Acclaimed American composer and educator Christopher Rouse has passed away – aged 70.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Cornell University, throughout his distinguished career, Mr Rouse was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, Grammy Award for ‘Best Classical Contemporary Composition’ and a Pulitzer Prize for Music.
He held teaching positions on faculty at the University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School – and served as Composer-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic from 2012 to 2015.
His notable works included a Requiem, a Violin Concerto, premiered in 1991 by Cho-Liang Lin – and six symphonies.
CHO-LIANG LIN | CHRISTOPHER ROUSE VIOLIN CONCERTO | LARRY RACHLEFF & THE SHEPHERD SCHOOL SYMPHONY | 2014
“A major voice in American music has been silenced …” St Louis Symphony Music Director Leonard Slatkin has this week said.
“Christopher Rouse will be remembered for his incredible individuality, humility, immense knowledge and willingness to share … his music will be performed and cherished by those who knew him and those just discovering his talent,” he has said.