The Rosenbergs are a dynasty of innovative violinists from Australia.

The three most known artists from this family are Jo 'Doc' Rosenberg (legendary bebop violinist); Jimmi Rosenberg (country & western star, turned hard core heavy metal); and the most famous (ie. dead) Dr. Johannes Rosenberg (composer, musicologist and experimental violin instrument decomposer). The later Rosenberg also lived for a large part of his professional life in the unfashionable former DDR.

The museum consists primarily of documentation illustrating the musical practice and obsessions of this most radical of 20 century musical enigmas, including some of the 'Relative Violin' deconstructions and the always popular 'Kitsch Violin' collection. The Rosenbergs were the first 'virtual' music dynasty to become real. After years of existence as experimental Hörspiel, fake TV documentaries, books of dubious biography, and living on the internet, The Rosenberg Museum became physical reality in its new premises in the town of VIOLIN in Slovakia (I'm not making this up!)

To put it another way, 'the Rosenbergs' might be described as, surrealist satire dealing with many of the issues now facing the musical culture of this world....a wicked but humour filled critique. Between them, the Rosenbergs deal with everything from the pointlessness of 'jazz education, why there is so much really bad performance art, the agony of musicologists, the ignorant pretensions of music criticism, the cultural imperialism of New York, the business of the 'culture' Industry, etc.

There is massive pictorial evidence too (in case you didn't noice it yet) to support the Doctor Johannes' prediction that after the decline of communism and capitalism would come the The Age of Shopping.

As critics of THE PINK VIOLIN (the first book about the Rosenbergs) point out

'A book that dares to write a new opus in the music of this confused Century...'

THE LITERARY REVIEW

'If this isn't what happened in the story of contemporary music, then it should have.....'

THE TRIBUNE

'Music, history, and a family of perverts...it's quite disgusting and often in bad taste'

THE TIMES MUSIC SUPPLEMENT

 

The curator of the Rosenberg Museum is Jozef Cseres (SK) He became the director of the Rosenberg Museum for 2 reasons.

  1. He was driving through the Slovakian countryside one day with minimalist composer Phil Niblock, listening to a recent cassette of that composer. As the cassette finished Phil said' Look we're in the town of VIOLIN'...and so indeed they were.

    and
  2. No one else wanted the job.

Since this timely post modern event, Jozef has been responsible for getting the mayor of VIOLIN to hand over the local football club to Rosenberg fans as the new global centre for museum activities. The Violin football club certainly comes equipped for the job, armed as it is with a small concert hall, a bar and a library. At the time of the inaugural concert, the library key had been lost so no one can really ascertain what undiscovered glories lie on those dusty shelves.

When not running the Rosenberg Museum, Dr. Cseres teaches aesthetics at Bratislava University, writes like a maniac on contemporary music issues and organises the 'Sounding Off' concert agenda and festival.