“[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, Dec. 2013)
Called “an original voice celebrating music” by MusicWeb International (2009), Jeremy Beck’s music has been described by NewMusicBox (2012) 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, Orchestra Iowa, the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic, Center for Contemporary Opera, Peabody Opera, Yale Opera, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, IonSound Project, Pacific Serenades, the Nevsky String Quartet, the Da Kappo String Quartet, and the San Gabriel String Quartet, among others.
Star Dance for piano and percussion (world premiere)
Synchronicity at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, NYC
Monday, Apr. 27, 2015 at 8p
Prelude and Toccata (solo cello) released on Paul York’s Soliloquy (Ablaze Records, 2014).
New Beck CD, String Quartets, now available on innova!
“… appealing and skillfully crafted … Beck writes in lush tonal
harmonies … [T]he moody expressiveness of Beck’s writing is its own reward.” (Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle)
Sinfonietta for string orchestra, mvt. I
The Chamber Orchestra of Boston – David Feltner, artistic director.
New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, Boston – March 2, 2007