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Michael Alec Rose

Associate Professor of Composition

Michael Alec Rose’s many awards and commissions include the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation's chamber music commission, for which he composed his String Quartet No. 2; 27 consecutive annual awards in composition from ASCAP, 1986-2012; commissions from the Blair String Quartet and Mendelssohn String Quartet; and four works for the Nashville Symphony.

Rose’s Interferon, or Piano Concerto was performed by two orchestras in the Czech Republic in 2001. Graces, Furies was commissioned for the Carolina Piano Trio, which performed it widely in 2007-08. Burlesques Before the Ark (piano quartet) was presented by three ensembles in 2011-12. Sedentary Dances (cello concerto) was first performed by Felix Wang in January 2013. Unturned Stones (duo for violin and viola) was premiered the following month at a concert in Broadstairs, Kent, England. Rose’s Beatitudes, a new song cycle for tenor and piano (on texts by Maurice Maeterlinck), was premiered by Tony Boutté in Paris, France in June 2013, with the composer at the piano.

Rose is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music. He codirects an ongoing International Exchange Program between the Royal Academy of Music, London (RAM) and the Blair School, regularly visiting RAM as composer-in-residence, with performances of many new works at various sites in London. Two larger works that have grown out of the Exchange are the Pastoral Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and The Periodic Table (Chamber Concerto for Piano and Eight Players). In October 2011, Rose’s Hopeful Monsters for string orchestra, commemorating the anti-fascist Battle of Cable Street, was premiered at Wilton’s Music Hall in East London, right around the corner from where the battle took place in 1936.

Rose’s first book, Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground, was published by Continuum Books in 2010. A CD of Rose’s recent music for strings and horn will be released in July 2013.

 Rose studied with Pulitzer-winning composers George Crumb and Richard Wernick, and with George Rochberg and Samuel Adler. He has won several major teaching awards at Vanderbilt, including the prestigious Chair of Teaching Excellence.

More information on Michael Alec Rose’s music is available at his website.