"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 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 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 Theater, which will be premiered by Chicago Opera Theater in March 2023.
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
BRAVA to the ever luminous Jen Zetlan and Nana Shi and their phenomenal performance of PHILOMEL in my old stomping grounds of Brooklyn Heights! Thank you, BASS!
THANKS to Johnathan McCullough and Carol Wong for their charmingly hilarious performance of my Platform Anxiety song! April 13, 2023 -Thanks also to Carnegie Hall, Citywide!
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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BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Maryland Opera Studio for their beautiful performance of TWA - a new opera with librettist Jacqueline Goldfinger!
Check out my Know Them Now video on YouTube! Thanks, BMI!
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