Bruce Adolphe

Nationally known for his weekly Piano Puzzlers on public radio’s Performance Today (celebrating 15 years on air in 2017), Bruce Adolphe is a renowned composer whose music is performed throughout the world, the author of several books on music, an innovative educator, and a versatile performer. His multifaceted career in music is obvious from the positions he holds concurrently: resident lecturer and director of family concerts for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York; composer-in-residence at the Brain and Creativity Institute, LA; founding creative director of The Learning Maestros education company; and artistic director of Off the Hook Arts Festival, Colorado. Bruce has been a commentator on Live from Lincoln Center television, a frequent lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and composer-in-residence at music festivals and educational institutions around the U.S. Bruce’s music has been performed by renowned artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Daniel Hope, Fabio Luisi, Jeffrey Kahane, the Brentano String Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, members of the Silk Road Ensemble, the Washington National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Zürich Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Human Rights Orchestra of Europe, and over 60 major symphony orchestras around the world. Recent recordings include Einstein’s Light on Sony Classical, featuring Joshua Bell and Marija Stroke and Chopin Dreams on Naxos American Masters, featuring the Italian pianist Carlo Grante. Some career highlights include: Itzhak Perlman’s world premiere performances of Adolphe’s solo violin music at The Kennedy Center and Avery Fisher Hall; Yo-Yo Ma playing the world premiere of Self Comes to Mind, a work based on a text written for the project by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, at the American Museum of Natural History; violinist Daniel Hope performing the violin concerto I Will Not Remain Silent with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Kahane and then with the Philharmonie Essen in Germany conducted by Jaime Martin, both in 2017; Joshua Bell performing the world premiere of Einstein’s Light with pianist Marija Stroke at UNESCO in Paris as the finale of the United Nations Year of Light ceremony, 2015; the Washington National Opera performances of Let Freedom Sing: the story of Marian Anderson (libretto by Carolivia Herron); an evening of Adolphe works at The Kennedy Center; two full-length operas on Jewish subjects with libretti by Mel Gordon at The 92nd Street Y (Mikhoels the Wise and The False Messiah); nine world premieres at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Adolphe is the author of three books on music: The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press); What to Listen for in the World (Limelight); and Of Mozart, Parrots, and Cherry Blossoms in the Wind: a composer explores mysteries of the musical mind (Limelight.) Adolphe is a contributor to the forthcoming OUP book Secrets of Creativity. Bruce’s opera-and-jazz-singing parrot, Polly Rhythm, has been featured on public radio and loves to bite up songbooks and piano music, as well as chamber and orchestral scores of works from every era.



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