Juri Seo (b. 1981) is a composer and pianist based in Princeton, New Jersey. She seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. With its fast-changing tempi and dynamics, her music explores the serious and the humorous, the lyrical and the violent, the tranquil and the obsessive. She hopes to create music that loves, that makes a positive change in the world—however small—through the people who are willing to listen.
Her composition honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, Copland House Residency Award, and the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood. She has received commissions from Fromm Foundation, Barlow Endowment, Tanglewood Music Center, the 21st Century Piano Commission Competition from the University of Illinois, and the Renée B. Fisher Piano Competition. Her debut album "Mostly Piano" was released by Innova Recordings in 2017. She holds a D.M.A. (Dissertation: Jonathan Harvey's String Quartets, 2013) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Reynold Tharp. She has also attended the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Rome, corsi di perfezionamento with Ivan Fedele) and Yonsei University (Seoul, B.M.). Since 2009, she has been a composition fellow at the Tanglewood, Bang on a Can, and SoundSCAPE festivals, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is Assistant Professor of Music at Princeton University.
Latitude 49 is incredibly excited to announce that composer Christopher Cerrone will be joining our ensemble as composer-in-residence and co-artistic advisor for our 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons! Chris is an internationally acclaimed composer and winner of the 2015 Rome Prize as well as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his groundbreaking opera, Invisible Cities. He has worked with many of today's leading new-music ensembles including Third Coast Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and brings with him a wealth of experience and passion for creating unforgettable concert experiences. During this multi-year residency, we will feature many of his chamber works and will commission and workshop a new work for L49 to appear in the 18/19 season. We also look forward to a newly adapted version of All Wounds Bleedto be presented in collaboration with Chicago Fringe Opera, as well as many opportunities for further collaborations and recordings which we look forward to sharing with you! Working closely with Christopher Cerrone is a dream come true for us, and we are thrilled to partner with him in presenting dynamic concert experiences and furthering our mission to support the work of living composers.