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Jay Greenberg

  • Composer


Jay Greenberg: At the age of 14, American composer Jay Greenberg already has built a substantial and ever-expanding catalogue of original works that explore and renew the traditional forms of classical music, from solo piano pieces and sonatas to full-scale symphonies. In addition to his achievements, his burgeoning career is already yielding some remarkable “firsts” – he is the youngest composer ever signed to exclusive contracts with IMG Artists and with Sony Classical. The first CD release under his distinctive new agreement with Sony Classical will include the premiere recordings of his Symphony No. 5 – with José Serebrier conducting the London Symphony Orchestra – and his Quintet for Strings, with the Juilliard String Quartet and cellist Darrett Adkins.

The public first heard Greenberg’s story in a 60 Minutes interview in 2004, in which Samuel Zyman – who has taught literature and materials of music to Greenberg at the Juilliard School of Music – said that young composer’s potential puts him in the company of Mozart, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saëns, music’s most illustrious young prodigies. Greenberg’s works already have been played by orchestras across the United States including the Pittsburgh and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. A premiere performance of the Quintet for Strings at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC is being planned for later this year.