Composer Chris Rogerson has been hailed as a “confident, fully-grown composing talent” (The Washington Post) whose music has “virtuosic exuberance” and “haunting beauty” (The New York Times).  He is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence at the Amarillo Symphony for 2014-2016; the orchestra will commission and premiere a new work by Mr. Rogerson each season, in addition to performing two of his previous works.  He was also recently commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest to write a trio for clarinet, viola, and piano entitled “Constellations,” premiered in July 2015 by David Shifrin, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Steven Tenenbom.  The New Jersey Symphony will perform Rogerson’s “Night and the City” on the closing concert of their 2015-2016 season.

Mr. Rogerson has composed works for ensembles of varied sizes and configurations.  His recent orchestral commissions include Nocturnal Prayer for solo cello and orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the Buffalo State College Philharmonia Orchestra in 2015; The Way Through, commissioned and premiered by the Amarillo Symphony in 2014; A Single Candle, commissioned and premiered by the Kansas City Symphony in 2014; Open Air, commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2013; Our Game, commissioned and premiered by the New World Symphony in 2012; and That Blue Repair, for cello and orchestra, commissioned and premiered by the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2011.  His recent chamber commissions include River Songs for piano trio, commissioned by the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival and performed by Ida Kavafian, Efe Baltacigil, and Anne Marie McDermott in 2015; String Quartet No. 2, commissioned by the Buffalo Chamber Music Society and premiered by the Attacca Quartet in 2013; Fishing for narrator, clarinet, cello, and piano, commissioned and premiered by Orchestra 2001 in 2013; and Summer Night Music for piano quartet, commissioned by and premiered at the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington in 2012.  As the 2010-12 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence, two works were commissioned by YCA and premiered in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York and at the Kennedy Center.

Mr. Rogerson’s music has been performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the VERGE ensemble, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, the Brentano Quartet, and the JACK Quartet.  He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming; Mr. Rogerson has been awarded a residency at the Copland House for the fall of 2015.

Recipient of the 2012 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Mr. Rogerson has also won the 2013 and 2014 BMI Student Composer Award, the New York Art Ensemble 2010 Composition Competition, the 2009 Presser Music Award, the 2008 Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP, and has prizes from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the National Association for Music Education, and “counter)induction,” a composer/performer collective.  He was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2011; the Aspen Music Festival in 2010, where he won the 2011 Jacob Druckman Award; Yale School of Music’s Norfolk New Music Workshop in 2008; the Young Composer-in-Residence at the Music from Angel Fire Festival in 2009; and was a guest composer at the Vivace String Camp in 2009 and the Chautauqua Institute in 2008.  He is a co-founder and Artistic Director of Kettle Corn New Music, a concert series held at the DiMenna Center in New York City.

Born in 1988 in Amherst, New York, Mr. Rogerson started playing the piano at the age of two and the cello at eight.  He received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying composition with Jennifer Higdon, a Master’s degree from Yale University, studying composition with Aaron Jay Kernis and Martin Bresnick, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, working with Steve Mackey and Paul Lansky.  Mr. Rogerson has participated in composition master classes with John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Tilson Thomas, William Bolcom, Krystof Penderecki, and Christopher Theofanidis.

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