- IU Bloomington
Luis Rossi is visiting professor of music in clarinet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
In her book Clarinet Virtuosi of Today, British clarinet historian Pamela Weston described Rossi as the “only top player in the world performing with instruments of his own design and construction.”
He is the founder and owner of L. Rossi Clarinets, which produces a complete line of world-class clarinets.
Hailed by critics as “a first-class soloist” for his “supple, soaring melodic lines” and “effortless technique” (The Clarinet), he received the Konex Prize in 1989, an honor he shares with fellow Argentines Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim. Most recently, Rossi was honored in Belgium alongside Karl Leister and Charles Neidich by the International ClarinetFest 2018.
Born in Viedma, Argentina, Rossi began his clarinet studies at age 13, studying in Buenos Aires and London, where he was a pupil of John McCaw. Rossi moved to Chile in 1978, where his clarinet workshop and solo career continued to flourish.
Accompanied by the Chile Chamber Orchestra, he has performed the canon of clarinet works throughout Europe and South America. He gave the South American premieres of three contemporary clarinet concertos with the Simon Bolivar Symphony in Caracas—by John Corigliano, Blas Atehortúa, and Adina Izarra, the last two written in dedication to Rossi.
Regularly offering recitals, he has been a featured guest artist and pedagogue at institutions and venues such as Lincoln Center, New England Conservatory's International Clarinet Connection, Lemmensinstitute (Leuven), London’s Royal College of Music, Michigan State University, Indiana University, Western Michigan University, Oberlin College, and Ohio State University.
A talented pedagogue, Rossi’s teaching activities in Caracas, Santiago, and Buenos Aires have helped to produce an outstanding and unprecedented generation of clarinetists. His six acclaimed solo CDs are available for download.