Jeremy Beck composer

“[This] American composer knows the importance of embracing the past while also going his own way. … [In] Beck’s forceful and expressive sound world … the writing is concise in structure and generous in tonal language, savouring both the dramatic and the poetic.”

Donald Rosenberg (Gramophone)

Called “an original voice celebrating music” by MusicWeb International, Jeremy Beck’s music has been described by NewMusicBox as “rhythmically intricate, and mak[ing] nods to the past while sitting squarely in the present. … Though architecturally rigorous, Beck writes clearly and without pretense[.]”

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Beck’s music has been presented by New York City Opera, American Composers Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Center for Contemporary Opera, Peabody Opera, Yale Opera, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, IonSound Project, Pacific Serenades, and the Nevsky String Quartet, among others.

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by moonlight (innova 051)
new CD of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music

“…American composer Jeremy Beck … seems to attach a distinctively individual compositional technique to each and every different instrument or group of instrumental or vocal forces he writes for. …[H]ighlights for me are the Echoes of a Young Poet’s Dream from Dream and Echoes, performed impeccably here by the vocal ensemble The First Readings Project. It’s harmonically rich dissonances pull you into a dark fog that magically lifts once you hear the goosebump inducing final chord. Also admirable are his orchestration skills made apparent in the Three Pieces for Orchestra in which different threads manifest themselves simultaneously and request your attention.”

– Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinel (March 2020)

“Rich rewards abound…[one of] today’s most thoughtful composers”

– George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly (March 2020)

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Rhapsody for violin and orchestra

This work was premiered in Lviv, Ukraine, 5 November 2016. It received its first American performance 11-13 October 2018 by the Louisville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams, conductor, with Robert Simonds, violin