Benita Astrida Rose

Benita Astrida Rose

Concert pianist Benita Rose is in frequent demand as a performer, having played on three continents over the decades and receiving international acclaim for her YouTube and FaceBook concert videos.  She relocated to Prescott, Arizona, from Avon, Connecticut during the summer of 2018 and accepted the position of organist/pianist at American Lutheran Church and in 2019, the position of piano professor at Yavapai College.  Since arriving to town, she has performed five different piano concerti with various Arizona ensembles.  She gives solo recitals often and has received acclaim as soloist with orchestras performing concertos by Rachmaninoff,  Mozart, Liszt, Schumann, Beethoven, Grieg and Gershwin.  Her Gershwin Concerto performance has been heard on over 200 radio stations on Martin Goldsmith’s “Performance Today”.  Ms. Rose has performed at Symphony Space in New York City where she has premiered new music. 

Together with husband saxophonist Tony Gibbs, the Rose-Gibbs Duo were top prize winners in the professional division of the International Chamber Music and Ensembles Competition in Boston in 2008. Last April they performed for the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. They were also selected to perform at the North American Saxophone Alliance 2022 Biennial National Conference before it was canceled because of Covid.

In Connecticut, Ms. Rose began her successful piano studio, “Rose International Piano Conservatory,” where she enjoyed developing many prize winning students, and continues to do so in Prescott. She currently has students all over the country and abroad.  Formerly a lecturer in piano at the University of Connecticut, she taught at Moravian College in Pennsylvania as a member of Summertrios faculty, the Orford Center for the Arts in Canada, and at the PomfretSchool.  She has given masterclasses for Connecticut State Music Teacher’s Association, and for Rami Bar-Niv’s Rhapsody music camp in New York. Ms.Rose was a founding member of the Hop River Chamber Players in Andover, Connecticut with whom she performed for many years. She was an accompanist for the Aldo Parisot Cello Competition and Festival in Brazil and performed in Latvia right before it gained its freedom that same year.

Ms. Rose has served as pianist/organist at Bethany Lutheran Church in West Hartford, Connecticut, director of music ministries in Avon, Connecticut, assistant organist at St. Joseph’s Church in Shelton, Connecticut, and pianist/organist of the First Congregational Church of Willimantic, Connecticut. Renownedcomposer Franklin Ashdown composed and dedicated his “Toccata and Recessional on ‘Melita’ “ to her after discovering Ms. Rose’s Youtube videos. Last August composer Marcos Fernandez gave her high praise for her interpretation of his work, “Wonderer”.

Ms. Rose has been in demand as a presenter at piano conferences nationwide. Her topics include teaching what’s “unteachable” in music as well as strengths of the neurodiverse student.

Ms. Rose holds a MMus. degree from the HarttSchool where she was recipient of the prestigious Parker Award, and a BMus from the University of Connecticut where she was accepted as a scholarship student at age13, winning the MTNA State Piano Competition and University Concerto Competition not long afterwards, launching her solo career. Ms. Rose’s piano teachers have included Menahem Pressler and Emmanuel Ax, Luiz de Moura Castro, Joseph Villa, Louis Crowder, Ilana Vered. Her pedagogical lineage can be traced to Beethoven and Liszt. Ms. Rose is a champion of young musicians and displays unflagging devotion to all who study with her. She has composed various pedagogical compositions for her students and an organ toccata which can be found on Sheet Music Plus for purchase. She publishes her Piano Tips by Benita Rose on Facebook in hopes of helping anyone who wants to learn.

You can find Benita’s 2022 18th Century Music Competition piano performance here.