About Michael Alec Rose

Composer, contemporary concert music, Professor of Composition, Author

Goings-on, 2011

  •  Performance of Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage (duo for violin and cello) at the National Portrait Gallery, London, “Only Connect” Exhibition, September 30, 2011
  • Premiere of Hopeful Monsters (for strings), concert for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, October 1, 2011
  • Three performances of Burlesques Before the Ark
         (Piano Quartet, 2010-11):
    —Blakemore Piano Trio, with guest violist Kathryn Plummer. Blair School of Music, October 25, 2011
    —Concert Series at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus, November 10, 2011 (faculty players).
    —Peabody Institute of Music, Baltimore, January 23, 2012 (faculty players)
  • Two further premieres at the Blair School of Music, October 25, 2011:
    Hopeful Monsters (a version of the above piece, for unaccompanied oboe), performed by Roger Wiesmeyer
    — Opened Ground for cello, performed by Felix Wang
  • Upcoming appearances as featured speaker:
    —Tanglewood Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra, gala finale concert
    (Beethoven’s Ninth), August 28, 2011
    —The Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival, Sept. 23-25, 2011,
    Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
  • “Paganini in Nashville:” Guest Artist Recital, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin, co-director (with Michael Alec Rose) of the Blair / Royal Academy of Music Exchange Programme.
    Includes the world premiere of Michael Alec Rose’s Air.
    Onstage in Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Monday, September 19, 8:00pm. Admission is free.
  • Works in Progress:
    String Quartet No.5
    “Seens of Inchantment” : A Natchez Trace Odyssey
    (commissioned by the Natchez Trace Parkway Association in collaboration with the Nashville Symphony; to be premiered in 2013 at various venues, including Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

Goings-on, 2010

  • Pemiere of Five Bucolics: A Cycle of Songs on Poems by Maurice Manning, at University of Miami, November 21, 2010. Tony Boutté, tenor; Alan Johnson, piano. 
    Audio samples at “Have a Listen. . .”  below, right)
  • Book, Audible Signs:  Essays from a Musical Ground from Continuum Books (Aug. 26, 2010) “A vivid, expressive, and innovative study of how the great composers in classical and rock music deploy subtle musical signs in ingenious ways.” See tab above (Book: Audible Signs) for full description.
  • Audio samples (see “Have a Listen. . .” at below, right)
  • Recent performances featuring virtuoso violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved:
    –  Inaugural Concert, British Museum Project, May 27, 2010: Palimpsest for Solo Violin
    –  Wege durch das Land / Literature and Music Festival in Westphalia, Germany, August, 2010: Everything Under the Sun: Four Seasons for Two Violins.
  • Upcoming premiere at the University of Miami, November 21, 2010:  Five Bucolics: A Cycle of Songs on Poems by Maurice Manning, composed for Tony Boutté, tenor.
  • Speaker, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of Tennessee Chapter, Vanderbilt University, Spring Initiation Meeting, May 13, 2010:  “Audible Signs: An Intimate Iconography of Music.”
  • Air for Unaccompanied Violin (2010)   Recorded by Peter Sheppard Skærved for a forthcoming disc of solo works
  • New works in progress:
    Burlesques Before the Ark (Piano Quartet, 2010).
    The Lost Books of the Odyssey (Tableaux after Zachary Mason’s novel).
  • The Michael Alec Rose Composition Award has been newly endowed at the Blair School of Music by composer-violinist and former student Daniel Bernard Roumain.
  • 25th Annual ASCAPLUS Award (2010)

Goings-on, Autumn 2009

  • August 23, 2009: Featured speaker for Pull-Tight Theatre, Franklin, TN: “The Bernstein Code: Musical Secrets of West Side Story”
  • September 11-15, 2009: Guest Composer at the Royal Academy of Music, London. ramlogo
  • September 13, 2009: World premiere of An arch never sleeps. (duo for violin and double bass). Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin; Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, double bass. Wilton’s Music Hall, London. Pre-concert talk, 5:30pm: “Reinventing String Instruments,” concert at 6pm.
  • September 15, 2009: ‘Soundbox’ with Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin. 12:30 in the Strings Gallery, Royal Academy of Music (Museum Research event).
  • September 24, 2009: Nightcap Series Concert, Blair School of Music: Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin. U.S. premiere of Everything Under the Sun (four seasons for two violins–with Benjamin Hart).
  • October 4, 2009: One Day University Lecture, New York City Hilton. “Beatles & Beethoven: Hearing the Connection.”
  • October 15, 2009: Nightcap Series Concert, Blair School of Music: Excerpts from the three Viola Sonatas: John Kochanowski, viola; Michael Alec Rose, piano
  • October 26, 2009: Performance of Seven for Three (1991), Faculty Recital, Blair School of Music. Jared Hauser, oboe; Leslie Norton, horn; Melissa Rose, piano.
  • November 7, 2009: One Day University Lecture, San Francisco, Moscone Convention Center. “Beethoven and the Beatles: Hearing the Connection.”
  • November 14, 2009: “A retrospective of the first two viola sonatas,” (1986, 1994). Faculty Recital, Blair School of Music. John Kochanowski, viola; Michael Alec Rose, piano.

TBA: Premiere of Five Bucolics (poems by Maurice Manning). Tony Boutte, tenor. University of Miami, Florida

Recent performances

Sunday, June 7, 2009, 3pmasjmlogo

American Society for Jewish Music, New York

“Music in Our Time”
ASJM annual Jewish music concert performed by New York City’s finest concert artists.

Important, Jewish-themed works by notable American composers:

Leonard Bernstein, Elie Siegmeister, Michael Alec Rose, Louis Karchin, David Leisner, and Max Stern.

Featuring Michael Alec Rose:
Tree of Life: Fantasy for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
performed by players from the Mannes College of the New School of Music. 


Please contact the CJH Theater Box Office
phone: (917) 606-8200  or, Ticket sales: 212.868.4444 
email: boxoffice@cjh.org
Center for Jewish History • 15 West 16th Street • New York, NY 10011

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June 11, 2009

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Piano Festival: Evening concert

The Periodic Table: Chamber Concerto for piano and eight players
         Aaron Shorr, pianist (Head of Keyboards, RSAMD)




Thursday 11 June

Governors’ Recital Prize for Piano

Academy Concert Hall / 3.00pm / Free
Pre-Concert Talk
with Michael Alec Rose
and Vera Stanojevic
Academy Concert Hall / 6.45pm / Free with concert ticket
Evening Concert
Vera Stanojevic Voyages for Solo Piano
Michael Alec Rose Chamber Concerto for Piano and Ensemble: The Periodic Table
Anto Pett and Anne-Liis Poll Improvised Chamber Concerto for Piano, Ensemble and Voice
Academy Concert Hall / 7.30pm / £9 (£6)

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Recent appearances

May 31, 2009

Wilton’s Music Hall, London

World Premiere: Everything Under the Sun: Four Seasons for Two Violins (2009)

Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin
Miahilo Trandafilovsky, violin


Modern Pastoral?
5:30pm – Pre-concert talk – Intimate Voices
6:00pm – Concert  

Edward Elgar-Piano Quintet Op 84 (1918-9)

Jean Sibelius-Quartet Op 56 ‘Voces Intimae’ (1909)

Maurice Ravel-Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-2)

Plus: World Premiere

Michael Alec Rose – ‘Everything under the Sun: 4 seasons for 2 violins’ (2009)


Three master pieces, written in the years around the apocalypse of the ‘Great War’.

The Kreutzers are delighted to welcome back David Owen Norris, one of Britain’s greatest musicians and communicators. David is the authority on Elgar’s piano writing; here he plays Elgar’s astonishing Quintet,
begun at the end of the War.

Nashville-based Michael Alec Rose is well known to Wilton’s audiences: this is the second new work that he has composed with the theatre’s beautiful acoustic and atmosphere in mind.

Tickets: £10
Box Office: 02077029555





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April 5, 2009

Lecture: “One Day University” program
Rye Brook, NY
Doral Arrowwood Conference Resort

Music: Beethoven, The Beatles & Shakespeare—Hearing the Connections