Gil Rose is an American conductor and the founder and Artistic Director of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, a professional orchestra in the United States committed to commissioning, performing, and recording 20th- and 21st-century music.
Gil Rose was born in Pittsburgh, PA and received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. He later enrolled at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree and Artist Diploma. His teachers include Samuel Jones, Juan Pablo Izquierdo, and Robert Page.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project:
In 1996, Rose founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and since then, has served as its Artistic Director. Under Rose's leadership, BMOP has received two John S. Edwards Awards for Strongest Commitment to New American Music and has won eleven ASCAP awards for adventurous orchestral programming. Rose is a recipient of an ASCAP Concert Music award and in 2007, received Columbia University's Ditson Conductor's Award for his commitment to the performance of American music. Rose is the recipient of three Grammy Award nominations: in 2010 for his direction of Derek Bermel's Voices for solo clarinet and orchestra; and two nominations in 2011 for his direction of Steven Mackey's Dreamhouse. Both recordings were released on the BMOP/sound record label.
Since 2003, Rose has served as the Artistic Director of Opera Boston, an opera company in residence at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. His performances with Opera Boston include: Luisa Miller (Verdi), Nixon in China (Adams), Alceste (Gluck), The Crucible (Ward), La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach), The Consul (Menotti), Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti), The Pearl Fishers (Bizet), The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Weill), Ernani (Verdi), Semele (Handel), Ainadamar featuring Dawn Upshaw (Golijov), The Nose (Shostakovich), Der Freischütz (Weberand), The Bartered Bride (Smetana), Tancredi featuring Ewa Podles (Rossini), and the world premiere of Madame White Snake with music by Zhou Long.
Other Conducting Engagements:
Rose has curated the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University and served as the Artistic Director of the 2008 Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. He also directed the Voice of America Festival, a six-concert, three-day event, featuring BMOP in partnership with the Florestan Recital Project and the Tufts University Department of Music.
Rose has also made numerous appearances as a guest conductor, including with the American Composers Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the National Orchestra of Porto, as well as several appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He made his Tanglewood Music Festival debut in 2002 and in 2003 he debuted with the Netherlands Radio Symphony as part of the Holland Festival.
From 2003-2006, he was the Artistic Director of the Opera Unlimited Festival, a collaboration between BMOP and Opera Boston resulting in staged contemporary chamber operas. He led world premieres of Elena Ruehr's Toussaint Before the Spirits, the New England premiere of Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face, and John Harbison's Full Moon in March. In 2006 Opera Unlimited presented the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös's Angels in America to critical acclaim.
As an educator Mr. Rose served five years as director of Orchestral Activities at Tufts University. In 2013, he joined the faculty of Northeastern University serving as a "Professor of Practice of Music."
Rose conducted performances of Death and the Powers, an opera by Tod Machover featuring new performance technologies developed by the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with the American Repertory Theater. The world premiere took place at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco in September 2010. The North American premiere will take place in Boston with the American Repertory Theater in March 2011, followed by a Midwest premiere at the Chicago Opera Theater in April 2011. Rose is scheduled to lead Opera Boston in New England premieres of Paul Hindemith's Cardillac, Gaetano Donizetti's Maria Padilla (featuring Barbara Quintiliani), and Beethoven's Fidelio.
Rose has conducted on world premiere recordings of music by:,
William Thomas McKinley,
BMOP/sound (Executive Producer),
New World Records,
Rose serves as Executive Producer of BMOP/sound, a recipient of 2009, 2010, and 2011 Grammy Award nomations. His recordings have appeared on the year-end "Best of" lists of The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, American Record Guide, National Public Radio, and Downbeat Magazine.
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