Introduction

New York-based composer, violinist, teacher and dancer Justine F. Chen specializes in theatrical works including opera, dance, incidental music, and music for strings.

Biography

Brooklyn native composer/violinist Justine F. Chen has received numerous prestigious awards. Her works have been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, and the New York Festival of Song. <br />On a work written for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, the New York Times wrote, "Chen... blended popular dance rhythms into the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." <br /><p>Brooklyn native composer/violinist Justine F. Chen has received numerous prestigious awards. Her works have been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, and the New York Festival of Song. On a work written for the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, the New York Times wrote, "Chen... blended popular dance rhythms into the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." As a violinist, she has performed worldwide and specializes in the performance and interpretation of contemporary music. Her studies of computer music, guided by Mari Kimura, violinist and MAX/MSP performer, has resulted in the composition and performance of several interactive pieces, including a computer-enhanced chamber opera for The Juilliard School. This chamber opera, The Maiden Tower, was presented as a part of New York City Opera's 2006 VOX Showcase of American Opera. Scenes from The Maiden Tower were presented by Chants Libres, Montréal's leading contemporary opera company, December 2008. When featured in NYCO's VOX 2008, her opera JEANNE, based on the life of Joan of Arc, was described by the Times as "lyrical, atmospheric... striking... balanc[ing] despair and humor."As composer-in-residence for Long Leaf Opera, she wrote THREE, TWO, ONE - BANG!, a chamber youth opera based on Macbeth; when premiered in June 2008, it described by the Classical Voice of North Carolina as "charming and provocative... practical and entrancing." In 2005, she completed her doctoral studies in composition at Juilliard, where she also received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in violin and composition. In April 2010, her song cycle PHILOMEL, originally written for rising operatic star Jennifer Zetlan's Marilyn Horne Foundation recital, was performed by Lucy Shelton and Beta Collide. Other recent projects include an acoustic and tape piece for the Bach Oregon Festival, and miniatures for the Machine Project's Festival of New Music at the Hammer Museum in UCLA. Her most recent work is THE DRAGON, a children's opera (based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story) for North Carolina Opera's education program. Future projects include a piece for gu-zheng and string quartet for performance in Taiwan late May, and a solo piece for cellist Laura Usiskin. She is presently Resident Artist at the American Lyric Theater. For more information, please visit www.justinefchen.com.

Describe your music

classical contemporary theater works and instrumental