International Exchange Program
Royal Academy of Music
Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
Rose is the co-founder and co-director of an ongoing international exchange program involving the Royal Academies of Music in London and Glasgow (RAM and RSAMD) and the Blair School of Music, “Collaborative Composition in London.” He has twice visited RAM as a Guest Composer, with performances of his music at various London sites. Several of his works have also been featured at the Tate St. Ives Gallery in Cornwall. Among the many new works commissioned for these U.K. performances are Hubbert Peak: Three Gas Stations for String Quartet and
Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage: Pantomime for Violinist and Cellist (both for members of the Kreutzer Quartet, in residence at RAM). Both these works were premiered in the spring of 2008 at London’s recently rediscovered Victorian vaudeville theatre, Wilton’s Music Hall.
Other works by Rose—sprung from the fertile ground of the exchange program—have been performed in Mexico, Kosovo, Macedonia, under the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and in the Enlightenment Gallery of the British Museum.
Rose’s Pastoral Concerto for Violin and Orchestra—commissioned by his exchange program co-director, violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved—was premiered with Sheppard Skaerved as soloist and the Vanderbilt Orchestra, under the direction of Robin Fountain, in November of 2008, marking one more milestone in the exchange between Blair and RAM.
A further outgrowth of Rose’s exchange program work is
The Periodic Table (Chamber Concerto for Piano and Eight Players), for pianist Aaron Shorr, Head of Keyboards at RSAMD in Glasgow, where the concerto will be premiered in June, 2009.
The composer’s work in progress is Everything Under the Sun: Four Seasons for Two Violins, for its London premiere at Wilton’s in May, 2009.