IAN KROUSE (b 1956 )
American composer Ian Krouse has been lauded in the music press and is widely known for his pioneering efforts in the development of the guitar quartet. Over the past few years Krouse’s vocal works have begun to receive more attention. In the lead up to the premiere of the Armenian Requiem in 2015, the Lark Musical Society commissioned two works on Armenian texts: Nocturnes for baritone and string quintet, and Fire of Sacrifice for soprano and chorus.
Other vocal works include the song cycles Cantar de los cantares and Invocation, and the earlier Cinco canciones insólitas. In 2010 Krouse’s a cappella setting of Walt Whitman’s Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking received its premiere performance under the direction of the work’s dedicatee, conductor Robert Porco.
In addition to hundreds of performances annually by guitarists and guitar quartets all around the world, Krouse’s works have been performed or recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ukraine Radio and Television Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the UCLA Philharmonia, the USC Symphony, the Mexico City and Pasadena Chamber Orchestras, the Aureole Trio, Dinosaur Annex, the 20th Century Consort, the Debussy Trio, Pacific Serenades, the Dilijan Ensemble, the May Festival Choir, and the Los Angeles Chamber Singers, to name a few.
Krouse is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and his works have been released on the Chandos, Delos, Naxos and Urtext Digital Classics labels, among others.
He is a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California where he currently serves, in addition to his teaching responsibilities as an Academic Associate Dean for the Herb Alpert School of Music.