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Rosanna Klaus has been a passionate and avid classical pianist beginning her journey at the age of five. Eager to learn and play just like her three older brothers, she took lessons from her grandmother and member of the West Valley Branch of Music Teachers Association of California - Rosemary Carswell. Her passion for playing first launched when she was in the third grade, after learning Beethoven's Eccosaise in G Major. She took advantage of every opportunity to perform, whether it was at school in front of her third grade class or at home in front of family members and friends. Later, her passion was further intensified by the Nocturnes of Chopin which dominated her repertoire throughout middle school. First playing Chopin's Nocturne in c minor and tackling various other Nocturnes, she learned a great deal of things from these pieces and ended with Chopin's Nocturne in c minor, opus 48 no. 1. She now tackles very advanced level music, from Prokofieff and Chopin Sonatas to Chopin Ballades and Rachmaninoff Concertos, however she still loves to sit down and play her most memorable pieces as often as she can.
Rosanna has performed all over the valley, participating in monthly general recitals with the West Valley MTAC. She has been a contestant in numerous competitions, and among those has placed in the CAPMT Romantic/Impressionistic Competition in 2011. She has been asked to participate in numerous master classes with some of the staff from CSUN, such as Dmitri Rachmanov and Ed Francis. She has passed all levels of Certificate of Merit, passing level Advanced (lv. 10) twice, achieving exemption from theory tests her first year doing advanced level, at the impressively young ages of 14 and 15. She passed Panel Level which is another set of levels, at the age of 16 and is taking part again at the age of 17. She has been chosen to perform at Honors Recitals and Annual Conventions since the age of nine. Each year she also takes part in National Guild Auditions where it is required that each student plays ten pieces by memory covering all classical eras; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary. The year of 2014 will be her 13th and last year participating. Her passion for piano continues to grow and is now able to share this passion with her students.
Rosanna understands the importance of technique in developing a beautiful, strong pianist and also understands that every student learns differently. She makes sure to focus on all aspects of learning how to play from theory to sight reading and everything in between. Both a very talented and creative teacher, Rosanna tries very hard to keep all of her students motivated, inspired, and interested in learning the beauty of the piano in all sorts of styles.
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