About

Biography

Justin Giarrusso is a composer of contemporary classical music that appeals to diverse audiences, having written in chamber, choral, and orchestral genres. His music is characterized by an espousal of light textures and is driven by formal structure. The subject of Giarrusso’s works range from programmatic depictions of natural phenomena to purely musical explorations within a sound world.

Recently, The Deep was premiered by the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra and the ‘Manhattan’ movement of Five Boroughs, One City was premiered by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in New York City. Justin has been a winner of the 2013 Mu Phi Epsilon Original Composition Contest, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s New Music for New York Composition Competition, and the Huntsville Youth Orchestra’s First Annual Young Composers’ Forum Composition Competition; and a finalist for the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Justin is a graduate of the University of Louisville and Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received an M.M. in Music Composition and a B.A. in Music Theory, respectively. Giarrusso has studied composition under the guidance of Steve Rouse, Jennifer Jolley, Clint Needham, and Jason Bahr. He is currently pursuing a D.M. in Composition at the Florida State University, studying with Clifton Callender.

Pronunciation

How do you say “Giarrusso”? At first it may look a little daunting, so here is a short guide to show two acceptable pronunciations:

Anglicized: [dʒʌ ru soʊ] / “juh-roo-soh”

Italian: [dʒa ru so] / “ja-roo-so”