Recipient of the 2012 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 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). Mr. Rogerson's current commissions include works for the Attacca Quartet through the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, for "Orchestra 2001," and for the Kansas City Symphony; all three will be premiered this season. Additional commissions include Open Air for the Chicago Sinfonietta and a piano quartet entitled Summer Night Music for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, where he served as the Composer-in-Residence.
In recent seasons, Chris Rogerson has been commissioned by The New York Youth Symphony, which premiered his work That Blue Repair for cello and orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2012; The New World Symphony, which premiered Our Game in 2012; Curtis on Tour which premiered his piece Lullaby: no bad dreams at Jazz at Lincoln Center and at the Ravinia Festival among others. 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 Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the VERGE ensemble, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, the Brentano Quartet, and the JACK Quartet.
Last summer, he completed a residency at the artist colony Yaddo, and at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.
Winner of the 2013 BMI Student Composer Award, Mr. Rogerson has also won 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.
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 doctoral fellow at Princeton University, studying 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.