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Jon Rose

musician, multi-media artist, writerat The Rosenberg Museum
Alice Springs,
Focus area: Art History, Art Theory, Critical Theory, Computer Music, Electroacoustic Music, Sonification, Cultural Practices, Social Practice, Environmental Art, Eco Art, Land Art, Experimental Music, Music, Musicology, Performance Art, Theater Studies, Sound, Acoustics, Video, Film

For over 45 years Australian violinist, composer, inventor, multi-media artist, and writer Jon Rose has been at the sharp end of experimental music and art on the global stage. His primary life's work is The Relative Violin, the innovation of a total artform based around the one instrument. His violin (Rosenberg) Museum contains over 1,000 artefacts, a provocative cultural critique, and has been exhibited in Berlin (x3), Paris, Rotterdam, Vienna, Nove Zamky, Budapest, Krakow, Brno, and the Slovakian town actually called Violin (x3). The museum was recently hosted in Sydney at Carriageworks (2016) and The Delmar Gallery (2018).
In 2012, he was awarded The Australia Council's most prestigious award for life long contribution to Australian Music – The Don Banks Prize.
He has appeared on more than 100 albums, radiophonic and media works, collaborating with many of the mavericks of new music like Kronos String Quartet, John Zorn, Alvin Curran, Otomo Yoshihide, Christian Marclay, Ilan Volkov, at festivals of New Music, Jazz, and Sound Art worldwide such as Ars Elektronica, Festival D’Automne, Maerzmusik, Dokumenta, North Sea Jazz Fest, European Media, New Music America, Maerzmusik Berlin, Beijing Jazz Festival, Mona Foma, Vienna and Melbourne Festivals.
Most known internationally are his "Great fences of Australia" project and his multi-media works with a series of interactive violin bows which he invented in 1985. He is the author of four books, dozens of articles, and over 40 major compositions for national public broadcasters around the world.
In 2014, "The Wreck" was commissioned and performed at The Sydney Festival. In 2016 Jon's “Giant Interactive Sonic Ball" was invited to open New York's latest new and experimental music venue “National Sawdust", also undertaking a 13 concert residency at the legendary Stone venue. His violin concerto “Elastic Band" was commissioned by The Adelaide Festival and performed there in 2014. In 2009, he was commissioned by The Sydney Opera House for "Music from 4 Fences” for the Kronos String Quartet.
The huge variety of Jon Rose projects can be viewed at:
A detailed biography can be downloaded at:

Journal Articles:
Articles and Notes

Listening to History: Some Proposals for Reclaiming the Practice of Live Music

December 2008

Bow Wow: The Interactive Violin Bow and Improvised Music, A Personal Perspective

December 2010