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Christopher Rouse

 b. 1949Photo Credit: Jeffrey Herman


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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

Works by Christopher Rouse include:
Der Gerettete Alberich (1997) for solo percussion and orchestra
Flute Concerto (1993) for flute and orchestra
Phaethon (1986) for orchestra
Odna Zhizn (2009) for orchestra
Compline (1996) for flute, clarinet, harp, and string quartet

Looking Ahead: Rouse’s Organ Concerto receives its West coast premiere on April 20 with soloist Paul Jacobs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by David Robertson at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The following month, Jacobs performs the concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra under Gustavo Gimeno at the Kennedy Center.

Rouse’s Symphony No. 5 will be performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School on August 6, and then in October by the Nashville Symphony.

"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

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