Justine F. Chen

Justine F Chen Composer

Composer and violinist JUSTINE F. CHEN has been the recipient of many prestigious awards and commissions. She joined the CLDP as a resident artist in 2010, and is currently working on The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing with librettist David Simpatico. A native New Yorker, she has been commissioned and performed by New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, and NYFOS. The NY Times described her dance score as “the kind of propulsive, emotionally resonant score that choreographers tend to dream of.” Her first opera was presented by Juilliard, NYCO’s VOX Showcase, and Chants Libres.  When featured in VOX, her second opera, Jeanne, was described as “lyrical, atmospheric… striking… Throughout, Ms. Chen balances despair and humor.” (NY Times). Trilemma, her 2001 animated collaboration with digital artist Ye Won Cho, was screened at the Hiroshima Animation Festival, the New York Expo, and broadcast on PBS’s “Reel New York”.  Chen’s studies of interactive computer music resulted in her computer-enhanced chamber opera premiered at Juilliard. Other projects include songs for soprano Jennifer Zetlan’s Marilyn Horne Foundation Recital, and for Elizabeth Futral’s Cleopatra-themed NYCO recital. She earned her DMA, MM, and BM from Juilliard in violin and composition, and specializes in contemporary music performance. In 2014, she was awarded a commission grant from the American Composers Forum through their Jerome Fund for New Music to continue work on The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing at ALT.