Portrait of Jon Rose

Jon Rose

Jon Rose was recently commissioned by the Kronos String Quartet to write and build Music from 4 Fences for the Sydney Opera House. He realised his bicycle-powered Pursuit project at Carriage Works (Sydney) and The Mona Foma Festival (Hobart) and performed a completely new and improvised solo part for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Jon created two major radiophonic works for the BBC on the first Aboriginal string orchestra and the history of the piano in 19th century Australia. He has toured in Europe with his current improvisation groups Futch and Strike, premiered his interactive Ball project at The Melbourne Festival and Sounds Outback (WA), and performed his interactive multi-media composition Internal Combustion for violin and orchestra at The Philharmonic, Berlin.

Last Year Jon was honored with The Music Board of The Australia Council’s senior prize – the Don Banks Award for a lifetime’s achievement and contribution to Australian music.