Gil Rose

Professor of the Practice of Music

Gil Rose is a conductor helping to shape the future of classical music. His dynamic performances and many recordings have garnered international critical praise.

In 1996, Maestro Rose founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the foremost professional orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing and recording symphonic music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Under his leadership, BMOP’s unique programming and high performance standards have attracted critical acclaim and earned the orchestra thirteen ASCAP awards for adventurous programming as well as the John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music.

Mo. Rose maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor on both the opera and symphonic world. He made his Tanglewood debut in 2002 and in 2003 he debuted with the Netherlands Radio Symphony as part of the Holland Festival. He has led the American Composers Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the National Orchestra of Porto and has made several appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He has curated the Fromm concerts at Harvard University and also served as the Artistic Director of the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

Mo. Rose recently partnered with the American Repertory Theatre and the MIT Media Lab to create the world premiere of composer Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, directed by Diane Paulus. He conducted this multi-media work at its World Premiere at the Opera Garnier in Monte Carlo, Monaco in September 2010 and also led its United States premiere at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in March 2011, as well as its Chicago Premiere the following month at Chicago Opera Theatre.

An active recording artist, Mo. Rose’s extensive discography includes world premiere recordings of music by Louis Andriessen, Derek Bermel, John Cage, Robert Erickson, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, Lee Hyla, David Lang, Tod Machover, Steven Mackey, Steven Paulus, David Rakowski, Bernard Rands, George Rochberg, Elena Ruehr, Gunther Schuller, Reza Vali, and Evan Ziporyn on such labels as Albany, Arsis, Cantaloupe, Chandos, ECM, Innova, Naxos, New World, and BMOP/sound, the Grammy-nominated label for which he serves as Executive Producer. His recordings have appeared on the year-end “Best of” lists of The New York TimesTime Out New YorkThe Boston GlobeChicago TribuneAmerican Record GuideNPR, and Downbeat Magazine.

Over the past decade, Mo. Rose has also built a reputation as one of the country’s most inventive and versatile opera conductors. He recently announced the formation of Odyssey Opera—an inventive company dedicated to presenting eclectic operatic repertoire in a variety of formats. Before Odyssey Opera, he led Opera Boston as its Music Director in 2003. In 2010, he was appointed the company’s first Artistic Director. Under his leadership, Opera Boston experienced exponential growth and was acknowledged as one of the most important and innovative companies in America. Mo. Rose led Opera Boston in several national and New England premieres including: Shostakovich’s The Nose, Weber’s Der Freischütz and Hindemith’s Cardillac and has conducted such luminaries as Stephanie Blythe, Ewa Podles, James Maddalena and Sanford Sylvan in signature roles. In 2009, Mo. Rose led the world premiere of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011.

During his tenure at Opera Boston, Mo. Rose has also served as the Artistic Director of Opera Unlimited, a contemporary opera festival which he also founded. With Opera Unlimited, he has led the world premiere of Elena Ruehr’s Toussaint Before the Spirits, the New England premiere of Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face, as well as the revival of John Harbison’s Full Moon in March and the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America to critical acclaim.

In 2007, Mo. Rose was awarded Columbia University’s prestigious Ditson Award as well as an ASCAP Concert Music award for his exemplary commitment to new American music. He is a three time Grammy Award nominee.

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