Described as “vividly colored” (The New York Times), “exhilarating” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), “intriguing” (The Washington Post), and “work of considerable intensity” (American Record Guide), the music of Jeremy Gill is remarkable for its breadth and diversity, from opera through major solo works, and its “fearless emotional depth” (Philadelphia Music Makers).
During the 2013–14 season he was a Fellow of the American Opera Projectsʼ Composers & the Voice Program and a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. His fellowship with AOP led him to compose Whitman Portrait, a major song cycle for six singers and piano on texts by Walt Whitman (to be premiered by the Artsong Repertory Theater Company in Philadelphia in 2015) and Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain, a chamber opera for four singers based on a short play of the same name by Ohio-based playwright Don Nigro (to be premiered by the American Opera Projects in Brooklyn in 2014). Also this season, Jeremy composed Serenada Concertante, an oboe concerto for Dallas Symphony principal oboe Erin Hannigan (commissioned by donors of the Dallas Symphony and to be premiered in the 2015–16 season), Notturno Concertante, a clarinet concert for Christopher Grymes and the Harrisburg Symphony (commissioned by the Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation and to be premiered in 2014), and Whistling in the Dark, a major solo viola work for Baltimore Symphony violist Peter Minkler (premiered in 2014).
Other recent premieres include Before the Wresting Tides in 2013, a work for chorus, piano solo, and orchestra setting a poem by Hart Crane and featuring Rubinstein Prize-winning Ching-Yun Hu, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the work “exhilarating,” and remarked: “the ending is a stunner.” Stepping in for an ailing Alan Harler, Jeremy conducted the premiere of this work on one dayʼs notice and with only one rehearsal, and on the same concerts conducted Beethovenʼs Choral Fantasy with the same forces, both to great acclaim. Also in 2013, the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet premiered Jeremy’s hour-long Capriccio in Minneapolis; the work was previewed on Minnesota Public Radio and in The Strad, and the Parker Quartet performed the full work in Harrisburg, PA, Columbia, SC, and at the Mansion at Strathmore in New Bethesda, MD—of this final performance The Washington Post remarked on the work’s constantly shifting moods and techniques, marveling that the “hour flew by.” Capriccio was also the featured work in the Summer 2014 issue of Chamber Music Magazine, and the Parker Quartet will record it in December 2014 for commercial release during the 2014–15 season.
Current and upcoming projects in 2014–15 include a new work commissioned by Network for New Music to be premiered at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, inspired by Henri Matisseʼs works held in the Barnes collection, and a new work for Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner and Dolce Suono founder and artistic director Mimi Stillman celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, an organization Jeremy has been involved with from its inception as pianist, composer, conductor, and lecturer. During this season, Jeremy will also compose a violin sonata for Peter Sirotin and Ya-Ting Chang, co-directors of Market Square Concerts and founding members of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio.
Jeremy regularly appears as a pianist in music of his own and by his contemporaries. Most recently he has appeared with violist Peter Minkler at the Mansion at Strathmore in viola sonatas by George Rochberg and Arthur Honegger, with the Network for New Music Ensemble in George Crumbʼs Vox Balaenae, and with the Dolce Suono Ensemble and celebrated soprano Lucy Shelton in music by Messiaen and Shulamit Ran on the Ear Heart Music series in Brooklyn (prompting The New York Times to deem him “a fine pianist.”)
In 2011 Jeremy released his second CD on the Albany Records label, featuring pianist Peter Orth in Book of Hours and Jonathan Hays and Jeremy in Helian. Fanfare Magazine hailed this new release, remarking on Jeremy’s “keen ear for exotic sonorities,” while the American Record Guide deemed it “grand, serious in mood…work of considerable intensity.” Philadelphia City Paper listed it as #4 on their “Best Classical Releases of 2011.” His first CD of chamber music, released in 2008, included the world premiere recordings of his 25 with the Parker Quartet, Parabasis with Mimi Stillman and pianist Charles Abramovic, and Suite for Brass with the Extension Ensemble. Peter Burwasser, reviewing this CD in Philadelphia Music Makers, wrote that “Gill writes with precision and care, intriguing imagination, and a fearless emotional depth,” and the American Record Guide remarked: “Jeremy Gill has imagination, and his music is well worth hearing, reading about, and investigating.”
Active as a conductor and pianist, Jeremy has conducted over 35 world premieres featuring artists such as Eric Owens, Evan Hughes, Lucy Shelton, and Randall Scarlata with ensembles including the Dolce Suono Ensemble and Network for New Music, and has appeared in recital with Maren Montalbano, Mimi Stillman, and Jonathan Hays throughout Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. He has received awards and grants from BMI, ASCAP, and a Music Alive composer residency from the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer, has enjoyed artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has served as the composer-in-residence with the Dalí Quartet Chamber Music Camp and Festival, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival. In 2012, University of Rochester Press released A Dance of Polar Opposites, a theoretical-philosophical work written between 1955– 2005 by his former teacher George Rochberg that Jeremy edited for publication.
Peter Orth performs selections from Book of Hours (2007) by Jeremy Gill.
Jonathan Hays, baritone, and Jeremy Gill give a live performance of Helian (2009) by Jeremy Gill at the 2012 Music with a View series.
Pianist Ching-Yun Hu, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Jeremy Gill, conducting, give a live performance of Before the Wresting Tides (2012) by Jeremy Gill.