Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bartu, Rose (Roswitha Bartussek)
Bartu, Rose [Roswitha Bartussek], singer, violinist, songwriter; b.Schladming, Styria, Austria, 24 November 1976. She grew up in the village Irdning of 3,500 in rural Austria in a musical family until she was 14. Her father, Helmut Bartussek (b.1942) is a trained architect and worked as a researcher for the Department of Agriculture of the Federal Government. Her mother (born Herta Petek, 1943) is a trained architect but chose to raise her six children. She had lessons on the recorder as a small kid, started with the violin at age seven, had guitar lessons from about age 9-11, and then switched to piano lessons. The violin was always her main instrument, with which she was a prize winner in several state youth competitions at age 11 and 12. All siblings play instruments: Maria (b.1970), a student (PhD thesis title: "Music in Ancient Greek Sources") in Manchester, England, viola and piano; Florian (b.1971), a professional violinist and artists and arts manager in Vienna, Austria; Franziska (b.1974), an occupational therapist, violoncello; Leonhard (b.1979), a professional cellist studying at the Music Academy in Cologne, Germany; Johanna (b.1982), a medicine student, piano.
She was the concertmaster of the "Ennstaler Youth Orchestra" (about age 12-14), principal 2nd violin of the "Ennstaler Chamber Orchestra", the soloist and concertmaster of the performing arts high school "Dreihackengasse" Symphony Orchestra in Graz/Austria (17-19) and began performing professionally in the "Irdninger String Quartet" with her 3 older siblings at 13. At 14 Rose moved on her own to Graz/Austria, where she studied classic violin performance at the "University for Music and Performing Arts" (14-21, Prof.Christos Polyzoides; Prof.Maghreid McCrann - 1st concertmaster of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra) while completing her high school education and working professionally in several orchestras (Pannonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Graz a.o.).
She became dedicated to Jazz after her High School graduation at 19 and started to study at the Jazz Program of the "Bruckner Conservatory" in Linz/Austria with teachers/performers like Andi Schreiber, Douglas Hammond Jr., Adelhard Roidinger a.o. while concurrently earning a Bachelor Degree in "classic violin teaching" from the same institution. Her desire to become a jazz musician started when she played in the orchestra 'The Flames of South Africa' with the Texan trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson when she was 12.
Rose received numerous awards and scholarships among others: full scholarship for "Bartok Seminar" in Szombathely/Hungary, scholarship from Lions Club Liezen for "extraordinary musical achievements", scholarship from "University of Minnesota" for a classical masterclass with Sally O'Reilly, Award "Isidor Stoegbauer Donation" of the "Bruckner Conservatory" Linz/Austria, scholarships from the States Styria and Upper Austria, Rotary Club Liezen and New School University for her studies in NYC, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2000/2001, scholarship for Banff International Jazz Workshop (Canada) a.o.
Since moving to NYC in 1999 at 22 she graduated from the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University in May 2002, where she studied privately with John Stubblefield, George Garzone and Hal Galper a.o. and had ensemble teachers like Reggie Workman, Joanne Brackeen, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Jamey Haddad a.o.. While a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for a year, she studied at the Jazz Program at Long Island University in Brooklyn taking private lessons with Kenny Werner, Bruce Barth (composition), Haim Cotton (piano) and the drummer Jeff Hurtsfield. In fall 2001 she started to study privately with the acclaimed violin teacher Gerald Beal until his unexpected death in May 2002. Currently she takes private voice lessons with Richard Harper.
She performed in venues like the Blue Note NYC, S.O.B.s, the Jazzgallery, Kavehasz, Cleopatra's Needle, Nuorican Poets Cafe and many more, worked as a sideman for the drummers Harold White and George Coleman jun., the pianist/composer James Hurt, Johnny Almendra's charanga band "Los Jovenes Del Barrio" and as a bandleader with Joanne Brackeen, Billy Hart, Alex Blake, Jerome Harris, Melissa Slocum, Eric Lewis, Jim Cammack, Boris Kozlov and many more.
Since her graduation in May 2002 she lives and works as a freelance musician in NYC. In December 2002/January 2003 she was the concertmaster of the original Broadway production of the "West Side Story" produced by Act Entertainment AG in Basel (CH) and directed by Alan Johnson. In May of 2004 she was the concertmaster of the Vertical Player Repertory production of Janacek's opera "Jenufa". She just recently started working with composer/conductor of improvised music Lawrence D."Butch" Morris. She also worked with composer/conductor of improvised music Lawrence D."Butch" Morris and Paris based African musician Cheik Tidiane Seck. In May 2003 she will be on her third tour as a bandleader in Austria, this time with the American drummer Douglas Hammond jr. and others. She toured 3 times as a bandleader in Austria (with Douglas Hammond jr. among others) and was in 2003 the featured artist for the Jazzfestival "Limmitationes" in Rudersdorf/Austria.
The Music of Astor Piazolla (2000); Rose Bartu (2000); Themes of My Life (2001) Bridges to the World, live in NYC (2002); Cherchez la Verite (2004); About 11 unissued CDs of live performances from 2001 on with Douglas Hammond Jr., Jamey Haddad, Billy Harper, Jerome Harris, Dom Richards, Michael Sarin, Yayoi Ikawa, Brandon Lewis, Keyon Harold, Leron Thomas, Jeff Lopez, Owen Howard, Jonathan Powell, Peter Brendler, Aaron Parks and others; unissued session of Sheik Tidiane Seik (Paris 2003), unissued studio recording (Banff 2001) with Dave Restivo, Peter Brendler and Jason Nazary; about 25 unissued minidisc recordings of performances from 2000 on, with James Hurt, David Gilmore, Daniel Moreno, Francois Moutin, Eric Lewis, Melissa Slocum, Jerome Harris, Rory Stuart, Jim Cammack, Jeb Patton, George Coleman jun., Bobby Sanabria, Richard Johnson, Jaz Sawyer, EJ Strickland, John Chin, Boris Kozlov, Jonathan Blake, John Sullivan, Darren Beckett, Wayne Batchelor and others; Minidisc recording of rehearsal with Abbey Lincoln,
Joe Lovano, James Weidman, Paul West, John Lamkin, Jennifer Vincent & Rose Bartu; Radio Broadcasts on OE1 Austrian Broadcast Corporation, WNTI FM 91.9 (New Jersey), KUNM Albuquerque 89.9FM, Radio Freequenns Austria
Reviews (from 1991 on) in "Irdninger News", "County News Liezen", "Upper Styrian News", "Blick: Head of the Month", "Ennstal News", "Kleine Zeitung Graz"