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 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.


Symphony for Strings awarded 3rd Prize
MUSICA PER ARCHI | Music Composers’ Competition 2018
Lviv Philharmonic Society (Lviv, Ukraine)

Four Piano Preludes – world premiere
Susan Merdinger, piano

April 22, 2018 at 3 PM, Northbrook Public Library (Chicago)
April 29, 2018 at 2 PM, Elgin Public Library (Chicago)

Crossing Mountains
Robert Simonds, violin
April 27, 2018 at 7 PM, Indiana University Southeast

Dream and Echoes for SATB chorus a cappella
The Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Dr. Stephen Alltop, music director

May 4, 2018 at 7:30pm, Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
May 6, 2018 at 3:00pm, First United Church (Oak Park, IL)

Songs of Love & Remembrance
Michelle Monroe, soprano; Robin Guy, piano; Jennifer Thomas, violin
May 11, 2018 at 12 noon, Hearst Center for the Arts (Cedar Falls, IA)

Quartet for flute, clarinet, cello & piano – world premiere
May 20, 2018 at 7 PM, Kentucky Center for the Arts (Louisville)

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Rhapsody for violin and orchestra

This work was premiered in Lviv, Ukraine, 5 November 2016.