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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, television, 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 song cycle with the haunting poetry of Ophelia Hu Kinney, for soprano Jennifer Lien, an opera with librettist Goldfinger inspired by the ancient 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 named "Best 2023 World Premiere" by the Chicago Tribune.

Current projects include an opera with playwright Lloyd Suh (THE FAR COUNTRY, THE CHINESE LADY), a chamber opera with librettist Marcus Yi, a chamber opera with David Johnston, and a multidisciplinary work with Emma Griffin and Iyun Ashani Harrison inspired by Twa Sisters and Christina Rosetti's Goblin Market.

Chen 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:
Check out our RAVE REVIEW of SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH in GRAMOPHONE magazine! 
"...impish, earnest and ominous ... her spare musical imagery portrays everything from earthly ecstasy to anxieties perpetrated by forces seemingly beyond containment."


Listen to THE CROSSING sing our creation: SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH! on Spotify!

Check out this great article from WOSU on SHALLOW BREATH AND STEALTH and MOTION STUDIES

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!!

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


CHECK OUT my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!

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