American Composer, Conductor and Multi-Instrumentalist
American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Turner is known for creating innovative and diverse music for the moving image and the stage. He has been nominated for a Primetime EMMY® Award, has won the International Documentary Association Award for Best Original Score, the AICP Award, and has been named in NPR Music’s Favorite Songs of the Year. Jeremy recently completed scores for the upcoming films ODE TO JOY, directed by Jason Winer; and COME AS YOU ARE, which will premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. Other notable projects include composing and conducting the score to the Netflix original series FIVE CAME BACK, produced by Steven Spielberg and Scott Rudin, and collaborating with James Murphy on original music for the Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by Mike Nichols.
Jeremy began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 5 and started playing the cello when he was 8 years old. After growing up in Michigan, he attended The Juilliard School as a pupil of Harvey Shapiro and studied chamber music with Felix Galimir. When he was 21 yrs old he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and upon completing his first season was invited to join The Met Chamber Ensemble in its inaugural year. After a sabbatical spent in New Zealand as Principal Cello of The Auckland Philharmonia, he returned to the Met as Assistant Principal Cello and went on to complete his final season as a member of the orchestra in 2011.
Performing throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, Jeremy has participated in the music festivals of Aspen, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Seattle, La Jolla, Moab, Sarasota, Interlochen, and Music at Plush. In 2003, he was asked by soprano Renee Fleming to perform with her for the first concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. He has appeared as a cellist on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, 30 Rock, Mtv Unplugged, and has performed with artists such as Paul McCartney, David Byrne, LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, The National, Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket, Lupe Fiasco, She and Him, and Dirty Projectors. He has conducted twice at the LACMA Art + Film gala, has performed collaborations for Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana, and recently conducted in New York’s Central Park for Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary.
As a composer, his music has been heard around the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Recent works include The Inland Seas, composed for violinist James Ehnes and mandolinist Chris Thile and commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Music Society; Suite of Unreason, a commission from the Music Academy of the West for their 70th Anniversary season; and a choral work for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Wave Hill in New York. He has written works for yMusic Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider, and Flux Quartet, as well as three installation pieces with the artist Chris Doyle.
Jeremy is a former Sundance Fellow and serves on the artistic advisory board at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.