"He [Emilio] could yell at the top of his lungs but with a sort of a soft pedal on so you don't get scared out of the room but it's a wonderful, wonderful experience. I had talent but after that point, it hadn't really been focused like that and he was able to funnel it and make it possible to really hone in and develop something. I'm very grateful to him for that because that type of focus helped me a great deal throughout my college years and throughout the rest of my development. His picture hangs on my wall with all my teachers and as I'm listening to a student, I look over to him smiling at me over there. I feel him inside me when I'm teaching sometimes. I find myself using the same language that he would use and I sort of laugh inside when I do that. It's funny to recognize another version in yourself but his stamp is definitely in my teaching."

-Nicholas Roth, Faculty, Drake University

"Emilio must have felt much as one who was present at the 'creation' – the creation of their musical awareness, the beginnings of their drive to become, and the nascence of their need to compete – to show that they were musicians of consequence who could hold and captivate their audiences – and he has held and captivated each and every one of them. Emilio is unique – meaning one of a kind!"

-Frank Little, Former President, Music Institute of Chicago

"The Emilio Rosario Competition is so important on our musical scene. I wish all success to continue this worthwhile competition honoring our dear friend, Emilio."

-Mary Sauer, Pianist (retired), Chicago Symphony Orchestra

"The thing is he criticizes without making the student feel discouraged or upset and that is just what makes the student want to change but not feel bad about what went wrong. He makes it easier for the students to realize their problems without having to have any pitfalls or worries and, of course, he is a champion joke teller."

-Conrad Tao, Concert pianist and composer

"Mr. D loved music with a childlike and contagious sense of wonder. In his teaching, he followed his intuition and simply taught what he heard and felt naturally. I can still see him holding out his hand arrestingly and exclaiming, ‘Like a great singer.' His flawless ears told him what to do and how to do it. As a performer, he was deeply memorable, especially in Mozart. His simplicity, directness and wisdom in the sonatas could leave no listener dry-eyed. He related to the music so strongly that each time he played, it felt as if he told an inevitable truth. Mr. D gave a solid training and a love for music to so many. He also gave teenagers a clear and exact sense of purpose during the most difficult years of growing up. There was a linear inexorability to them. Nothing could distract from the discipline and firmness of being a Mr. D. student. Practice something for 8 hours, and if you could not play it before, you will be able to play it now. Give something a year to marinate, and it will come out on stage, as if born anew, time after time. ‘Just think about the music’ he said to us. And, thanks to him, so many of us have dedicated our lives to music."

-Inna Faliks, Faculty, UCLA

"Mr. D made me the pianist, the teacher, the musician that I am today. I try each day to carry on his spirit of profound love for music and the belief that each student can be truly great. I think the EDR Music Foundation is a wonderful organization that shares this mission, and allows another generation of students to enjoy the support, the challenge and the encouragement that my studio-mates and I were privileged to receive."

-Svetlana Belsky, Faculty, University of Chicago

"Mr. D (del Rosario) was one of the most influential teachers I've had. His teaching led my playing to a whole new level. I am forever grateful for him, and I am thrilled that his legacy will be carried on through the EDR Music Foundation."

-Ching-Wen Hsiao , Faculty, West Virginia University