Tony Rose, emeritus

Tony Rose, long-time resident and well-known pianist and musical director served as President of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition 2005-2006 taking over for President Emerita Virginia Waring.

“I am so honored to work with this outstanding organization that brings so much to our Valley,” said Rose.  “I have been with the Piano Competition since the very beginning. It’s such a pleasure to see how it’s grown.  It’s thrilling to be a part of launching new musical careers.”

Mr. Rose was well-known as a professional pianist as well as a conductor, composer, arranger and musical director.  He served as past president for the Palm Springs Philharmonic, the Palm Springs Opera Guild, and Community Concerts.  He performed throughout the USA and appeared on such TV shows as Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas among others.  H worked with celebrities such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, and Bob and Dolores Hope, Henry Mancini and his orchestra, Bernadette Peters and Bert Bacharach.

Tony and his orchestra performed for five US presidents, the Shah of Iran, the Prince of Wales, and Laura Bush.  For many years, he played at Charlie Farrell’s famous Racquet Club.

He also performed in Italy, Rumania, Germany and Austria.  Tony was an active musical contractor at the McCallum Theatre since its inception.

Tony hailed from Canton, Ohio where he attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio before heading west to graduate school at USC where he majored in piano and composition. His teachers include Lillian Stuber, Bernard Segall, Jakob Gimpel and Abbe Czerko. Tony served in the Pacific Theatre with the Marine Corps during World War II and was been married for over 30 years to his lovely wife, Suzanne.

Tony Rose passed away in 2014.