Glen Roven is a two-time Emmy winning composer, lyricist, conductor and producer. One of his notable compositions include a violin concerto based on the children's book The Runaway Bunny which was recorded by Sony narrated by Brooke Shields and recorded by GPRrecords narrated by Catherine Zeta-Jones. Another notable composition is "Goodnight Moon, An Aria for Singer and Orchestra" which Lauren Flanigan performed in Central Park May 9, 2010 for an audience of 10,000. It was subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Kimmel Center. He is the Artist Director of Roven Records. He conceived and produced "Poetic License 100 Poems/100 Performers" where artists such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Patti LuPone, Jason Alexander, Cynthia Nixon, etc. perform their favorite poem. This musical The 5000 Fingers of Doctor T (music and lyrics Roven, book by Maria S. Schlatter) is now fast-tracked for Broadway after a long gestation period.
While in high school, Roven worked as a rehearsal pianist for Pippin. After graduation, he attended Columbia University and worked on the New York productions of Very Good Eddie, The Madwoman of CPW, Really Rosie, A Party with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, She Loves Me, and Woman of the Year.
At 19, Roven was the original musical director of Sugar Babies on Broadway starring Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney.
He arranged Patti LuPone’s one woman Broadway show and was the co-musical supervisor for Liza Minnelli's, Stepping Out, at Radio City Music Hall. He was a contributing composer for the Off-Broadway hit, A... My Name Is Alice, and wrote the scores for John Guare's Lydie Breeze, directed by Louis Malle, and Gardenia, directed by Karel Reisz. He also composed the scores for Larry Gelbart's Mastergate, and Christopher Isherwood's A Meeting by the River, on Broadway, and Got to Get Away.
His musical, Heart's Desire, premiered at the Cleveland Play House. It was performed subsequently for one night at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West end directed by Simon Callow.
On May 28, 2008, Norman's Ark opened the Los Angeles New Musical Festival and was directed by Peter Schneider and produced by Maria S. Schlatter.
English Baritone Mark Stone recently performed an entire evening of Roven's Concert music at Carnegie Hall with Roven at the piano.
He conducted President Bill Clinton's two inaugural concerts as well as President George W. Bush's two inaugural concerts. He also conducted and arranged Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.'s last TV appearances. He also conducted the TV Specials, Night of 100 Stars, Night of 100 Stars II, and Night of 100 Stars III.
He made his Israeli conducting debut in 2001 conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted the National Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the IKO, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Radio Luxembourg Orchestra.
Roven has also arranged and conducted for Julie Andrews, Jason Alexander, Anita Baker, Kathleen Battle, Michael Bolton, Bono, Brooks and Dunn, Ray Charles, Charlotte Church, Natalie Cole, Placido Domingo, Ella Fitzgerald, Renee Flemming, Aretha Franklin, Kenny G., Denyce Graves, Goldie Hawn, Scott Hamilton, Gregory Hines, Bob Hope, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jane Krakowski, Kermit the Frog, Patti LaBelle, Brian McKnight, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Diana Ross, Lily Tomlin, Shirley MacLaine, Luther Vandross, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Trisha Yearwood.
As a CD producer, Roven produced (for GPRrecords) : Jason Alexander, Christine Baranski, Thomas Bagwell, Jamie Barton, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Charles Castronovo, Tom Cipullo, Alan Cumming, Tyne Daly, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Douglas, Nathan Gunn, Lauren Flanigan, Leon Fleisher, Andrew Garland, David Garrison, Joanna Gleason, Ricky Ian Gordon, Joel Grey, Daron Hagen, Dick Hyman, Jake Heggie, Florence Henderson, Rob Kapilow, Barry Humphries, Isabel Leonard, Lowell Liebermann, Wynton Marsalis, Jorge Martin, Susanne Mentzer, Patti LuPone, Gilda Lyons, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Daniel Okulitch, Chris Parker, Patricia Racette, Chris Sarandon, Paul Shaffer, William Schimmel, Noah Stewart, Paulo Szot, Talise Trevigne, Kathleen Turner, Catherine Zeta-Jones and many others.
As a translator, Roven has translated all three DaPonte/Mozart Operas: Figaro, Cosi and Don Giovanni. He translated Mahler's Ruckert Lieder, Songs of a Wayfarer, Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn. He has also translated Schubert's Wintereisse and all of Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook.
For children, Roven produced the Sharon, Lois & Bram album, Candles, Snow and Mistletoe (1993), which was also at the Palace Theatre, New York. He also wrote the theme the 1990 television series The Baby-Sitters Club.
Roven served as a contributing author to the books Games We Play, published by Simon & Schuster, and City Secrets. He has written articles for The New York Times, The LA Review of Books, Broadwayworld.com and many more.
Roven also appeared as the News Theme Writer in James L. Brooks's Broadcast News.