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Biography

CHRISTOPHER CERRONE (b. 1984) is internationally acclaimed for compositions characterized by a subtle handling of timbre and resonance, a deep literary fluency, and a flair for multimedia collaborations. Balancing lushness and austerity, immersive textures and telling details, dramatic impact and interiority, Cerrone’s music is utterly compelling and uniquely his own.

In the 2019–20 season, Cerrone composes a new ballet for choreographer Pontus Lidberg, commissioned by the Vienna Staatsoper and performed by the Vienna Philharmonic. Stateside, Shai Wosner will premiere The Air Suspended, a concerto for piano and strings, in a series of performances with the East Coast and Cayuga Chamber Orchestras, and the Phoenix and Albany Symphonies. In May 2020, the Northwestern University Chorus and Orchestra will premiere The Last Message Received, jointly commissioned by Northwestern and the Yale Symphony Orchestra and Glee Club. Other commissions include a new work for prepared piano and percussion commissioned by Sandbox Percussion and Conor Hanick, and two new short works for piano for Anthony DeMare (the Liaisons project, adapting the music of Stephen Sondheim) and David Kaplan (in a project that also commissions Anthony Cheung). This season will also feature performances of Cerrone’s music at the St. Louis Symphony’s “Live at the Pulitzer” series, the European premiere of Why Was I Born Between Mirrors? with Sentieri selvaggi, and a workshop performance of his new opera, In a Grove, with Metropolis Ensemble at Mass MoCA.

Recent highlights include The Insects Became Magnetic, an orchestral work with electronics for the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Meander, Spiral, Explode, a percussion quartet concerto co-commissioned by the Civic Orchestra of the Chicago Symphony and the Britt Festival; Breaks and Breaks, an acclaimed violin concerto for Jennifer Koh and the Detroit Symphony; a Miller Theatre Composer Portrait performed by Third Coast Percussion; Will There Be Singing, commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Can’t and Won’t, commissioned for the Calder Quartet by the LA Phil, and new works for artists including Tim Munro, Eighth Blackbird, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Latitude 49, Vicky Chow, and Rachel Lee Priday.

Cerrone’s opera, Invisible Cities, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist, was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “A delicate and beautiful opera…[which] could be, and should be, done anywhere.” Invisible Cities received its fully-staged world premiere in a wildly popular production by The Industry, directed by Yuval Sharon, in Los Angeles’ Union Station. Both the film and opera are available as CDs, DVDs, and digital downloads. In July 2019, New Amsterdam Records released his GRAMMY-nominated sophomore effort, The Pieces that Fall to Earth, a collaboration with the LA-based chamber orchestra, Wild Up, to widespread critical acclaim.

Christopher Cerrone holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He is published by Schott NY and Project Schott New York is currently is currently a guest composition faculty member at the The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University for 2019–2020.

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