Bio

Hailed as a “confident, fully-grown composing talent” (The Washington Post), Chris Rogerson’s music has been praised for its “virtuosic exuberance” and “haunting beauty” (The New York Times). He has received commissions and performances from the Atlanta Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, the Brentano Quartet, and the JACK Quartet. His music has been performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Center in Chicago.

For the 2014-2015 season, Chris has been named the Composer-in-Residence for the Amarillo Symphony, who will premiere a new work on their season opening concert.  He also serves as the Composer-in-Residence for the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, which has commissioned a piano trio to be premiered by Ida Kavafian, Efe Baltacigil, and Anne Marie McDermott.  His 2014-2015 season also features performances by the Spokane Symphony, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and the Opus One Piano Quartet.

In 2012, Chris was honored with a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  A Theodore Presser Career Grant recipient, he has also won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, two BMI Student Composer Awards, the Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Award, and prizes from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the National Association for Music Education, the New York Art Ensemble, and Third Millennium Ensemble.

Chris has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation.  He has also been Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Young Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire, and a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival, and the Norfolk New Music Workshop.

Born in 1988, he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Yale School of Music with Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Martin Bresnick, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University. Chris is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc, and is a co-founder and artistic director of Kettle Corn New Music, a new music presenting organization in New York City.

Works

Orchestra Works

 

The Way Through (2014)

Duration: 8 minutes

2-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+2, hp, strings

Commissioned by the Amarillo Symphony

To be premiered by Jacomo Bairos and the Amarillo Symphony in September 2014

 

A Single Candle (2014)

Duration: 12 minutes

2(picc)-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+3, hp, pno/cel, strings

Commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony

Premiered by Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony in June 2014

 

Open Air (2013)

Duration: 4 minutes

2-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+2, strings

Commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta

Premiered by Mei-Ann Chen and the Chicago Sinfonietta at Wentz Concert Hall and Symphony Center in June 2013

 

Our Game (2012)

Duration: 5 minutes

2-2(EH)-2-2, 4-3-3-1, timp+3, hp, pno/cel, strings

Commissioned by the New World Symphony

Premiered by Joshua Gersen and the New World Symphony in March 2012

 

That Blue Repair, for cello and orchestra (2011)

Duration: 10 minutes

2-1-2-1, 2-2-0-0, timp+2, hp, solo cello, strings

Commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony

Premiered by Jay Campbell and the New York Youth Symphony with Ryan McAdams conducting at Carnegie Hall

 


Oaken Sky (2011)

Duration: 7 minutes and 30 seconds

2-2-2-2, 2-2-2-0, timp+2, hp, pno/cel, strings

Written for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra

Subsequent performances with the Yale Philharmonia, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Kansas City Philharmonia, and Harrisburg Youth Symphony

 

Luminosity (2010)

Duration: 4 minutes

2-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp + 2, hp, strings

Commissioned by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for Paul Ferington

Subsequent performances by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra

 

Night and the City (2010)

Duration: 6 minutes

2-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+2, hp, strings

Commissioned by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra

Subsequent performances with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra

 


Noble Pond (2009)

Duration: 7 minutes and 30 seconds

2(picc)-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+3, hp, strings

2011 Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Award

Premiered by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Subsequent performances with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra

 


A Prayer for Spring (2008)

Duration: 5 minutes

3(picc)-2-2-2, 4-2-2-1, timp+3, hp, pno, strings

Premiered by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Subsequent performances with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony

 

Chamber Works

 

String Quartet No. 2 (2013)


I. Canzonetta: Sweetness


II. Intermezzo: Dance


III. Chorale: Stillness

Duration: 24 minutes

Commissioned by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society for the Attacca Quartet

 

Fishing, for narrator, clarinet, cello, and piano (2013)

Duration: 10 minutes

Commissioned by Orchestra 2001

 

Summer Night Music, for piano quartet (2012)


I. Twilight / II. Fireflies


III. Evening Prayers


IV. Sleep Music

Duration: 20 minutes

Commissioned by the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington

Premiered by Jasmine Lin, Burchard Tang, Priscilla Lee, and Alessio Bax at Fasig-Tipton Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky

 

once, for violin and piano (2011)


I. learning the world


II. massing clouds


III. relearning


IV. fireflies

Duration: 18 minutes

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc.

Premiered by Benjamin Beilman and Yekwon Sunwoo at the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Art Museum, Merkin Hall, and the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston

 

in passing, for pierrot ensemble plus percussion (2010)

Duration: 8 minutes

Written for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble

 

A Song for a Friend, for cello and piano (2010)

Duration: 5 minutes

Commissioned by Natalie Helm

 


Lullaby: no bad dreams, for violin and piano (2009)

Duration: 7 minutes

2011 National Federation of Music Clubs Marion Richter Award

Commissioned by Curtis-on-Tour for Benjamin Beilman and Yekwon Sunwoo

Premiered at venues including the Library of Congress, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Ravinia Festival

 

String Quartet No. 1 (2009)


I. Duel


II. Hymn


III. Dance

Duration: 12 minutes

2010 New York Art Ensemble Composition Contest Winner

2010 Society for New Music Prize

Commissioned by Music From Angel Fire, Ida Kavafian, Director

Performed by the Dover Quartet and the JACK Quartet

 

Fractured Light, for viola and piano (2008)

Duration: 18 minutes

Commissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music

Premiered by Vicki Powell and Lio Kuokman

 

Brothers, for piano trio (2008)

Duration: 10 minutes

2009 counter)induction composition competition winner

Premiered at the Tenri Cultural Center in New York City

 

Four Autumn Landscapes, for clarinet and piano (2007)


I. A Cold Clear Dawn


II. Maple Creek


III. Scattered Leaves


IV. December Woods

Duration: 17 minutes

2008 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Award

Premiered by Yao Zhai and Lio Kuokman

Performed at venues including Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle New Music, and ClarinetFest!

 

Solo Works

 

Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello (2014)


I. Prelude


II. Sarabande


VI. Gigue

Duration: 20 minutes

Written for Brook Speltz

Premiered at Taplin Auditorium at Princeton University

 


Air, for solo guitar (2011)

Duration: 7 minutes

Written for Robert Belinic

Premiered at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

 

‘Til it was dark, for solo piano (2010)


I. Break


II. “Three more minutes!”


III. Important Things

Duration: 15 minutes

Commissioned by Young Concert Artists, Inc.

Premiered by Charlie Albright in the Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall

 

Meditation and Caprice, for solo viola (2010)

Duration: 6 minutes

Commissioned by Milena Pajaro van-de-Stadt

 

Noble Pond, for solo piano (2008)

Duration: 7 minutes

 

Vocal Works

 

Three Children’s Poems of Eugene Field (2013)


I. Mother and Child


II. Little Boy Blue


II. A heine love song

Duration: 10 minutes

Written for Kettle Corn New Music

Premiered by soprano Mellissa Hughes and pianist Lisa Moore in August 2013

Birches, for baritone and chamber ensemble (2007)

Duration: 9 minutes

Written for Brandon Cedel and musicians of the Curtis Institute

 

Media

Events

2013-2014 Season

 

Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 8 p.m.


Fishing, for narrator, clarinet, cello, and piano
Orchestra 2001
Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA

 

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013, 3 p.m.


Fishing, for narrator, clarinet, cello, and piano
Orchestra 2001
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

 

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 8 p.m.


String Quartet No. 2
The Attacca Quartet
Kleinhan’s Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

 

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 8 p.m.


Noble Pond, for solo piano
Lisa Moore, piano
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton Arts Council, Princeton, NJ

 

Saturday, November 9th, 2013, 7 p.m.


Lullaby: no bad dreams, for violin and piano

Jisoo Kim / Edward Leung, piano
Mathey College Common Room, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

 

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 8 p.m.


once, for violin and piano
Keir GoGwilt, violin / Nathaniel LaNasa, piano
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Princeton Arts Council, Princeton, NJ

 

Sunday, January 12th, 2014, 3 p.m.


Fishing, for narrator, clarinet, cello, and piano
Orchestra 2001
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

 

Sunday, January 26th, 2014, 3 p.m.


Summer Night Music, for piano quartet
Cape Fear Chamber Players
First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, NC

 

Friday, January 31st, 2014, 8 p.m.


once, for violin and piano
Dinosaur Annex
Longy School of Music, Pickman Hall, Boston, MA

 

Saturday, April 19th, 2014, 3 p.m.


Noble Pond, for solo piano
Edward Leung, piano
McAlpin Hall, Woolworth Music Building at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

 

Monday, April 21st, 2014, 12:45 p.m.


Fishing, for narrator, clarinet, cello, and piano
Musicians of the Curtis Institute
St. Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, PA

 

Sunday, April 27th, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


Four Autumn Landscapes, for clarinet and piano
Jane Carl, clarinet / Patricia Higdon, piano
White Recital Hall, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

 

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, 8 p.m.


Sonata for Unaccompanied Cello
Brook Speltz
Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

 

Sunday, June 1st, 2014, 7:30 P.M.


String Quartet No. 1 
The Dover Quartet
Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI

 

Friday, June 6th, 2014, 8 P.M.


A Single Candle, for orchestra 
Kansas City Symphony / Michael Stern
Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Arts, Kansas City, MO

 

Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 8 P.M.


A Single Candle, for orchestra 
Kansas City Symphony / Michael Stern
Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Arts, Kansas City, MO

 

Sunday, June 8th, 2014, 2 P.M.


A Single Candle, for orchestra 
Kansas City Symphony / Michael Stern
Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Arts, Kansas City, MO

 

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014, 4 P.M.


Luminosity, for orchestra 
Atlanta Symphony / Jacomo Bairos
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, Rabun Gap, GA

 

Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 8 P.M.


Night and the City, for orchestra 
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra / Jacques Lacombe
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

 

 

 

 

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