Duane Rosengard joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in December 1986. Prior to coming to Philadelphia he was a member of Orquesta Sinfónica de Veracruz, Mexico, as well as the Rochester and Buffalo philharmonics. Born in Chicago he attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teacher was Lawrence Angell.
In addition to photography and record collecting, Mr. Rosengard’s hobbies include the study of stringed instruments and their makers; and, since 1985, he has devoted much of his spare time to the study of Italian double basses from the 16th to 20th centuries. The results of his research have been published in journals and magazines in Italy, England, and the United States. His most recent book is a biography of 18th-century Italian violinmaker Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, entitled Giovanni Battista Guadagnini: The Life and Achievement of a Master Maker of Violins, which was published in 2000. He is also the author of Contrabbassi cremonesi—Cremonese double basses, which appeared in an Italian-English edition in 1992.
Photo: Chris Lee