Winner of a 2015 Samuel Barber Rome Prize and finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984, Huntington, NY) is a Brooklyn-based composer of a wide range of orchestral, operatic, chamber and multimedia works.
His work, The Pieces That Fall to Earth (2015), for soprano Hila Plitmann and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was hailed as “the evening’s hit” by Mark Swed in The Los Angeles Times. Upcoming and recent highlights include a piano work for Vicky Chow; a song set for Theo Bleckmann and the Dogs of Desire; a collaborative work for eighth blackbird; a commission for Present Music; and live original scores for films at the New Museum and the Time Warner Center by artist Marco Brambilla.
Cerrone’s opera, Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s surrealist novel, was released as an album and produced in a wildly popular staging at Los Angeles’ Union Station by director Yuval Sharon and The Industry. Christopher Cerrone is one-sixth of the Sleeping Giant composer collective, with whom he serves as co-composer-in-residence at the Albany Symphony from 2014-2017. He holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and is published by Schott NY and Project Schott New York.