Mr. Rothbard was born in kibbutz Gan Schmuel in the country side of Israel , near the “Triangle”, an area of several arab and jewish villages. By the age of seven, Mr. Rothbard was relocated in Japan for three years with his parents and two sisters after the family was following his dad’s peruse of fish breeding technologies. After returning to the Kibbutz in 1977, Mr. Rothbard picked up his first musical instrument, the mandolin. But it was not before five years later that he finally picked up the Guitar as his main instrument. during his high school years. Mr. Rothbard records collection includes some of the finest Jazz guitarists such as George Benson,Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass Wes montgomery, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and John Scofield. Later on he discovered the music of charlie Parker,Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and many other Horn players which later on will help him find his own guitar style. Although Mr. Rothbard was already being involved in most musical activities of his high school,it is not before he turned eighteen that he got his first professional gig.
After three years of mandatory service in the I.D.F , at the age of 21, Mr. Rothbard moved to Jerusalem where he performed with Boris Gamer, Avishai Cohen and Amikam Kimmelman. Those engagements were his first chance to participate in international venues such as Red Sea Festival and Tel Aviv Jazz and Blues Festival. It was an eye opening experience to see and hear Jazz Giants like Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, George Coleman and Wayne Shorter that convinced Mr. Rothbard that he needed to peruse his Jazz research in the place where this music was born- The U.S.A . Mr. Rothbard arrived to New York in 1991 and stayed for a year. Although he had the chance to work with the pianist Uri Cain and the drummer-Jimmy Lovelace , he decided to return to Israel and accept a teaching position in Tel Aviv.