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.


Four Preludes
Jessica Litwiniec Dorman, piano
2019 KMTA Composers Recital
Downtown Public Library (Farrish Theater)
Lexington, KY
Sept 21, 2019 (Sat) 1:30 PM

Black Water
a monodrama based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates
Forest Collective
Melbourne Fringe (Australia)
Sept 28-29, 2019 (Sat-Sun) 5 PM, 7:30 PM

Prelude and Toccata
Paul York, cello
2019 CMS National Conference
Cathedral of the Assumption
433 S. 5th St. (Louisville)
Oct 25, 2019 (Fri) 7:30 PM

String Quartet No. 5
Diller-Quaile String Quartet
The Diller-Quaile School of Music
24 East 95th Street (NYC)
Feb 21, 2020 (Fri) 7 PM

“… appealing and skillfully crafted … Beck writes in lush tonal harmonies … the moody expressiveness of Beck’s writing is its own reward.”

– Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate)

“[T]he Fifth Quartet makes a haunting impression in three movements of contrasting utterances.”

– Donald Rosenberg, Gramophone


see a performance

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