Piano Duo Venti Dita is devoted to the performance of contemporary music for piano four hands with a special emphasis on little known repertoire and living composers. Duo consists of pianists Jennifer Castellano and Marvin Rosen
Marvin Rosen earned his bachelor’s degree in music and music education from Trenton State College (now TCNJ), master’s degrees in musicology from the Manhattan School of Music and music education from Teachers College, Columbia University and his doctorate in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has also been a piano pedagogy student and staff member at the New School for Music study in Kingston, NJ. His piano teachers have included Shirley Batchelor and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
He has given many recitals and lecture/recitals as well as radio performances. As an educator and performer, he is staunch supporter of 20th and 21st century music and has recorded two acclaimed CD’s of piano music by Alan Hovhaness with 13 world premieres.
Dr. Rosen is the author of liner notes for a number of recordings featuring American music on various labels and has also presented lectures at the College Music Society’s Northeast Chapter meetings.
From 1997 he has been the host of the ASCAP award winning and popular weekly radio program “Classical Discoveries” as well as from 2008 “Classical Discoveries Goes Avant-Garde” on WPRB 103.3 FM, Princeton NJ.
Both programs strive to present music that is mostly neglected by other radio stations with the focus on recently composed works. He has presented six live 24 Hour Radio Marathons devoted to the music of the 21st Century.
In 2011, Dr. Rosen was elected to the Media Council of New Music USA and in 2012 to the Board of New York Women Composers.
He is a full time member of the piano faculty at Westminster Conservatory and teaches music history for the Young Artist Program and musical styles for the Piano Pedagogy Certification Program.
He is a member of newly created Piano duo “Venti Dita” whose aim is to perform contemporary works for piano 4 hands.
Jennifer Castellano received her Bachelor of Arts in Music in classical piano from Manhattanville College and a Master of Music in composition from Purchase College. She has studied piano with Donna DeAngelis, Catherine Coppola and Flora Kuan and composition with Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Huang Ruo, and Joel Thome.
Jennifer has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in New York and New Jersey and was a featured soloist in the 2008 Summer Concert Series in Cape Cod at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, MA. She and pianist, Marvin Rosen, perform contemporary music together as a team under the name Piano Duo Venti Dita. Their first CD, Child in the Garden: Contemporary music for Piano 4 hands, will become available the early spring of 2013.
Jennifer was commissioned to write music for the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Max Lifchitz and was selected by the New Jersey Music Teachers Association to be the 2012 Commissioned Composer. In addition, in 2011, she released her first recording entitled Spectrum: Piano Music Composed and Performed by Jennifer Castellano. Besides her great love of birds, many of her compositions reveal her philosophy regarding the similarities between sound and color as well as music and visual imagery. Her music is published by Imagine Music, and recorded performances of her works have been featured on the weekly radio program Classical Discoveries hosted and produced by Marvin Rosen on WPRB 103.3FM - Princeton, NJ.
Jennifer, who is both visually and hearing impaired, is a member of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society, ASCAP and serves as Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers. She is a member of the recreation staff applying music therapy techniques at Sunshine Children's Home & Rehabilitation Center, a nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post acute, rehabilitative care.