Jeremiah Klarman, a 26-year-old from Boston Massachusetts, is gaining national recognition as a rising young composer of his generation. 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. In addition to composing, Jeremiah plays piano, is a member of NEC’s Jewish Music Ensemble, and is a regular at Temple Emanuel’s Shabbat Alive Service in Newton, where he is also the Artist in Residence.
In June 2010, The Boston Pops performed his Symphony in C on his second appearance on NPR’s radio show, “From The Top.” At age 13, following his first performance on “From The Top”, Klarman received special recognition from Osvaldo Golijov, who stated to the Boston Globe that he was ‘’moved, impressed, and amazed’ by Klarman’s talent and early work.” (Apr 20, 2006). Klarman also won the 2010 First Generation to Generation Award; a program designed for talented high school students who demonstrate promise in creating melodies that show sensitivity to the setting of Jewish liturgical text.
Klarman’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. Klarman 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. He also won the Senior Division of the Massachusetts State Composition Competition Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
Klarman 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 Preperatory School age 11. Klarman played violin in the Rivers School Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonia from 2002-2005 and NEC prep’s Repertory Orchestra from 2008-2009. He attended Gann Academy — The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. He played the piano in chamber groups at NEC prep and Greenwood music camp, as well as hand percussion with Gann Academy’s jazz band.
In addition to his accomplishments as a classical composer, Klarman has written Jewish-themed choral, pop and liturgical music since 2008. Joshua R. 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 raved that Klarman’s music culminated “in a room-rocking, soul-lifting Halleluyah!” (Feb 13, 2010). Cantor Elias Rosemberg commissioned him to write Kol Haamim for the 75th anniversary of Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA. In December 2010, Klarman’s works were featured in Shalshelet’s Jewish Liturgical Music: the Next Generation festival in New York, NY. More information about this festival is at www.shalshelet.org.