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Glen Roven




Glen Roven, four-time Emmy Award winner, is a composer, lyricist, conductor, pianist, translator and CD Producer. He made his third Carnegie Hall appearance this March appearing with Bass-Baritone Daniel Okulitch who sang his concert music. The concert was also reprised in Santa Fe at the Opera. Roven made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Violin Concerto based on The Runaway Bunny, with Glenn Close and the American Symphony Orchestra and Catherine Zeta-Jones just recorded the Piano Trio Version. He also recorded the piece with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brooke Shields for Sony/BMG. Baritone Mark Stone performed an entire evening of Roven’s concert music also at Carnegie Hall March 2010. This past Mother’s Day, Soprano Lauren Flanigan debuted his Goodnight Moon, A Lullaby for Soprano and Orchestra, at a free concert in Central Park for 10,000 and has subsequently performed the Aria at Alice Tully Hall, Kimmel Center, and all over the country. His Ten Song Cycles and Art Songs are routinely performed all around in the world. He has conducted the National Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Munich Philharmonic, The Radio Luxembourg Orchestra, as well as many others, and made his Israeli conducting debut in 2001 conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in two sold-out concerts honoring Leonard Bernstein. He has conducted for Renee Fleming, Placido Domingo, Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle and was chosen to conduct four Presidential Inaugural Concerts, as well as America’s Millennium Celebration, produced by Steven Spielberg.

As Founding Partner and Artistic Director of GPRrecords, he conceived and produced Poetic License/ 100 Poems 100 Performers where performers including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Patti LuPone, Jason Alexander, Cynthia Nixon, Florence Henderson, among others, read their favorite poem; this album has become the best selling Poetry album of all time. Current and future GPRreords project include the afore mentioned Runaway Bunny (with Michael Douglas narrating Poulenc’s Babar) and solo albums for Patricia Racette, Charles Castronovo, Luca Pisaroni, Paulo Szot, Ramon Vargos, Lauren Flanigan, Daniel Okulitch, Jonathan Beyer, Talise Trevigne (the last four all include Roven’s art songs), the Five Boroughs Song Book, an album of Opera Arias by William Bolcolm and Jake Heggie and many other. Their last two albums placed Numbers 12 and 13 respectively and Number 3 on the Amazon best seller list. GPRrecords is distributed world wide by Naxos. In addition to appearing hundreds of times on television, he has written songs for, conducted and produced for Julie Andrews, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G., Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kermit the Frog, Patti LaBelle, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and many others. He conducted Frank Sinatra’s last concert on television and Sammy Davis’s final television appearance. In the corporate world, he routinely does all the music for Steve Wynn and Michael Milken projects.

He began his Broadway career as a rehearsal pianist for Pippin while still in high school, and at nineteen was the musical director of Sugar Babies on Broadway. He also wrote the scores for John Guare’s, Lydie Breeze and Gardenia, Christopher Isherwood’s A Meeting By the River and Larry Gelbart’s Mastergate, plus was a contributing composer to A…My Name is Alice. He is a contributing author to Games We Played, a collection of essays published by Simon and Schuster. He has two Broadway Musicals in “development”, Dr. Seuss’ The 5000 Fingers of Doctor T and Pandora’s Box, with Maria S. Schlatter. His musical Norman’s Ark, played the Ford Theater in LA, directed by Peter Schneider with a cast of 200. His first musical, Heart’s Desire, written with Armistead Maupin, played the Cleveland Playhouse and the Shaftesbury Theater in London. A translator of note, he recently published his English version of all of Mahler’s song cycles, Schubert’s Winterreise, Mozart’s Figaro, Cosi, and Don Giovanni and Wolf’s Italian Songbook.


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GPRrecords, owned by Glen Roven (A&R), Peter Fitzgerald (CEO) and Richard Cohen (CFO,) has in a very short time become one of the most sought after and prestigious Independent Labels in the United States. They routinely place CDs on the Billboard Top 20 lists and in the Amazon Top 10.  Concentrating in Classical Music, Broadway Music, Children’s Music and the Spoken Word, its roster of artists reads like a who’s who of American entertainment: Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Thomas Bagwell, Lisa Bielawa, Jonathan Beyer, Jesse Blumberg, Zoe Caldwell, Ann Hampton Callaway, Charles Castronovo, Tom Cipullo, Alan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Geraint Wyn Davis, Michael Douglas, Lauren Flanigan, Andrew Garland, David Garrison, Joanna Gleason, Ricky Ian Gordon, Joel Grey, Gary Haase, Daron Hagen, Dick Hyman, Jake Heggie, Florence Henderson, Barry Humphries, Gabriel Kahane, Lowell Liebermann, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LuPone, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Daniel Okulitch, Chris Parker, Luca Pisaroni,  Patricia Racette, Chris Sarandon, Paul Shaeffer, William Schimmel, Paulo Szot, The Runaway Bunny, Talise Trevigne, Kathleen Turner, Ramón Vargas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. GPRrecords is distributed exclusively by Naxos Records. For the complete CD library, please go to: www.gprrecords.com








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