Composer Spotlight: Jeremy Turner

Jeremy Turner by Shaul Schwarz 1

Today we are excited to spotlight Emmy nominated Composer Jeremy Turner! His recent projects include the Netflix docuseries he was nominated for: ‘Five Came Back.’

History and Background

I grew up in Michigan and after high school attended The Juilliard School to further my studies on the cello. After 3 years I dropped out and joined The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where I played for 14 years. I’d always been interested in various forms of music so played with lots of different artists and bands, and though performances represented the majority of my time in my early days, I had always casually written songs on the side. Eventually I started writing music for commercials, which led to some short films, then features and docs, and then it blew wide open to concert music, art installations, interstitial music for theatre, etc.

To get away from it all…

I like being outside. The studio can be cavelike in many ways, especially when you’re in the thick of a project. So going hiking, doing trail runs or marathons, or my favorite thing of all time (SKIING!) helps the pendulum swing the other way and restore all of my senses.

Best concert I’ve ever heard…

Hard to put this into a single place because I’ve been fortunate to hear (and also be a part of) some incredible performances over the years. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be Mahler’s Eight Symphony, performed by The Cleveland Orchestra with Robert Shaw at Carnegie Hall back in 1995. The piece is nicknamed the “Symphony of a Thousand” because it calls for 5 choruses, an enormous orchestra, soloists, etc. I remember sitting on the orchestra level and the two rings of boxes in the audience were filled with chorus. Being enveloped by all of that sound was incredibly powerful.

Favorite place to travel…

is probably Northern Michigan. I’m 4th generation on a small lake up there and in the summer time, it’s absolutely spectacular. Cherry orchards, white sand beaches that stretch for miles, and stunning lakes which have inspired more than a few pieces of music.