Jeremiah Klarman is gaining national recognition as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger in the Greater Boston Area and beyond. He is a 2016 graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a composition major under instruction of Michael Gandolfi and Hankus Netsky. Jeremiah’s works have been performed by The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, The Landmark Symphony, The Longwood Symphony, and New England Conservatory (NEC) Youth Orchestras with conductors Gil Rose, the late Charles Ansbacher, Jonathan McPhee, and Benjamin Zander. Jeremiah won the 2007 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his orchestral piece “Dance Suite,” as well as the ASCAP Honorable Mention in 2009 for his orchestral piece “Festive Dance.” In June 2010, The Boston Pops performed a work of his on his second appearance on NPR’s radio show From The Top. He has appeared on the show three times, in 2006, 2010 and as an alum in 2015.
In addition to his accomplishments as a classical composer, Jeremiah has written Jewish-themed choral, pop and liturgical music since 2008. Josh Jacobson, the director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, commissioned him to write “Hallel, Shir V’or” in 2009. Upon hearing this performance, the Jewish Ideas Daily (now known as Mosaic Magazine) raved that Klarman’s music culminated “in a room-rocking, soul-lifting Halleluyah!” Jeremiah was the first recipient of the Generation to Generation Award in 2010 and in 2018 he won second place in the Ben Steinberg Young Composer’s Award, both from the Guild of Temple Musicians.
Jeremiah began his musical studies on the piano and violin at the ages of 5 and 6 respectively, soon after which he started composing his own music. He commenced piano study with Angel Ramon Rivera at the Rivers School Conservatory at age 7 and composition study with Rodney Lister at NEC’s Preparatory School age 11. In high school, Jeremiah picked up hand percussion, largely self-taught, which he still plays to this day. He has also taught himself to play other instruments including drum kit, melodica and pennywhistle.
Today, Jeremiah plays piano and percussion at many different synagogues, including Temple Emanuel of Newton where he is the first Artist-In-Residence. He is also on the faculty of the Gann Academy Arts Department. He dedicates his spare time to composing, currently working an orchestral adaptation of an original story.