Rony Rogoff

Conductor, Violin, MCNY Board of Directors,

Koussevitzky Young Artist Jurist

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"Rony Rogoff is the only violinist who uses the proper proportion for any given style and the best Mozart player in existence. He is one of the few who understand the meaning behind the notes and is capable of bringing it through." Long time friend and mentor Sergiu Celibidache

"Nobody has taught me more about the right hand. He imparts to his students the greatest possible insight into elementary principles and the problems of instrumental playing. In chamber music it is the thorough understanding of structure and the selfless devotion in the service of music. He supports this without being distracted by superficial success. His courses are all around more productive than any others that I have attended." – Christian Ostertag, winner of the German Music Competition in Bonn, concertmaster of SWR Symphony Orchestra Freiburg and Baden-Baden.

  • Violin with his father, a founding member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv with Prof. Odeon Partosh and Prof. Ramy Shevelov; at the Juilliard School of Music with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay; La Crepon, Switzerland, with Maestro Joseph Szigetti.
  • Phenomenology with Maestro Sergiu Celibidache in Paris, France.
    Lifelong association with Maestro Celibidache as soloist all over the world. Recommended by Celibidache and hired by Abreu to train Venezuela's El Sistema orchestra.
  • Recorded for Sony Classics, Colombia Records, Denon, Mondo Musica.
  • TV and Radio: BBC / ORTF, Radio France / NHK Japan / Yomiuri Japan / Radio Denmark / Swiss Romande / RAI Italia / RTV Spain / Kol Israel-Jerusalem
    Work with Orchestras:
  • Danish Radio Orchestra / Munich Young Philharmonic / Cervera Festival Orchestra / Caracas Chamber Orchestra (and 3 more in Venezuela) / Accademia Musicale di San Giorgio, Venice (previously I Cameristi - La Scuola di Rony Rogoff)
    Masterclasses for violin, strings and chamber music:
  • Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Philippines, South America, Spain, USA, Venezuela


Rony Rogoff was born in Israel and was taught initially by his father – who was a founding member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – and by Ramy Shevelov. He then studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay as well as in Switzerland with Joseph Szigeti.

As a soloist he was accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, as well as by the leading orchestras in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Manila, Caracas, the radio orchestras in Copenhagen and Stuttgart, the Munich Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the 'Rheinland-Pfälzische Staatsphilharmonie' under conductors like Sergiu Celibidache, Leonard Bernstein, Enrique García Asensio, Aldo Ceccato or Arthur Fiedler.

His solo performances of Bach’s Partitas and Stockhausen’s 'Zodiac' at the Lincoln Center in New York have achieved a legendary status and were released by Sony.

Besides being in command of the complete standard repertoire, Rogoff has always dedicated himself to lesser-known but valuable works such as the violin concerto of the great Norwegian dodekaphonist Fartein Valen, of which he gave the American premiere.

In 1982 the famous critic H. H. Stuckenschmidt declared after witnessing Rogoff’s performance of Alban Berg’s violin concerto at the Berlin Festival with the Munich Philharmonic under Celibidache, that this performance “had corresponded more than any other one with the last will of its composer, whom he had known personally.”

The long lasting collaboration with Sergiu Celibidache was the most influential in Rogoff’s professional life. Not least, the continuous exchange with many international first class artists has helped him to develop into one of the most experienced violin teachers of our time. Indeed, the teaching practice has become more and more important for Rogoff and is claiming more and more of his time. His master classes for violin and chamber music in South America, Japan, the Philippines, Italy, Austria (summer school of the Mozarteum) and Germany (working for nine years continuously in CJD institutions Elze and Berchtesgaden) have become legendary.

He is a conductor and tutor for orchestras – internationally highly acclaimed – in Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, Germany, South America (including the nascent El Sistema) and the Philippines.

In 1994, Rogoff started founding a chamber orchestra with students in Italy. Firstly situated near Vicenza and named 'I Cameristi - La Scuola di Rony Rogoff', the orchestra quickly gained an outstanding reputation and was soon invited to the renowned Italian festivals in Bologna and Venice. In Venice they performed Johannes Brahms’ complete chamber music as well as the first serenade for orchestra. The cycle was recorded live and issued on CD (released by Mondo Musica and highly praised by the media in Germany and Italy). After becoming incorporated into the Fondazione Cini in Venice the orchestra was renamed as 'Accademia Musicale di San Giorgio'. Recorded performances of demanding works like Anton Bruckner’s string quintet, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphoses, Arnold Schönberg’s 'Transfigured Night' and 'Suite in G', Béla Bartók’s Divertimento, as well as symphonic works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, etc., demonstrate the unique qualities of this ensemble. He worked as the Artistic Director of the ensemble until 2002.

Rony Rogoff Talks About J.S. Bach, Then Plays Chaconne from Partita No. 2

On tour of Republic of the Philippines, 1985. 

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1,