Saumel Rotberg

Saumel Rotberg


Barton Samuel Rotberg, Cleveland based violinist and instructor of violin and chamber music at Baldwin Wallace University, enjoys a busy career as a teacher, chamber and orchestral musician, and soloist. Clevelandclassical.com described his performance stating, “The violinist’s timbre in the first movement was simply stunning” and “Rotberg’s full violin sound lent charm and beauty”. He has been a guest performer and teacher in the U.S., Canada, France, Korea, Costa Rica and Mexico. Solo performances have included appearances with the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Warren Philharmonic Orchestra of Ohio, and Amherst Chamber Orchestra of New York performing the celebrated concerti of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Mozart and others. He served for three seasons as concertmaster of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in Illinois. Since living in the Cleveland area, Rotberg has served as a visiting concertmaster for the Ashland Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, Lakeland Civic Orchestra, Suburban Symphony, and Opera Project Columbus Orchestras. He has also played with the Illinois Philharmonic, Akron, Ann Arbor and Flint Symphony Orchestras.

As violinist in the Davanti Trio, an ensemble in residence with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and endowed by an original founder of General Motors, Rotberg performed locally and abroad and was a prizewinner in the International Chamber Music Competition in Boston. He was also a member of the D’Angelo Trio while serving as Assistant Professor of Music at Mercyhurst University’s D’Angelo Department of Music. His chamber music performances have been heard on WQLN FM Erie radio and WCLV FM Cleveland.

Rotberg holds a Bachelor’s degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music, a Master’s degree from DePaul University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Herbert Greenberg, Shirley Givens, Marc Zinger, and Dmitri Berlinsky. Additional influences include Berl Senofsky, Earl Carlyss and Joseph Fuchs.



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