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles and Florida Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Utah, and San Francisco and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist, De Rosa performs in major music centers throughout the United States including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and many more. De Rosa is also an active chamber musician, and his reputation as an avid champion of contemporary music is well established in America and abroad. In addition to his well-received American appearances, De Rosa is beloved by Asian audiences. He has played in Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, with the Central Philharmonic in Beijing and the Shanghai Symphony, and in virtually all of Japan’s major music venues.
Born into a family of generations of musicians, De Rosa was invited at age 12 by the legendary Gregor Piatagorsky to join his master class at the University of Southern California. After capturing first prize in the Young Musicians Foundation Piatagorsky Award, De Rosa studied at Juilliard with Leonard Rose and Lynn Harrell. De Rosa has recorded for EMI Classics and Audiofon Records. His recording of the Shostakovich 1st concerto was awarded a place on Stereophile Magazine’s 1997 list of "Ten Best Recordings" and described as a "record to die for." He performs on a rare and pristine cello crafted by Domenico Montagana, Venice 1739.