Congratulations to Gil Rose, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music, part of Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, and Design. Gil Rose is Founder and Conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), which has just been named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. Under Maestro Rose’s baton, the orchestra has already won ASCAP’s Award for Adventuresome Programming eleven times, has presented over 100 world premieres, and has made fifty recordings, a number of them regarded by critics as historic (e.g., the complete symphonies of Lukas Foss and the complete orchestral works of Irving Fine).
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project celebrates its 20th anniversary season this year. Known by its friends and admirers as BMOP (pronounced BEE-mop), it was founded in 1996 by conductor Gil Rose, still the Project’s artistic director, as a flexible freelance ensemble devoted to music of the 20th- and 21st centuries, mostly but not exclusively American. The orchestra to date has presented more than 100 premieres, as well as 50 esteemed recordings, the majority issued on its house CD label, BMOP/sound, launched in 2008. In its two decades, it has accumulated a growing number of awards, including 11 ASCAP awards for adventurous orchestral programming. Its distinctively designed CDs include music by the late Gunther Schuller, the first recordings of Lukas Foss’s complete symphonies, the complete orchestral works of the forgotten, masterful Irving Fine, and Andrew Norman’s Play, judged by some critics to be the first major orchestral work of the 21st century.