American composer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Turner is known for creating innovative and diverse music for the moving image and the stage. From composing award winning scores for films to a career as the Assistant Principal Cello of the Met Orchestra, he has established a unique regard for understanding and performing varying musical languages and styles.
Jeremy began his musical studies on the piano at the age of 5 and started playing the cello at the age of 8. 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 by James Levine 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 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 The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and 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.
As a composer, his music has won the International Documentary Association Award (Narco Cultura), the AICP Award for Google’s first television commercial (Parisian Love), and has been named in NPR Music’s Favorite Songs of the Year. Jeremy’s recent works include The Inland Seas, composed for violinist James Ehnes and mandolinist Chris Thile and commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Music Society; a piece for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for an installation commemorating the 50th anniversary of Wave Hill in New York, and an upcoming commission for the 70th Anniversary of Music Academy of the West. Other notable projects include composing and conducting the score to the Netflix original Five Came Back, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Scott Rudin, a chamber work for yMusic Ensemble, and collaborating with James Murphy on original music for the Broadway production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, directed by Mike Nichols.
Equally at home as a singer, guitarist, and pianist, Jeremy is one half of Low City, a studio project with the producer and engineer Abe Seiferth. Jeremy serves on the artistic advisory board for National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.