Gil Rose



"Gil Rose's conducting is clear and unfussy, pulling the busy elements together precisely, for all the rhythmic energy and complexity." -Steven Ledbetter, July 21 2015

"Conductor Gil Rose drew a consistently passionate and luminous sound from his orchestra … I was impressed once again by his versatility."
-The Hub Review on Four Saints in Three Acts, November 24, 2013

"Still, this performance was as stunning as the music. Under Rose, the unflagging orchestra poured out voluminous and crystalline sound."
-Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix on The Midsummer Marriage, November 15, 2012

"Rose and the orchestra pumped those colors up to almost overwhelming effect – a wall of brawny, gleaming sound."
-Matthew Guerrieri, Musical America on The Midsummer Marriage, November 13, 2012

"Rose next led one of the best live performances I’ve ever heard of one of the 20th century’s most sublime ballet scores."
-Lloyd Schwartz, The Boston Phoenix on Apollo’s Fire, May 30, 2012

"BMOP’s artistic director Gil Rose deftly conducted the eclectic program with his customary avant-garde calm."
-Harlow Robinson, The Boston Globe on Strange Bedfellows, January 30, 2012

"BMOP's performance left the audience in a stunned silence that broke into violent applause."
-Sudeep Agarwala, The Tech on Strings Attached, March 19, 2010

"The work was delivered by Rose and the ensemble with enthusiastic, almost wild exuberance … the ending was sensational."
-Tom Schnauber, Boston Music Intelligencer on Band in Boston, January 24, 2010

“Artistic Director Gil Rose, presented with Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Conductor’s Award prior to the concert, led notably crisp, articulate performances; the ensemble’s lean clarity ideally matched each divergent course.”
-Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe on Boston ConNECtion, January 29, 2008

“BMOP, under Gil Rose, gave the kind of vital, secure performances we have come almost to take for granted. May they remain glorious and subversive for years to come.”
-David Weininger, The Boston Globe on Re-Inventions, November 6, 2007

"...sculpted with conductor Gil Rose’s characteristic verve and clarity."
-Kevin Lowenthal, The Boston Globe on Season Opening, November 7, 2006

"When the music finally stopped, the audience brought Gil Rose out for three curtain calls - deservedly so."
-Galen Brown, Sequenza 21 on Minimalism, February 20, 2005

"Gil Rose led his excellent ensemble with unmistakable skill, featuring a meticulous ear for balance and detail."
-David Cleary, New Music Connoisseur on Boston ConNECtion, January 2005

"The Boston Symphony Chamber Players, led by conductor Gil Rose, delivered a positively glowing rendition of Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll."
-Ted Medrek, The Boston Herald, August 4, 2004

"BMOP founder and artistic director Gil Rose has a genius for programming … all the performances were first-rate, and Rose leads every piece as if it were his favorite."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Next, May 26, 2004
"BMOP Music Director Gil Rose - who in less than a decade here has become one of the most important musicians in this city - led his marvelous orchestra..."
-Ted Medrek, The Boston Herald on Next, May 23, 2004

"Gil Rose never met a score he couldn't tame."
-Keith Powers, The Boston Herald on Boston ConNECtion, January 18, 2004

"If there were a classical music man of the month, November would surely belong to conductor Gil Rose. Indeed, sometimes it’s hard to imagine how Boston music existed before Rose arrived in town."
-T.J. Medrek, The Boston Herald on Ulysses, November 14, 2003
"Rose's BMOP concert during the convention of the American Symphony Orchestra League last May blew the socks off the jaded delegates."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, October 6, 2000

"The concert by Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on Saturday morning was sensational; a member of a panel afterward said it may have been the best single concert he had ever heard."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Musically Speaking, June 23, 2000

"Mr. Rose and his team filled the music with rich, decisive ensemble colors and magnificent solos. In scores whose dominant expressive position is one of rapture, these musicians were rapturous."
-Paul Griffiths, The New York Times on Canti Trilogy, March 30, 2000

"Music director Gil Rose is some kind of genius; his concerts are wildly entertaining, intellectually rigorous, and meaningful. He combines a fanatical attention to detail with a hang-loose insouciance that sets the tone for the entire orchestra. With him and the band, music is a liberated living thing, dancing off the page and outside the box."
-Susan Larson, The Boston Globe on Take Five, October 11, 1999

"Rose, an incisive and forthright conductor."
-Donald Rosenberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Sounds of the Near East, April 21, 1999

"What makes the artistic success of this ensemble even more remarkable is that its artistic director, conductor Gil Rose, remains a stout traditionalist, believing that concerts should be enjoyable as well as instructive."
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe on Wire & Wood, January 30, 1998

" director Gil Rose, a no-nonsense conductor who eschews conductorial choreography in favor of plain competence. He knows the music cold, and never turns his attention from the orchestra. The orchestra, in turn, plays extremely well."
-Michael Manning, The Boston Globe on Boston Uncommon, November 5, 1996

"...a gifted music director, Gil Rose. In an ambitious evening Thursday, he proved that his music-making is as lively as his programming ideas."
-Ellen Pfeifer, The Boston Herald on An American Retrospective, April 12, 1996