He started playing the violin at 7 years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester.
Throughout the 1970's, first in England then in Australia, he
played, composed and studied in a large variety of music genres - from
sitar playing to country & western; from 'new music' composition to
commercial studio session work; from Bebop to Italian club bands; from
Big band serial composition to Sound Installations.
In 1986, he moved to Berlin in order to more fully realise his on-going project (of some 20 years) The Relative Violin. This is the development of a Total Artform based around the one instrument.
Jon Rose performs his group projects and solo music in upwards of 50 concerts every year - in North America, Japan, Australia, South America, China, Scandinavia and just about every country in West & East Europe. He is featured regularly in the main festivals of New Music, Jazz and Sound Art eg. Strasbourg New Music Fest.; New Music America; Moers New Jazz Fest.; European Media Fest.; The Vienna Festival.; Ars Electronica; The Northsea Jazz Fest.; Dokumenta; Roma-Europa Festival; Festival D'Automne; Festival Musique Actuelle; The Berlin Jazz Fest. etc. Recently he has also been invited to curate Contemporary Music Festivals in Germany (eg.Berlin Urbane Aboriginale) and Austria (eg.Wels 'Unlimited').
In 1998 Jon Rose curated "STRING 'EM UP" in Berlin, a Festival of radical string players and their instruments. Jon Rose has appeared on over 50 records and CD's; He has worked with many of the innovators in contemporary music (from Derek Bailey to Butch Morris to Fred Frith to Shelley Hirsh to Connie Bauer to Toshinori Kondo to Alvin Curran, etc).
In 1989, in co-operation with New Music Festival 'Inventionen' (Berlin), he directed the first "Relative Violin Festival" with over 50 violinists from around the world.
In 1991, he directed "Das Rosenberg Museum", a surrealist satire commissioned by ZDF, (Germany's second TV channel).
Jon Rose is currently performing The Chaotic Violin, one of a number of highly acclaimed works for violin and inter-active software.
His current group projects are -
Violin Music in the Age of Shopping (with the likes of Chris Cutler, Lauren Newton, Otomo Yoshihide, etc);
The infamous Berlin Noise-Impro-Rock Band Slawterhaus (with Johannes Bauer, Dietmar Diesner & Peter Hollinger);
The interactive 'Badminton' game PERKS, based on the musical innovations and perversions of Australian freak composer Percy Grainger;
and the new impro/interactive project
Exiles (with Tony Buck & Joe Williamson).
1998 sees 2 new duos from Jon Rose; 'The Crow' project with Bob Ostertag and 'The All String Duo' with Miya Masaoka (Koto)
1980 Young Composers Festival Fellowship (Australia Council)
Compositions for Violin
1974 Figures of 8 (solo)
Major Film/Music performance works - (available as super 8 and Video)
Relative Violin 1 (double film projection)
1989 "The Relative Violin Festival" (Berlin, with over 50 violinists)
| Sendungen im ORF-Kunstradio
02. 02. 1989: "The Relative Violine", Teil 1
09. 02. 1989: "The Relative Violine", Teil 2
07. 09. 1989: "Das Instrumentum Diabolicum"
05. 04. 1990: "Die Beethoven Konversationen"
22. 11. 1994: "Eine Violine für Valentin"
18. 05. 1995: "Violin Music in the Age of Shopping"
02. 01. 1997: "Die Walzer Dinge"
05. 12. 1999: "Auszüge aus den Arbeiten von Jon Rose"
04. 11. 2012: Kunstradio Classics 2 – Aus dem Archiv 2012 - Teil 15
07.12. 1999: "The Relative Violin - Wien/Vancouver"