Jon Rose was born in Rochester, UK and is an Australian citizen. His primary life's work is The Relative Violin. This is the development of a total artform based around the one instrument – it includes innovation in the fields of new instrument design, environmental performance, new instrumental techniques, radiophonic works, and the development of inter-active electronics.
He is featured regularly in the main festivals of New Music, Jazz, performance and Sound Art such as Ars Elektronica, Festival D’Automne, Maerzmusik, Dokumenta, North Sea Jazz Fest, New Music America, the Vienna Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, Moers Festival, The Melbourne Festival, The Sydney Festival, etc.
Jon Rose has appeared on over 100 albums and CD's; he has worked with many of the innovators and mavericks in contemporary music such as Kronos String Quartet, Derek Bailey, Alvin Curran, Otomo Yoshihide, Ilan Volkov, Christian Marclay, or John Zorn.
In 2012 Jon was honoured with The Music Board of The Australia Council's senior prize – the Don Banks Award for a life-time's achievement and contribution to Australian music. His book about the state of music today "Music of Place: Reclaiming a Practice" was published by Currency House Press (2013). Jon Rose curates his own violin museum of over a 1,000 artefacts - The Rosenberg Museum.