Bruce Adolphe

Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Programs

Bruce Adolphe Photo credit: Yumiko Izu

Resident lecturer and director of family concerts for CMS since 1992, Bruce Adolphe is a composer of international renown, much of whose output addresses science, history, and the struggle for human rights. His works are frequently performed by major artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Fabio Luisi, Joshua Bell, Daniel Hope, Angel Blue, the Brentano String Quartet, the Washington National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Human Rights Orchestra of Europe, and over 60 orchestras worldwide. Among his most performed works are the violin concerto I Will Not Remain Silent, the violin/piano duo Einstein’s Light, and Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto. Also an author and innovative educator, Bruce Adolphe has spent decades helping people to hear and enjoy music in extraordinary ways. He is the author of several books, including The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Listeners and Composers (3rd ed., 2021) and the chapter on composing in Secrets of Creativity: What Neuroscience, the Arts, and Our Minds Reveal (2019). Widely known for his weekly Piano Puzzler segment on American Public Media’s Performance Today, which has been broadcast since 2002, Mr. Adolphe is also the artistic director of the Off the Hook Arts Festival in Colorado, for which he brings scientists, visual artists, filmmakers, writers, and musicians together. He has been a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, visiting lecturer in the residential colleges at Yale, composer-in-residence and visiting scholar at the Brain and Creativity Institute in Los Angeles, distinguished composer-in-residence at the Mannes College of Music, and on faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Juilliard School.

Upcoming Appearances

Inspector Pulse: Can Music Tell a Story?

Alice Tully Hall, October 23rd, 2:00PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Coleridge-Taylor’s Piano Quintet in G minor

ChamberMusicSociety.org, October 26th, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Coleridge-Taylor’s Piano Quintet in G minor

Rose Studio at CMS, October 26th, 6:30PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor

ChamberMusicSociety.org, November 2nd, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor

Rose Studio at CMS, November 2nd, 6:30PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor

ChamberMusicSociety.org, November 9th, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Beach’s Piano Quintet in F-sharp minor

Rose Studio at CMS, November 9th, 6:30PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6

ChamberMusicSociety.org, November 16th, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6

Rose Studio at CMS, November 16th, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major, Op. 135

Rose Studio at CMS, February 1st, 6:30PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E major

ChamberMusicSociety.org, February 8th, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E major

Rose Studio at CMS, February 8th, 6:30PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Brahms’s Piano Trio in C major

ChamberMusicSociety.org, February 22nd, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Brahms’s Piano Trio in C major

Rose Studio at CMS, February 22nd, 6:30PM

Digital: Inside Chamber Music: Dvořák’s String Quartet in A-flat major

ChamberMusicSociety.org, March 1st, 6:30PM

Inside Chamber Music: Dvořák’s String Quartet in A-flat major

Rose Studio at CMS, March 1st, 6:30PM

Inspector Pulse Discovers Dissonance!

Alice Tully Hall, March 12th, 2:00PM

Inspector Pulse Asks "What's the Big Idea?"

Alice Tully Hall, April 16th, 2:00PM