Stewart Rose, horn
Stewart Rose, French Horn player, is a native of New York City. He first joined the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble in 1983. He has performed as soloist with both groups on numerous occasions and recently released to great critical acclaim, his first solo CD From the Forest. This collection of early Classical works for Horn and Orchestra by Haydn, Telemann, Leopold Mozart and Christoph Förster with the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, is now available on iTunes, Rhapsody and eMusic. (search: stewart rose from the forest.)
Mr. Rose is also Principal Horn with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Opera Orchestra. In recent seasons he has performed as Guest Principal Horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Ensemble Wein-Berlin and the Met Chamber Ensemble with James Levine. Other recent performances include appearances at the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Mostly Mozart, Spoleto, Edinburgh, Eastern Shore and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festivals.
Stewart Rose has made over 100 recordings of the chamber music and orchestral literature for BMG, Sony Classical, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Music Masters. Recent releases include his appearance as first horn on the New York Philharmonic's DG release of “Harold in Italy” with Lorin Maazel; Renee Fleming sings “Bel Canto” with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and in works for wind ensemble by Beethoven, Mozart, Pleyel, and Rossini with Mozzafiato on Sony Classical. In the studio Rose has recorded with Paul Simon, Pat Metheny, Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne, Grover Washington, John Faddis, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Aerosmith, Metallica, Philip Glass and Ennio Morricone.
He has also appeared on numerous “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcasts with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the New York City Opera, and is a frequent guest with the “CBS Late Show” Orchestra.
The New York Times critic John Rockwell has noted Stewart Rose for his “remarkable virtuosity, agility and fluency, and his ability to retain the horn's cheery rusticity.” Buffalo Globe critic Herman Trotter said of From the Forest: “This is a recording to be treasured, not only by horn players but by average music lovers searching for new frontiers of musical excellence.”
“Stewart Rose displayed a mastery over his instrument. And talk about exposed, and high, too! The hornist really has to walk a tightrope in the (Britten) Serenade. And Mr. Rose was never in danger of falling off. Indeed, he could cavort and pirouette on it… he was confident, stylish, and altogether musical. The instrument is so hard, sometimes a player can't worry about being musical.”
—New York Sun, Feb. 8, 2007
“Stewart Rose's horn solos were eloquent and sure. The instrument can play dirty tricks on the best of performers but was on its best behavior here.”
—The New York Times, Feb. 8, 2007
“...forceful yet elegant virtuosity of Stewart Rose.”
—The New Yorker, February 2007
Photo credit Paul Goode