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 Symphony No. 6, commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, receives its World Premiere in Cincinnati, October 18-19.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performs his Flute Concerto, November 21-23. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra gives the Australian Premiere of his Bassoon Concerto November 28-30.
“Rouse can make even a modestly sized orchestra roar, shriek and nearly explode.” —NPR