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Composer Justine F. Chen

"Lyrical, atmospheric... striking…  balances despair and humor." - NY Times

 

"...the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of." - NY Times

"... revelatory... terrific... inventive..."

- Chicago Reader

"... inventive, thought-provoking, and engaging..." - Debra Lew Harder, Met Radio

ABOUT

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 Shallow Breath and Stealth, 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 song cycle with the haunting poetry of Ophelia Hu Kinney, for soprano Jennifer Lien, an opera with librettist Jacqueline Goldfinger inspired by the oldest ballad Twa Sisters, and The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (librettist David Simpatico) commissioned by American Lyric Theaterpremiered by Chicago Opera Theater in March 2023, and just named "Best World Premiere" by the Chicago Tribune.

She has been commissioned and performed by WQXR, The Crossing, 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.

JUSTINE F. CHEN

COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST

BREAKING NEWS:
BEST WORLD PREMIERE 2023!
Our "Fantastical, evocative, and nuanced" opera THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING was just named BEST WORLD PREMIERE of 2023 by Chicago Tribune today! Thank you, David Simpatico, Chicago Opera Theater, and American Lyric Theater!!!!

SAVE THE DATE! - THE CROSSING CD releases our creation to the world: SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH! APRIL 5, 2024!

Check out my spotify track for Mighty Matt Haimovitz's extraordinary performance of IRIDESCENT GEST!


Come Join Us!
March 25, 2024 - THE FORUM, Columbia's gorgeous concert venue! The Harlem Chamber Players will be performing my string quartet
6:30 PM! 


THANK YOU to the cast and crew of THE LIFE AND DEATH(S) OF ALAN TURING!!  Chicago Tribune  COT Interview Out Chicago
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CHECK OUT my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!

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