Christopher Cerrone

Hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker and winner of the 2015 Samuel Barber Rome Prize, CHRISTOPHER CERRONE (b. 1984, Huntington, NY) is a Brooklyn-based composer whose compositional voice is characterized by profoundly expressive lyricism, ringing clarity, and a deep literary fluency.

His opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel, was praised by The Los Angeles Times as “A delicate and beautiful opera…[which] could be, and should be, done anywhere.” A finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, Invisible Cities received its fully-staged world premiere in a wildly popular production by The Industry, directed by Yuval Sharon in Los Angeles’s Union Station. It was released in 2014 as a commercial recording by The Industry’s in-house label.

Recent and upcoming commissions include a work for soprano Hila Plitmann and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by John Adams; a violin sonata for Rachel Lee Priday and David Kaplan, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation; a new work for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; a piece for Present Music in Milwaukee; a solo piano piece for Vicky Chow Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music; a piece for percussion quartet and voice jointly commissioned by Third Coast Percussion and Sandbox Percussion; live original scores for installations at the New Museum and the Time Warner Center by artist and filmmaker Marco Brambilla; Memory Palace, a solo work for custom-built percussion instruments and live electronics; and more.

One-sixth of the composer collective Sleeping Giant, Cerrone has written collaborative works for eighth blackbird, the Albany Symphony (where the Sleeping Giant composers are in residence through 2017), for vocalist Theo Bleckmann and the Dogs of Desire, and for Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW. Upcoming projects include “Bach Unwound” for the cellist Ashley Bathgate.

In addition to the Rome Prize, Cerrone has received awards and grants from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music America, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, OPERA America, the Jerome Foundation, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, ASCAP, and New Music USA.  He has served as composer-in-residence at the Carlsbad Music Festival and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, and will be in residence at the McDowell Colony in the summer of 2015.

Christopher Cerrone holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and is published by Schott NY and Project Schott New York.