Ana María Rosado, guitar
A committed interpreter of contemporary and Latin American music Ana María Rosado has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Far East. Prominent composers have written works for the Puerto Rican artist, including Jorge Morel, Tania León, Amparo Fabra, Roque Cordero, Rafael Aponte-Ledée, Francis Schwartz and Edmundo Vásquez.
Her debut solo compact disc on the Albany Records label, We’ve got (poly)rhythm, was critically acclaimed. Her second solo CD, an independent release Salsa and Other Beats (2010) includes the premiere recording of pieces by Jorge Morel as well of music by Latin American masters Paulo Bellinati, Abel Carlevaro and Leo Brouwer.
An extraordinary highlight of her life as a guitarist was to perform for the legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia in his last set of masterclasses. Ana María was among the participants Segovia personally selected to perform in the final concert at the Manhattan School of Music, which had organized the week-long event.
Ana María Rosado recently retired from her position as Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Guitar at the New Jersey City University (1989-2020). She received her Doctorate in Musical Arts Performance from the Stony Brook University. Other studies include Professional Studies at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and degrees from the University of Paris VIII and the University of Puerto Rico. She has studied guitar with Juan Sorroche, Alberto Ponce, Sharon Isbin and Jerry Willard, and in master classes with Andrés Segovia and Manuel Barrueco.
Recent performances include her participation as performer and lecturer in the 2016 Encuentro de Guitarras Identidades in Havana, Cuba, and a recital in the UNESCO Salle FOKAL in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In the summer of 2015 she performed chamber music at the Mannes College of Music/The New School Guitar Seminar. In October of the same year she played a solo recital and conducted a workshop on Latin Rhythms at the 1st International Gharana Music Festival in Nepal. In November 2017 she participated as performer and adjudicator in the V International Classical Guitar Festival Fernando Sor in Bogotá, Colombia. By November 2019 she was invited back to Colombia, this time to perform for the 1st International Chamber Music Festival at the Universidad El Bosque.
New York appearances have included featured performances in solo and ensemble works at Merkin Hall, Town Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space and at The New School, among other venues. Recital presentations have included New Jersey City University, Rutgers University, Farleigh Dickinson University, and at the Brooklyn College/Conservatory of Music among other institutions. As an Artistic Ambassador for the USIA, she toured México, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Perú, Bolivia and Argentina.
She has participated as performer and master class instructor in international festivals such as the City of Havana’s International Festival of Contemporary Music, the Mannes Guitar Seminar in NYC, the Inter-American Music Festival, the Ibero-American Arts Festival, and the International Guitar Festival in Puerto Rico, the Tenth International Guitar Week in Denver, Colorado, and the International Youth Music Festival in Bulgaria.
“Carefully shaded reading”, “she rose to the challenges” — The New York Times
“each cunningly placed note, chord and expression mark” — Classical Guitar, U.K
“Great style and zeal”— The San Juan Star, Puerto Rico
“Total command both technically and musically of the guitar” — La Nación, Costa Rica
“Arrangements for guitar rather than piano gave a more vernacular grounding to the accompaniment, sensitively played by Ana María Rosado.” — The Washington Post
“Especially gifted in transmitting traditional and folk essences through her guitar. She possesses technique and expository elegance in her musical articulations…” — La Nación, Buenos Aires