Christopher Cerrone (born March 5, 1984) is an American composer based in New York City. He was a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a 2014 Fromm Foundation commission recipient, a 2015 Rome Prize winner in Music Composition, and has received numerous awards from ASCAP.
Cerrone was born in Huntington, New York, United States. He studied music composition at the Manhattan School of Music with Nils Vigeland and Reiko Fueting, and then earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Yale studying with Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Christopher Theofanidis, Ingram Marshall, and Ezra Laderman.
In 2014 Cerrone's opera Invisible Cities based on Italo Calvino's novel Invisible Cities was produced by the Los Angeles-based opera company The Industry, the LA Dance Project, and Sennheiser. The production received glowing reviews and had a sold-out run of performances. Cerrone has received commissions from ensembles including eighth blackbird, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Present Music, and he has been the Composer-in-Residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and with Exploring the Metropolis/ConEdison.
- Invisible Cities (2009–2013) for four solo voices, chamber choir, chamber orchestra, and electronics
- All Wounds Bleed (2011) for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, and piano
- High Windows (2013) concerto for string orchestra
- Still Life with Violin and Orchestra (2010) for violin and orchestra
- Invisible Overture (2008) for orchestra
- Flows Beneath (2012) for steel pan ensemble and 10 person chamber orchestra
Solo and chamber
- Double Happiness (2012)for electric guitar, percussion and electronics
- Memory Palace (2012) for solo percussionist and electronics
- Recovering (2011/12) for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, vibraphone, violin, and double bass
- The Night Mare (2011) for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, cello, and electronics
- Hoyt–Schermerhorn (2010) for solo piano and electronics
- Reading a Wave (2008/2010) for nine instruments placed throughout the audience.
- Variations on a Still Point (2006/7) for guitar, saxophone, percussion and piano
- I will learn to love a person (2013) for soprano, saxophone (or clarinet), percussion, and piano or soprano and piano
- That Night with the Green Sky (2012) for soprano and piano
- How to Breathe Underwater (2011) for baritone, trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and pre-recorded electronics
- Requiem [for K.V.] (2007/2009) for solo amplified voice and live electronics. Text by Kurt Vonnegut.
- three e.e. cummings poems (2004) for SSAATTBB choir
Awards and nominations
- 2014: Nominated for Book and for Lyrics/Music for an Original Musical for The Industry's production of Invisible Cities
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