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Christopher Cerrone

Brooklyn, NY         

Hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker and noted by Wired for his work at “the leading edge of operatic innovation,” Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984, Huntington, NY) is a Brooklyn-based composer of a wide range of orchestral, operatic, chamber and multimedia works.

Cerrone’s first opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic surrealist novel, is a 2014 Pulitzer Prize nominated finalist, and has been 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 Fall 2013, in a wildly popular production by The Industry, directed by Yuval Sharon in Los Angeles’s Union Station.  The production, which sold-out twenty-two performances, will be taken on international tour in future seasons. In the fall of 2014, The Industry’s in-house record label released a new studio recording—supported by New Music USA—of Invisible Cities as both a digital download limited edition Box Set CD.

Other notable projects include a a new work for soprano Hila Plitmann and the  Los Angeles Philharmonic, to be premiered in 2015; a new work for eighth blackbird; live original scores for installations at the New Museum and the Time Warner Center by artist and filmmaker Marco Brambilla; a staged production of a chamber opera, All Wounds Bleed, by the Tulsa Opera; a violin concerto, commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony for Amadeus Leopold; a Carnegie Hall commission for Ensemble ACJW; and Memory Palace, a solo work for custom-built percussion instruments and live electronics, commissioned by the American Composers Forum’s JFund.

Cerrone has received awards and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, Chamber Music America, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, OPERA America, the Jerome Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, ASCAP, and New Music USA. 

A co-founder of Red Light New Music, Christopher Cerrone is one-sixth of the Sleeping Giant composer collective, with whom he serves as co-composer-in-residence at the Albany Symphony from 2014-2017, thanks to a Music Alive grant from New Music USA. He holds degrees from the Yale School of Music (M.M., D.M.A.) and the Manhattan School of Music (B.M.). His works are published by Schott NY and Project Schott New York.

Invisible Cities, an opera for headphones

Ashley Faatoalia as Marco Polo; Delaram Kamareh and Ashley Knight as Woman 1 & 2.

Experience INVISIBLE CITIES and purchase the studio recording at www.InvisibleCitiesOpera.com!

The Industry and LA Dance Project present

Sound powered by Sennheiser

Music by Christopher Cerrone
Based on the novel by Italo Calvino

Directed by Yuval Sharon
Choreography by Danielle Agami
Conducted by Marc Lowenstein

Sound Produced, Mixed, Engineered, and Mastered by Nick Tipp
For The Industry Records’ Studio Recording

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High Windows, concerto for string orchestra

Chris Cerrone: High Windows

Premiered June 8, 2013
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn

Commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and the Toomai String Quintet

Toomai String Quintet
Emilie-Anne Gendron and Pala Garcia, violins
Erin Wight, viola
John Popham, cello
Andrew Roitstein, bass

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn
conducted by Eli Spindel


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I will learn to love a person, for voice and chamber ensemble

I will learn to love a person
for voice, clarinet, percussion, and piano
All texts by Tao Lin (http://taolin.info/)

Mellissa Hughes, voice
Mingzhe Wang, clarinet
Ian Rosenbaum, percussion
Timo Andres, piano

Performed live at Yale University, December 19, 2013

“That Night with the Green Sky” is used with permission of Action Books. All other texts courtesy of Melville House Publishing, LLC, USA.

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