Christopher Rouse is one of America's most prominent composers of orchestral music. His works have won a Pulitzer Prize (for his Trombone Concerto) and a Grammy Award (for Concert de Gaudí), as well as election to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dr. Rouse has created a body of work perhaps unequalled in its emotional intensity. The New York Times has called it "some of the most anguished, most memorable music around." The Baltimore Sun has written: "When the music history of the late 20th century is written, I suspect the explosive and passionate music of Rouse will loom large."
Dr. Rouse graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University, numbering among his principal teachers George Crumb and Karel Husa. Dr. Rouse maintained a steady interest in popular music; at the Eastman School of Music, where he was Professor of Composition until 2002, he taught a course in the history of rock for many years. Dr. Rouse is currently a member of the composition faculty at The Juilliard School.
In 2006 Dr. Rouse completed a dance work entitled Friandises, jointly commissioned by the New York City Ballet and the Juilliard School, and which premiered in February 2006. The performance was featured on PBS's "Live from Lincoln Center" as part of their broadcast of 100 Years of The Juilliard School: A Gala Celebration. Since then, more than one dozen of Dr. Rouse's compositions have premiered across the country. Dr. Rouse also serves as Composer-in-Residence at the New York Philharmonic.