Adolphe’s music is wonderfully evocative. It excites the ear and the mind.
— Chicago Sun Times


Faculty, Juilliard Pre-College Division, composition, theory, solfege. Initiates the Senior Seminar in improvisation and imagination exercises based on theater games. (Results in the book The Mind’s Ear.)


Composes for theater and film companies, including Folger Shakespeare Theater, Washington, DC; La Mama Experimental Theater Club; Bermuda Arts Center; The Acting Company; Harvard Loeb Theater; Center Stage, Baltimore; Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington; Public Theater, New York; Stone Lantern Films; Sarah Bradley Films; Smithsonian World, PBS.


Premiere of one-act opera The Tell-Tale Heart, based on Poe. Libretto by composer. Premiered by the Opera Theater of Boston and New England Conservatories, directed and conducted by John Moriarty.

World premiere of Mikhoels the Wise – The Story of Solomon Mikhoels, a Yiddish Actor in Stalin’s Soviet Union, opera in two acts; Libretto by Mel Gordon. Commissioned by Jewish Opera at the 92nd Street Y, New York. Amy Kaiser, conductor.


World premiere of The False Messiah, the story of Shabtai Zvi, opera in two acts; libretto by Mel Gordon. Commissioned by Jewish Opera at the 92nd Street Y, New York. Amy Kaiser, conductor.


Visiting Lecturer in the Residential Colleges, Yale University


Teaches at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, drama division; instructor in foreign accents and dialects for actors.


Commission and world premiere of Sharehi (Dancing Stories), a dance-theater chamber music piece inspired by Native American tales, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and tour of Southwest.


Joins the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center where he currently serves as Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Concerts


Metropolitan Opera Guild commissions and premieres one-act comic opera for family audiences, The Amazing Adventure of Alvin Allegretto, libretto by Sara Schlessinger, at John Jay Theater, New York.

Bruce initiates MEET THE MUSIC! Family concerts at Alice Tully Hall, becomes director of family concerts for Chamber Music Society.


Itzhak Perlman plays world premiere and recital tour of Bitter, Sour, Salt Suite for solo violin at Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall.


Beaux Arts Trio performs world premiere of Piano Trio No.2 at Metropolitan Museum of Art and on European tour.

What to Listen for in the World, book of poems about music published by Limelight Editions, New York. Art by Vijay Kumar.


Of Mozart, Parrots, and Cherry Blossoms in the Wind: A Composer Explores Mysteries of the Musical Mind published by Limelight Editions, New York.


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra commissions work for family audiences, The Purple Palace, text by Louise Gikow.

Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto commissioned and premiered by Chicago Chamber Musicians for the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History “reveal” of the bones of the giant T.rex

Bruce establishes education company The Learning Maestros with Julian Fifer. The Learning Maestros provides tools to inspire students, teachers, families, and learners of all ages to explore connections among the arts, sciences, the environment, social conscience, and diverse cultures.


Soprano Sylvia McNair and Bruce Adolphe at piano give world premiere in Tully Hall of Adolphe’s A Thousand Years of Love, commissioned by Millennium Consortium/Music Accord, presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


Lecture series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York/Notes and Bolts: How Music Gets Written

Piano Puzzlers introduced at Performance Today


Oceanophony performed at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, commissioned in celebration of their 100th Anniversary, and performed at American Museum of Natural History.


Brentano Quartet tour playing Bruce's music throughout the United States and Europe, including Concertgebow, Library of Congress


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra plays The Purple Palace in Berlin and Tokyo.


Of Mind, Medicine and Music presentation by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and Bruce Adolphe at the University of Southern California.

World premiere and tour of Let Freedom Sing, opera in one act about the life of Marian Anderson, libretto by Carolivia Herron -- commissioned and performed by The Washington National Opera & Washington Performing Arts Society, Atlas Theater, Washington, D.C.

Kennedy Center presents an evening of chamber music by Bruce Adolphe

Yo-Yo Ma plays world premiere of Self Comes to Mind at American Museum of Natural History, New York


World premiere of Dell’arte e delle cipolle: Omaggio al Bronzino (Of Art and Onions: Homage to Bronzino). For five-part chorus (SSATB), harpsichord, vibraphone, viola da gamba; Commissioned by Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy; Premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC by the Antioch Chamber Ensemble. European Premiere at Teatro Goldoni, Florence, produced by Maggio Musicale and Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Italy, by Currende Ensemble, directed by Erik van Nevel.


Bruce co-founds Off the Hook Arts Festival with Jephta Bernstein in Fort Collins, Colorado and serves as Artistic Director.


Oxford University Press publishes second edition of The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination

Bruce presents “The Mind’s Ear: Thinking and Dreaming Music” at the International Neuroscience Conference in San Diego, CA, with Antonio Damasio


Human Rights Orchestra, Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano soloist, conducted by Alessio Allegrini, perform world premiere of orchestra version of Do You Dream in Color? KKL, Lucerne.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano soloist, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor, perform Do You Dream in Color?

The brass section of the Metropolitan Opera commissions and records Santa and Isolde, an 8-minute puzzler/quodlibet of holiday tunes and famous opera arias


Joshua Bell plays world premiere of Einstein’s Light with pianist Marija Stroke at UNESCO, Paris, at the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Since Einstein was a devoted violinist, composer Bruce Adolphe created a score based on Einstein's deep connection to the music of Mozart and Bach. Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell performed the world premiere of music from Bruce Adolphe's score for Einstein's Light yesterday at the United Nations/UNESCO International Year of Light Opening Ceremony in Paris.

Joshua Bell, violinist with Marija Stroke, pianist perform Einstein’s Light at Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies for the Einstein 100th Anniversary of General Relativity Celebration.

World premiere of I Will Not Remain Silent with IRIS Orchestra, Germantown, Tennessee, Sharon Roffman, violin soloist; Michael Stern, conductor.

Ilya Gringolts, violin soloist, Human Rights Orchestra, Alessio Allegrini, conductor, I Will Not Remain Silent, at KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland.


World premiere of Piano Concerto conducted by Fabio Luisi with piano soloist Carlo Grante and the Zürich Philharmonia, Zürich Opera House.


Daniel Hope plays I Will Not Remain Silent with LA Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Kahane

World premiere of Emma and the Blue Baku, one-act opera for children, libretto by James Bradburne, December 17, 2017, at the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milan. Performed by Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado, conducted by Marcello Parolini, directed by Kuniaki Ida, designs by Angelo Lodi.


New York premiere of Thuenpa Puen Zhi (Four Harmonious Friends), Bruce Adolphe with members of Silk Road Ensemble and Steve Wilson, at Princeton University and in Alice Tully Hall for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Daniel Hope plays I Will Not Remain Silent with Essen Philharmonie, Jaime Martin, conductor.


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center premieres "Are there not a thousand forms of sorrow" for string quartet to mark their 50th anniversary.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra premieres "I too Bleed and Hope for Beauty.”


Forthcoming work for Brentano Quartet inspired by Beethoven's Quartet in F minor, Op. 95

Forthcoming work for the Da Capo Chamber Players to mark their 50th anniversary.


Forthcoming work for Dorian Wind Quintet titled "In the Same Breath"