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Recently hailed by the Washington Post as a “confident, fully-grown composing talent,”  23-year old Chris Rogerson’s music has been praised for its “virtuosic exuberance” and “haunting beauty” (The New York Times).

He has received commissions and performances from ensembles such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, and the JACK Quartet. His music has been performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall.

Recently, Chris was honored with a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In addition, his music has won awards from ASCAP, the Theodore Presser Foundation, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the National Association for Music Education, the New York Art Ensemble, the Aspen Music Festival (Jacob Druckman Award) and the Society for New Music.

Chris spent the past summer at the MacDowell Colony and the Cabrillo Festival.  He has also been Young Composer-in-Residence at Music from Angel Fire, a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Norfolk New Music Workshop, and a participant of the Bowdoin International Music Festival and California Summer Music.

Chris is represented by Young Concert Artists and is their current Composer-in-Residence. Currently, his upcoming projects include commissions from the Buffalo Chamber Music Society for the Attacca Quartet and the Chicago Sinfonietta, conducted by Mei-Ann Chen.  This summer, he will be in residence at Yaddo and the Ucross Foundation, and will serve as Composer-in-Residence for the Chamber Music of Lexington, which has commissioned a piano quartet.

Born in 1988, Chris started playing the piano at age two and cello at eight.  He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University, where his primary teachers were Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Kernis, and Martin Bresnick. He has also studied composition with Robert Beaser, Richard Danielpour, and Christopher Rouse.  This fall, he will be a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University.

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