Bio

 

Hailed as a “confident new musical voice” (The New York Times) 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). He has received commissions and performances from orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and New Jersey Symphony. His collaborators in chamber music include the Attacca, Brentano, Dover, JACK, and Jasper Quartets, artists such as Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, and David Shifrin, as well as distinguished members of the Guarneri and Orion Quartets. His music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, and Symphony Center in Chicago.

Chris has been named the Composer-in-Residence for the Amarillo Symphony for 2014-2016; as part of the residency, the orchestra will commission a work to be premiered each season in addition to performing existing compositions. Other upcoming works include a new orchestral work for the Oregon Symphony and a clarinet concerto for New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist Anthony McGill. Recent commissions have also come from the Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia.

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 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, 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 Copland House, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Ucross Foundation. He has also been Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, 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, Chris 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. Chris is represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.; he 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.

Works

Orchestral Works

 

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

To be 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

To be premiered by Anthony McGill and the Amarillo Symphony in October 2016

 

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

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, 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

 

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

2016-2017 Season

 

Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Among Mountains, for orchestra
Oregon Symphony / Carlos Kalmar
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

 

Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Among Mountains, for orchestra 
Oregon Symphony / Carlos Kalmar
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

 

Monday, September 26th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Among Mountains, for orchestra 
Oregon Symphony / Carlos Kalmar
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

 

 

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 – Sunday, October 2nd, 2016, 4 p.m.


The Way Through, for orchestra 
Grand Rapids Symphony / Jacomo Bairos
4th Floor Gallery, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Friday, October 14th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Four Autumn Landscapes, for clarinet and orchestra
Anthony McGill, clarinet / Amarillo Symphony / Jacomo Bairos, Music Director
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Amarillo, TX

 

Saturday, October 15th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Four Autumn Landscapes, for clarinet and orchestra
Anthony McGill, clarinet / Amarillo Symphony / Jacomo Bairos, Music Director
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Amarillo, TX

 

Saturday, October 23rd, 2016, 7 p.m.


A Song from Home, for orchestra
Amherst Symphony Orchestra / Stefan Sanders, Music Director
Amherst Middle School, Amherst, NY

 

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


String Quartet No. 2
Cassatt String Quartet
California State University, Sacramento, CA

 

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, 2 p.m.


Shadows Lengthen
Manhattan Chamber Players
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY

 

Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


String Quartet No. 1
Jasper String Quartet
Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting – Skyspace, Philadelphia, PA

 

Friday, December 9th, 2016, 7 p.m.


Four Autumn Landscapes
Anthony McGill, clarinet / Michael McHale, piano
Kettle Corn New Music, DiMenna Center, New York, NY

 

Thursday, December 15th, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Four Autumn Landscapes
Mark Dover, clarinet / David Fung, piano
Manhattan Chamber Players
Baruch College, New York, NY

 

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, 8 p.m.


String Quartet No. 1
Dover Quartet
Orchard Circle Series, Ethical Society, Philadelphia, PA

 

Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 8 p.m.


String Quartet No. 1
Dover Quartet
Orchard Circle Series, DiMenna Center, New York, NY

 

Friday, March 24th, 2017


Symphony
Amarillo Symphony / Jacomo Bairos, Music Director
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Amarillo, TX

 

Saturday, March 25th, 2017


Symphony
Amarillo Symphony / Jacomo Bairos, Music Director
Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, Amarillo, TX

 

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017


Four Autumn Landscapes, for clarinet and orchestra
Raphaël Sévère, clarinet / Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Michael Christie
Young Concert Artists Gala, Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY

 

 

 

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For a full electronic press kit, bio, and list of compositions, please visit my page at yca.org.
If you have any questions and would like to email me, my email is rogerson.chris@gmail.com.

 

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