– About Ney –

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Ney Rosauro

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ney Rosauro has developed a successful international career as a percussionist, composer and pedagogue.

With his unique style of writing which combines charming melodies with catchy rhythms, he utilizes the rich elements of Brazilian folklore to create stylized compositions that are full of life and fantasy, and has been enchanting audiences all over the world.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 1952, he started studying percussion in 1977 with Luiz Anunciação of the Orquestra Sinfónica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro.

Mr. Rosauro studied Composition and Conducting at the Universidade de Brasilia (Brazil). He then received his Masters Degree in Percussion at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in Germany under Prof. Siegfried Fink.

He completed his Doctorate Degree at the University of Miami under the supervision of Fred Wickstrom.

From 1975 to 1987 he was percussion instructor at the Escola de Musica de Brasília, and timpanist with the Orquestra do Teatro Nacional de Brasília in Brazil.

From 1987 until 2000 he directed the Percussion Department at the Federal University of Santa Maria, RS in Brazil. From 2000 until 2009 he was director of Percussion Studies at the University of Miami, Florida.

As a composer he has published more than 100 pieces for percussion as well as several method books. His compositions are very popular worldwide and have been recorded by internationally acclaimed artists such as Evelyn Glennie and the London Symphony Orchestra. His Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra is the most popular marimba concerto of all time and has been performed by over 4.000 different orchestras worldwide. His eleven solo CDs have received critical acclaim and been hailed by percussionists and general music-lovers alike.

Ney Rosauro has appeared in concert solo, and as a soloist with orchestras, in more than 45 different countries, including the most prestigious International Percussion Festivals.

Dr. Rosauro is a Yamaha, Sabian and Contemporânea artist and plays exclusively with mallets and sticks by Vic Firth.

– Quotes –

– High quality contemporary music……. (CD Brazilian Fantasy, 2017)

Magazine Das Orchester (Germany)

” In all three concerts the main features of Rosauro’s poetics stand out: freshness and melodic generosity, rhythmic dynamism,and also a polyphonic complexity and a formal clarity that recall neoclassicism and baroque music.
The ability to make these different elements interact with each other and keep them in an admirable balance is the secret of the compositions of the Brazilian author….
CD Double Concerto (Stradivarius, Italy 2020)

Kathodic Website (Italy)

Standing ovation and a special encore……virtuosity without limit, expression and musical quality that we seldom are able to listen.

Magazine TV Show, Montevideo Uruguay

Ney Rosauro’s compositional skills simply charm and seduce us. He did it in his immensely popular Marimba Concerto, and now again in his new Vibraphone Concerto. This piece is sure to be a winner with performers and audiences alike world-wide.

EVELYN GLENNIE – international artist

This is an excellent recording of works for Marimba by Brazilian composer / percussionist Ney Rosauro. The playing is excellent as well as exciting […][…] the use of Brazilian rhythms and popular roots makes a very enjoyable listening experience. – Most highly recommended. (LP Marimba Brasileira)

PERCUSSIVE NOTES – magazine from the Percussive Arts Society

The Concerto for Marimba and Strings by Rosauro showed off not only his abilities as a marimbist but also his skills as a composer and arranger … the pieces were difficult, but the technical skills displayed by Rosauro, not only made it look easy but enjoyable as well.


Ney Rosauro showed why his name is solidly established in the world of mallets. He presented a virtuosic performance of his Marimba Concerto N.2, music rich with description and images.

EL DIA – Córdoba, Spain

[…] the Concerto for Marimba and Strings from Ney Rosauro was the highest moment from the concert. The piece itself and Rosauro’s performance won the night and were enthusiastically applauded by the audience, not only for its originality but also for the artistic value of the work itself. The composer created a strong and cohesive work with an increasing development.

ZERO HORA – Porto Alegre, Brazil

[…] He enchanted with magic sounds never heard before.

MAIN POST – Germany

This landmark CD performance of three Ney Rosauro’s percussion concerti is an outstanding reference recording for a definitive performance interpretation of his music…

Review of CD: Concerti for Solo Percussion and Wind Ensemble.


[…] very impressive was the perfect hand coordination and control of the mallets. A very gratifying concert.


– Articles –

The Rosauro Marimba Concerto: A Formal Analysis, by Wan Chun Liao

Percussive Notes

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Crossing Grip Extensions, by Ney Rosauro

Yamaha Educator Series

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PAS Magazine 20 Years of the Rosauro Marimba Concert

Jeff Moore

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Marimba Concerto 30 years

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Lauren Vogel Weiss


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Modern Drummer Brazil 2016. Entrevista com Ney Rosauro (in portuguese)

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Vlad Rocha and Pedro Sá


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Suite Brasil 500. Un Estudio Performativo Historico y Cultural, by Ciro Rodriguez Llorens (Spain)

Ney Rosauro's Two Concerti For Marimba and Orchestra

by Wan-Chun Liao

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A Look at Ney Rosauro's Educational Series for Percussion

by Dr. Domenico E. Zarro

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Ney Rosauro Concerto Nº1 per Marimba e Orchestra Dinamica di un'analisi

by Girolamo Di Sciorio

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Ney Rosauro DMA Dissertation (1992)

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Concerto Nº 1 para Marimba e Rapsódia para Solo de Percussão de Ney Rosauro

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André Rocha, Portugal

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GUIA MUSICAL BRASILIA, Entrevista com N.R. e suas experiencias como pioneiro em Brasilia

Ney Rosauro’s Video Lessons on the Extended Cross Grip 

Click below to a YouTube playlist with all Vic Firth / Ney Rosauro’s Video Lessons on the Extended Cross Grip 
Ney Rosauro’s Video Lessons on the Extended Cross Grip 
Click below to a YouTube playlist with all Vic Firth / Ney Rosauro’s Video Lessons on the Extended Cross Grip 

Ney Rosauro Vic Firth Signature Mallets

Ney designed this special series of marimba and vibraphone mallets to reflect the sound he desired for his award winning compositions.

All of the models feature rattan shafts and rubber cores coupled with special yarn and cord choices. This assures the player a pure and natural sound that projects the full capabilities of the instrument. Unique to this series are two “hybrid” models designed to cross over between marimba, vibraphone and xylophone.

Learn more about the Ney Rosauro Mallets at VicFirth.com

Image and text courtesy of Vic Firth.