Christopher Rouse is known for orchestral scores that possess a driving, sometimes brutal energy * In recent years, a new current of lyricism has emerged in his music * His scores have been performed by every major orchestra in the U.S. and an increasing number in Europe and Asia * Champions include conductors Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, and David Zinman * Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his Trombone Concerto and a Grammy (Best Contemporary Composition, 2002) for his guitar concerto, Concert de Gaudí * Among soloists, noted interpreters include Emanuel Ax, Evelyn Glennie, Sharon Isbin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Dawn Upshaw
Looking Ahead: This fall sees the world premiere of Christopher Rouse's Bassoon Concerto, performed by soloist Andrew Cuneo with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by Cristian Macelaru. The piece also travels this season to Sydney for its Australian premiere with soloist Todd Gibson-Cornish, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and conductor David Robertson.
"When the music history of the late 20th century is written, I suspect the explosive and passionate music of Rouse will loom large." — Baltimore Sun