American conductor Gil Rose has been a passionate advocate for new music, particularly by American composers, and he has a special interest in modern opera. Rose is best known for founding the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
Born in Pittsburgh, Rose studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Mellon University. Rose founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 1996, a group dedicated to the commissioning, performance, and recording of new works. The orchestra, based in Boston's Jordan Hall, has commissioned more than 20 works and played the world premieres of over 70. After making nearly three dozen recordings for other labels, the orchestra founded its own label, BMOP/sound, in 2008, of which Rose serves as the executive director. He has also conducted the Netherlands Radio Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players.
From 2003-2012, Rose was the artistic director of Opera Boston, a company that performed both standard repertoire and contemporary works. With that group, and with the Opera Unlimited Festival, he led the world premieres of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Madame White Snake by Zhou Long, Toussaint Before the Spirits by Elena Ruehr, and the U.S. premiere of Peter Eötvös' Angels in America, as well as regional premieres of Adès' Powder Her Face, Harbison's Full Moon in March, and Hindemith's Cardillac. In 2013, Rose founded Odyssey Opera, which focuses on staging rarely performed and new operas.
Rose has received several Grammy nominations for recordings with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, including winning the award for Best Opera Recording in 2020 for Tobias Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox. He has conducted the premiere recordings of the works of dozens of the world's most prominent composers, including Louis Andriessen, William Bolcom, Lukas Foss, John Harbison, David Lang, Tod Machover, Steven Mackey, George Rochberg, and Gunther Schuller.