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Egil Rostad

Academy Division


Norwegian-Japanese cellist Egil Rostad received his bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the Eastman School of Music. He began his Suzuki teacher training at the Colorado Suzuki Institute and completed his full training with Pamela Devenport at the School for Strings. He was awarded the Clifford/Levy Creativity Grant in his final year of study through the Diller-Quaile School of Music. Upon completing his training at the School for Strings, he was invited to join the cello faculty.

Mr. Rostad has performed at a variety of venues, including the Joyce Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Town Hall, Guggenheim, and MOMA. His performances have appeared on numerous recordings by labels such as EMI, Ajna Records, Compass Records, and Vitamin Records. In addition to performances, Mr. Rostad has composed music for and collaborated in several dance and film productions in New York City. He has performed onstage in Martha Clarke’s acclaimed dance-theater masterwork “The Garden of Earthly Delight,” which made the New York Times Year’s Top Ten. With Alvin Ailey II Dance Company, Mr. Rostad performed the Bach Solo Suites; his renditions were described by The New York Times as “vibrant.”

While residing in Manhattan, Mr. Rostad was on faculty at the School for Strings, the Diller-Quaile School of Music, and the British International School of New York. He now teaches orchestra in the Montgomery Township School District in addition to serving on the faculty of NJAOM.