Rich DeRosa possesses the rare gift of attention to intimate musical details with the understanding and ability to express the overall concept. His natural ability to convey his musical ideas inspires all levels of musicians. His extensive experience as a conductor in concert and in the recording studio allows him to step with ease in front of both jazz and classical musicians, instrumentalists and vocalists, professionals and amateurs. He served as the chief conductor for the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany, from 2014-2016.

“I am really delighted that the conductor and arranger Rich DeRosa will be taking over the position of chief conductor of the WDR Big Band as of the 2014/15 season. DeRosa writes for the great figures of jazz and his orchestra work is outstanding. His stylistic diversity reflects his wide view of music. This corresponds exactly with the orientation which we pursue with the WDR Big Band,” says WDR Radio Director Wolfgang Schmitz. (PRNewswire, Sept 9, 2013)

Conducting the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Conducting Joey Alexander with Strings.