“[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, 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.
In 2021, his choral work Invitation to Love was one of four first-prize winners in The King’s Singers New Music Prize competition. This work was premiered 28 February 2021 as a part of the Washington National Cathedral’s Sacred Choral Music Online Festival.
by moonlight (innova 051)
new CD of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music
“Luminous, expressive, and refined are some of the words that come to mind as the album’s tonal pieces play, “by moonlight” deftly showing Beck cultivating an individual voice while operating within a tradition.” – Textura (May 2020)
“The music disarms me as a listener by not calling attention to itself as an example of some new trend … it beguiles purely on its own terms … Most pleasurable a listen it is. Bravo Jeremy Beck.”
– Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music (May 2020)
“Rich rewards abound…[one of] today’s most thoughtful composers”
– Jazz Weekly (March 2020)
Invitation to Love for SSA a cappella
“Invitation to Love” won First Prize in Category 3 of The King’s Singers New Music Prize. This is the world premiere given 28 February 2021 by Cathedra, directed by Michael McCarthy, at Washington National Cathedral.