Bruce Adolphe

Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Programs

Bruce Adolphe Photo credit: Yumiko Izu

Composer Bruce Adolphe has written music for many renowned musicians and ensembles, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, the Brentano String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His opera Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, with a libretto by Carolivia Herron, was premiered in 2009 by the Washington National Opera, which performed it again in March 2011. His Self Comes to Mind, written with neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, premiered at the American Museum of Natural History in 2009, featuring Yo-Yo Ma.  Of Art and Onions: Homage to Bronzino, which he composed for the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, was premiered in 2010 at the Met Museum and received its European premiere at the Teatro Goldoni in Florence. Bruce's Reach Out, Raise Hope, Change Society for chorus and chamber ensemble — a work about civil rights and social justice commissioned for the 90th anniversary of the University of Michigan's School of Social Work — premiered in November 2011.   In addition to composing, he holds several positions concurrently: founder and director of the Meet the Music! family concert series and resident lecturer at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, keyboard quiz-master on public radio’s weekly Piano Puzzler on Performance Today, and founder and creative director of The Learning Maestros. The author of three books on music, Mr. Adolphe has taught at Yale, The Juilliard School, and New York University, and was recently appointed composer-in-residence and advisor in music research at the Brain and Creativity Institute in Los Angeles.