“Thanks to Bruce Adolphe, we’ve all learned a thing or two about listening, and about musical thinking.” — Fred Child
“Bruce Adolphe is known worldwide as a composer, but he is — above all — impossible to categorize.” — David Shifrin
"I Will Not Remain Silent is a fantastic, extremely passionate, lyrical concerto… The piece is really like a historical journey, a terrific piece.” — Daniel Hope
Jaime Martin | Bruce Adolphe | Daniel Hope
Philharmonie Essen/Sven Lorenz
"Bruce Adolphe is one of the most creative, spontaneous, and captivating composer/performers in the Classical scene!" — Mike Block
Mike Block | Steve Wilson | Bruce Adolphe | Shane Shanahan
Secrets of Creativity: What Neuroscience, the Arts, and Our Minds Reveal, to be published by Oxford University Press on September 23, 2019 has a chapter by Bruce Adolphe called The Musical Imagination: Mystery and Method in Musical Composition. Here is a link to OUP: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/secrets-of-creativity-9780190462321?lang=en&cc=us
San Francisco Classical Voice published an article called Bruce Adolphe on Composing, Creativity, and His Opera-Singing Parrot: https://www.sfcv.org/events-calendar/artist-spotlight/bruce-adolphe-on-composing-creativity-and-his-opera-singing-parrot?fbclid=IwAR1eAPi2dVhA2dQYzAWhCzppqK2tUwWwy3qgMvdzR6EW9MTjKEOqw3kxjLk
Are there not a thousand forms of sorrow for string quintet, commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will get its New York premiere on October 27, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York: https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/events/upcoming/schuberts-cello-quintet-october-27-2019/
I too Bleed, and Hope for Beauty, inspired by the life of Alma Rosé, for chamber orchestra, will be premiered by ROCO (River Oaks Chamber Orchestra) in Houston, Texas, November 15: https://roco.org/performances/roco-in-concert-hope-for-beauty/
Coiled, based on Beethoven’s Opus 95 (Serioso) quartet, will be premiered by the Brentano String Quartet this season: https://www.davidroweartists.com/brentano-repertoire-2019-20
Bruce is currently composing a piece for the 50th anniversary of the Da Capo Chamber Players in 2021. The work will be musical portrait/tributes in memory of Nicholas Maw, Milton Babbitt, David Golub, George Perle, and Laura Flax.
Bruce narrated Peter and the Wolf and also his own text for Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra, at Bravo! Vail Music Festival, July 6th, 2019. Conducted by Stéphane Denève.
The South African premiere of Bruce’s Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto took place in Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival featuring Metropolitan Opera principal trombonist Weston Sprott in July, 2019.
Featured Composition: Einstein’s Light
Einstein’s Light tells the story of Einstein as a devoted violinist who particularly loved the music of Mozart and Bach. Each of the five movements (Einstein’s Light; Struggle and Breakthrough; Einstein’s Sarabande: The Loneliness of Genius; Bending of Spacetime; Harmonic Mind) is based on music by Mozart or Bach, and then spins off into a physics-inspired “thought experiment” where the music bends, stretches, floats, and and performs other spooky actions. Einstein’s Light was recorded by violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Marija Stroke on Sony Classical.
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“With the clarity, knowledge, and joy in communicating that characterizes his lectures, Bruce Adolphe discusses music in accessible terms…” — Antonio Damasio
Bruce Adolphe | Antonio Damasio | Yo-Yo Ma
“Only Bruce Adolphe could have created such fascinating and brilliant puzzlers, filled with humor and wit — sheer genius.” — Anne-Marie McDermott
Carlo Grante | Bruce Adolphe