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Marianna Rosett, piano

Each set contains two
hours of music

THE BALANCE OF WELL-BEING is proud to be the first company or web site to bring you the latest CDs by pianist Marianna Rosett. Marianna has created all the music on the discs available here. We thought those of you who enjoy her music would like to hear the artist in her own voice.

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In a century where classical musicians are not encouraged to improvise (in fact they often fear it), Marianna is that unusual musician - a classical improvisational pianist. It came about through a fortuitous accident!

As a child prodigy in Transylvania she was already competing in piano competitions by the age of 9. At the age of 10 in a competition on the radio she was well into the Kabalevsky Noveletta in the key of d minor when she completely lost her place! What to do? She did remember the ending and she knew she had to get there or she would lose face. She did the only thing she could. She began to improvise in the key of d minor hoping to hit the last d. She made it after a long, perilous journey, and so an improvisational musician was born.

Her two latest CDs, Parallelas, reflect her background and fall into 4 categories: piano repertoire by Chopin, Schumann and Back, improvisations, based on these pieces, free improvisations in the classical style, and Marianna's written, titled compositions.

The Art of Marianna Rosett

Marianna and I became collaborators in 1971 in the Juilliard Drama Division under the direction of John Houseman. I was wearing an orange balloon in my hair when we met. Marianna had on a paisley skirt, a pink velvet jacket and red boots. She walked into the studio, sat down at the piano and played the most beautiful music I had ever heard for a dance class. That continues to be true today.

It is the rare artist who can create music for dance. It is not enough to improvise. You must be able to create physical sound - sound that can support movement and sense its power, line and phrasing, music that can become an integral part of the dance, inspire choreography and heighten the theatrical moment. This is the palette that Marianna Rosett brings to her work with dancers.

Her work is rich, physical and endlessly imaginative. A modern dance class requires an improvisational musician to have a great sensitivity to movement. Few can create a musical fabric that heightens and enriches the dancer's work so completely. Marianna Rosett is that person.

Her skills as an interpretive artist equal her skills as an improviser. She brings dynamic and nuance to the movement itself simply by the way she strikes the keys.

— Jane Kosminsky


Marianna Rosett: after studying in Romania and Israel received her BS and MS at The Juilliard School in NYC; became the youngest faculty member in the school's history, teaching in all Divisions; performance career includes solo recitals, chamber music and two ensembles, Mannekrianna and Skymusic; has performed in India, Japan, Canada, Europe and Africa: venues include La Scala, Lincoln Center, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine where she was artist in residence; has composed for television, theater, and dance; teaches in NYC and in master classes at conservatories and universities; specializes in teaching classical improvisation; lives in NYC.

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