Glen Roven, four-time Emmy Award winner, is a composer, lyricist, conductor, pianist, translator and CD Producer. He created and is the Artistic Director of RovenRecords. He composed "The Hillary Speeches," (www.thehillaryspeeches.com) a setting of Mrs. Clinton’s speeches performed by opera stars Lawrence Brownlee, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn, Matthew Polenzani and 26 others which aired around the world on January 20, 2017 at noon.
Current projects include a world premier performance of his Second Symphony at Geffen Hall (April 13, 2018), a new song cycle premiering at Carnegie Hall (May 22, 2018) and the release of SPECTRUM, a collection of his music composed over the last ten years. He produced "Hopes and Dreams" a CD with Universal and Carnegie Hall based on their Lullaby Project with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Natalie Merchant, Diane Reeves, Patti LuPone, Joyce DiDonato, Fiona Apple, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Merchant, Dianne Reeves, and more: the CD hit Number 1 on both the Amazon Classical Chart and Pop Chart. He was also hired to create the core Poetry curriculum for the entire public school system in the US K-6, in English as well as Spanish in association with Benchmark Publishing. He is returning to popular music working on a new movie-musical for Dolly Parton on Netflix. Last season saw the premier of his "Goodnight Moon" by the National Chorale at Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center, and the feature film Humor Me. He just completed, a new symphony "Symphony of Songs", a new opera, Addressee Unknown, a new Broadway Musical, World War Me, producing an all-Verdi aria CD for Hui He and SONY, recorded live in Verona.
Bass-Baritones Daniel Okulitch and Mark Stone, in addition to Mezzo Isabel Leonard, have performed his work in recital at Carnegie Hall, with Okulitch repeating the recital in Santa Fe. Roven made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting his Violin Concerto based on The Runaway Bunny, with Glenn Close and the American Symphony Orchestra; Catherine Zeta-Jones recorded the Piano Trio Version. He also recorded the piece with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Brooke Shields for Sony/BMG. On Mother’s Day 2015, 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 piece at Alice Tully Hall, Kimmel Center, and all over the country. His 36 Song Cycles and Art Songs (billholabmusic.com) 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, Charles Castronovo and Kathleen Battle and was chosen to conduct four Presidential Inaugural Concerts, as well as America’s Millennium Celebration, produced by Steven Spielberg.
He co-produced An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope, an all-star CD benefiting amfAR featuring Joyce DiDonato, Jamie Barton, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Susanne Phillips Yo-Yo Ma, Ansel Elgort, Sharon Stone and more; In addition to appearing hundreds of times on television, he has written songs for, conducted and produced for Julie Andrews, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Leon Fleisher, Kenny G., Whitney Houston, Dick Hyman, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kermit the Frog, Patti LaBelle, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, TRAIN and many others. He conducted Frank Sinatra’s last concert on television and Sammy Davis’s final television appearance.
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. 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 a one night gala at the Shaftesbury Theater in London.
He won his first Emmy for the 1986 Tony Awards Show. He began his TV career working for Alexander H. Cohen, contributing to 4 Tony Shows, 2 Emmys, Happy Birthday, Hollywood (co-produced with Jack Haley, Jr.), The Placido Domingo Special, NBC's 60th Anniversary Special, all three Night of 100 Stars to name a few. For George Schlatter, he won his forth Emmy for SINATRA; 80 Years, His Way; also for Schlatter, he has written and conducted The Sammy Davis 60th Anniversary Tribute, The Richard Pryor Tribute, The Muhammad Ali Tribute, Welcome Home America, The Meaning of Life, The American Television Awards, The Comedy Hall of Fame, SHE-TV (with Carsey-Werner) and the annual American Comedy Awards, The AFI Tribute to Harrison Ford, among others. For Don Mischer, he has conducted the Kennedy Center Honors, the Prime Time Emmys, Bravo’s Tribute to John Travolta and Bravo’s Tribute to Ron Howard, plus the last five AFI Tributes. For Disney Television, he wrote and conceived the musical numbers for the ANIMAL KINGDOM THEME PARK OPENING SPECIAL, MGM/DISNEY Studio Grand Opening, The Grand Opening of Euro/Disney, The Best of Disney’s Music, Disney’s Greatest Hits on Ice (produced by Steve Binder), The Nancy Kerrigan Special, Disney’s Champions on Ice, Melinda, The First Lady of Magic (produced by Steve Binder), Incredible Animal Tales, plus Michelle Kwan’s Ice Special (Steve Binder). Other credits include: The last 10 AFI Tributes, NBC’s CLAY AIKEN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, with Aiken, Barry Manilow, Megan Mullaley & Yolanda Adams; AFI Tribute to George Lucas; The Presidential Gala at Ford’s Theatre, Leonard Bernstein's 60th Birthday Tribute, We Interrupt This Week, The Ed Sullivan Christmas Special, Elizabeth Taylor’s 60th Birthday Celebration plus many others. He composed all the songs for the Comedy Central Series/RikMil Production, VIVA VARIETY (Emmy Nomination Best Theme).
In the corporate world, he routinely does all the music for Steve Wynn and for all of Michael Milken's charitable foundations including his Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, his Faster Cures Foundation and for Milken, he created a band of the greatest doctors in the country including Francis Collins, head of the NIH and turned them into the performing sensation, Rock Docs. He was co-executive produce of the Boathouse Venue at the Inaugural season of Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts.
He has contributed to the book Games We Played, published by Simon and Schuster and the London and New York City editions of City Secrets. He regularly writes about the arts for the New York Times, the LA Review of Books, Broadwayworld.com and has a column in the Huffington Post.
He is on the board of the Phoenix Concert Series which specializes in commissioning new works. He has lectured and given master classes at The Jerusalem University, New York University, University of Kentucky, University of Texas (Corpus Christi) Central Michigan University, Syracuse University and others.