"Lyrical, atmospheric... striking… balances despair and humor." - NY Times
"...the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." - NY Times
Theater is that collective experience in which participants gather to understand both the richness and injustice of human experience; it is where together, we mourn and celebrate. Chen's work strives to inform and engage, and to bring forth the reinvention of our expectations for our society.
Always fascinated by the expressive possibilities of dramatic forms, Taiwanese-American composer Justine F. Chen draws inspiration from animation, film, theater, classical Indian dance and music, ballet, and contemporary dance. Recent projects include a new chamber opera Seven Sisters (centering women, immigrant culture, and Taiwan) with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, a choral work for The Crossing on data-mining (text by Jena Osman), a short film opera on modern-day heroes with Jacqueline Goldfinger, a modern retelling of Giovanni's Room with Iyun Ashani Harrison and Ballet Ashani, and The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (librettist David Simpatico) commissioned by American Lyric Theater.
She has been commissioned and performed by WQXR, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, JACK Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, New York Festival of Song, Washington Ballet, Long Leaf Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Tapestry Opera, Banff Music Centre, Merola Opera, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Photo: Steven Laxton.
JUSTINE F. CHEN
COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST
THRILLED to be featured by the phenomenal Fleur Barron in Aural Compass' Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb 7 in Phoenix, AZ! Click here for more info!
LOOKING FORWARD to my residency at UMD's prestigious School of Music and Maryland Opera Studio, February 2022!
CONGRATULATIONS to THE Divine CROSSING and Donald Nally performing the world premiere of my SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH on WRTI.ORG 12/19!
So Excited for our workshop of SEVEN SISTERS at Manhattan School of Music this Spring! Save the Date! 4/8/22!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kara and Peter Dugan on their hilarious performance of my song Quarantine B*tch: R. S. V. P. at WQXR's 85th Birthday Celebration at The Greene Space on 12/5/21. Streaming now here!
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