Evan Rothstein BM MM DocMus
Evan Rothstein studied at the Eastman School, the Yale School of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. There he received his Doctor of Music in violin performance with a dissertation devoted to the music of Ives under the direction of noted Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder. His violin professors included Nelli Shkolnikova, James Buswell and Stanley Ritchie (baroque repertoire), and in chamber music he worked with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Julliard, Fine Arts, and Borodin Quartets. He also studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and worked as an assistant in her Young Violinists program. In 1989 he moved to Paris, where he studied with Veda Reynolds as a Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow of the Fondation des Etats-Unis. He then performed in recitals and as chamber musician throughout Europe, including six years as a member of I Solisti del Festival at the Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto.
Pedagogy consultant to the ProQuartet Centre européen de musique de chambre (2004-2010), he was re-elected unanimously to a second three-year term as Chairman of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association in 2012; he writes a bimonthly column on chamber music teaching for Ensemble Magazine. He has also taught violin since 1992 in various conservatories in the Paris region and in workshops for both children and adult amateurs. Since 1997 he teaches chamber music at the Summer String Academy at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Mr Rothstein also holds graduate degrees in musicology from the University of Paris 8 - Saint Denis, where he focused on the experimental music-theatre of Georges Aperghis under the direction of Jean-Paul Olive. He later joined the musicology faculty, and from 2001 to 2012 taught both analysis and history of music. He has contributed chapters and texts to a variety of publications, writing not only about the music of Ives and Aperghis, but more generally about music and society, from the minimalism of Steve Reich to Broadway musicals. In recent years he has worked with Olive Music, the Théâtre de Châtelet and the Cité de la musique, producing concert and CD program notes, written and video interviews, and participating in professional development round tables and the Zoom pre-concert lecture series.
He has lectured in residencies including both conferences and interactive performance workshops internationally, and has served in the juries for a number of chamber music competitions across Europe.