Bio

 

Hailed as a “confident new musical voice” (The New York Times), a “big discovery” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and a “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). Only 28 years old, his work has been performed by orchestras across the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Esteemed artists such as Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, Anthony McGill, and David Shifrin have championed Mr. Rogerson’s chamber music. He has collaborated with the Attacca, Brentano, Dover, Jasper, and JACK Quartets, as well as distinguished members of the Guarneri and Orion Quartets. His music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Rudolfinum, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Center in Chicago.

The 2017-2018 season is a busy one for Mr. Rogerson. Yo-Yo Ma premieres his new work for cello and orchestra; the Dover Quartet tours his new clarinet quintet, Thirty Thousand Days, with David Shifrin; he collaborates with playwright Dipika Guha and the Oregon Symphony on a play on the topic of immigration; the Kansas City Symphony premieres Virunga, with images from the eponymous national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, the Attacca Quartet continues their “Recently Added” series at National Sawdust with a concert of his complete quartet music, and violinist Nick Kendall and cellist Efe Baltacigil premiere a new duo commissioned for the Seattle Symphony’s {untitled} series. His flute, clarinet, and piano trio, A Fish Will Rise, written for Anthony McGill, Demarre McGill, and Michael McHale, was recently recorded and released by Cedille Records, and Bridge Records releases a recording of Anne Marie McDermott playing Mozart concerti, featuring Mr. Rogerson’s cadenzas. In addition, the 2017-2018 season features performances by the Sarasota Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Pensacola Symphony.

From 2014-2017, Mr. Rogerson held the post of Composer-in-Residence with the Amarillo Symphony; during this productive residency, he completed The Way Through, a ten-minute work for orchestra, a clarinet concerto for Anthony McGill, and Ancient Souls, a twenty-minute tone poem, in addition to having several existing works performed. He continues to serve as Artistic Advisor for the orchestra. In 2017-2018, he serves as the Composer-in-Residence for the Lake George Music Festival and Guest Composer-Curator with the Pensacola Symphony. Other recent commissions have come from the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta, and New World Symphony, and his works have been performed in recent seasons by the New Jersey, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, and Charlotte symphony orchestras.

A Theodore Presser Career Grant recipient, Mr. Rogerson has garnered the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, two BMI Student Composer Awards, the Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Award, a New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission, 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, and grants from Chamber Music America and New Music USA.

Mr. Rogerson has been in residence at Copland House, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation. He has also been Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, Seal Bay Festival, the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, Protege Composer-in-Residence at Chamber Music Northwest, 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, Mr. Rogerson studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale School of Music, and Princeton University with Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, and Steve Mackey. He is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc. and served as YCA Composer-in-Residence from 2010-2012. He also is one of two composers on the roster of the newly formed Manhattan Chamber Players. In 2012, he co-founded Kettle Corn New Music, a new music presenting organization in New York City, and currently serves as its co-artistic director. In 2016, he joined the Musical Studies Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he lives full-time.

Works

Orchestral Works

 

That Night Under The Stars (2017)

*a play in one act in collaboration with playwright Dipika Guha

Duration: ca. 40 minutes

2-2-2-2, 4-3-3-0, timp+3, hp, pno/cel, strings

Commissioned by the Oregon Symphony

Premiered by Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony in November 2017

 

Dolos Sielut (Ancient Souls) (2017)

Duration: 19 minutes

3-2-3-3, 4-3-3-1, timp+4, hp, pno, cel, strings

Commissioned by the Amarillo Symphony

Premiered by Jacomo Bairos and the Amarillo Symphony in March 2017, subsequent performance by the Pensacola Symphony

 

Among Mountains (2016)

Duration: 4 minutes

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

Commissioned by the Oregon Symphony

Premiered by Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony in September 2016

 

Four Autumn Landscapes, for clarinet and orchestra (2016)

Duration: 18 minutes

1(picc)-1-1-1, 2-2-0-0, perc, hp, pno/cel, strings

Commissioned by the Amarillo Symphony

Premiered by Anthony McGill and the Amarillo Symphony in October 2016; subsequent performance by Raphaël Sévère and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s

 

Shadows Lengthen (2015)

Duration: 8 minutes

for string orchestra, in chamber and orchestral versions

Written for the Amarillo Symphony and the Manhattan Chamber Players

 

The Way Through (2014)

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Commissioned by the Amarillo Symphony

Premiered by Jacomo Bairos and the Amarillo Symphony in September 2014; subsequent performances by the Grand Rapids Symphony, nu deco ensemble, and the Sarasota Orchestra

 

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; subsequent performance by the Milwaukee Symphony

 

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, strings

Commissioned by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for Paul Ferington; subsequent performances by the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, 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

 

Thirty Thousand Days (2017)

Duration: 18 minutes

Commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest, with support from New Music USA

Premiered by David Shifrin and the Dover Quartet in July 2017

 

A Fish Will Rise, for flute, clarinet, and piano (2016)

Duration: 9 minutes

Commissioned by Anthony McGill

Premiered by Demarre McGill, Anthony McGill, and Michael McHale at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia in December 2017

 

Constellations, for clarinet, viola, and piano (2015)


I. Ara (after Beethoven)


II. Pavo (after Mozart)


II. Cygnus (after Haydn)

Duration: 12 minutes

Commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest

Premiered by David Shifrin, Steven Tenenbom, and Yekwon Sunwoo in July 2015

 

River Songs, for piano trio (2014)


I. A Fish Will Rise


II. Massing Clouds


III. Swan Song

Duration: 20 minutes

Commissioned by the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival

Premiered by Ida Kavafian, Efe Baltacigil, and Anne-Marie McDermott in January 2015

 


Nocturnal Prayer, for cello and piano (2014)

Duration: 8 minutes

Written for Brook Speltz

 

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.

 

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

2017-2018 Season

 

October 11-13, 2017

Mini-residency with Amarillo Symphony
Amarillo, TX

 

November 4, 5, 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


New work, for orchestra 
Oregon Symphony / Carlos Kalmar
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

 

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 4 p.m.


Thirty Thousand Days, for clarinet and string quartet
David Shifrin and the Dover Quartet
The Schubert Club
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, St. Paul, MN

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017, 8 p.m.


once, for violin and piano 
Benjamin Beilman, violin / Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Kumho Art Hall, Seoul, South Korea

 

March 23-24, 2018, 8 p.m.


Virunga
Kansas City Symphony / Michael Stern
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, Kansas City, MO

 

Sunday March 25, 2018, 2 p.m.


Virunga
Kansas City Symphony / Michael Stern
Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, Kansas City, MO

 

Friday, March 2nd, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


Thirty Thousand Days, for clarinet and string quartet
David Shifrin and the Dover Quartet
Phoenix Chamber Music Society
Camelback Bible Church, Paradise Valley, AZ

 

Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 8 p.m.


Luminosity, for orchestra
Rhode Island Philharmonic / Jacomo Bairos
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, East Providence, RI

 

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, 5:30 p.m.


The Way Through, for orchestra
Sarasota Orchestra / Jacomo Bairos
Holley Hall, Sarasota, FL

 

Thursday, April 12th, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


The Way Through, for orchestra
Sarasota Orchestra / Jacomo Bairos
Holley Hall, Sarasota, FL

 

Friday, April 13th, 2018, 5:30 p.m.


The Way Through, for orchestra
Sarasota Orchestra / Jacomo Bairos
Holley Hall, Sarasota, FL

 

Saturday, April 14th, 2018, 8 p.m.


The Way Through, for orchestra
Sarasota Orchestra / Jacomo Bairos
Holley Hall, Sarasota, FL

 

Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 7:30 p.m.


Ancient Souls, for orchestra
Pensacola Symphony / Peter Rubardt, Music Director
Saenger Theatre, Pensacola, FL

 

Friday, June 15th, 2018, 10 p.m.


Duo, for violin and cello
Nick Kendall, violin / Efe Baltacigil, cello
Seattle Symphony: {untitled} series
Grand Lobby, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

 

 

 

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