Jeffrey Young is a composer and violinist from Brooklyn, NY who specializes in experimental classical music and rock music.
Jeffrey has worked with Pierre Boulez and other leaders of the European avant-garde including Kaija Saariaho, Georg Friedrich Haas, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and members of IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Stellari String Quartet, and the Kairos Quartett during four summers at the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and with Steve Reich, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in North Adams, MA. His recent work as a solo performer has centered on his own half-composed, half-improvised music for violin and the software program Ableton Live, including two solo sets, which he has performed in Europe and around the Northeastern U.S, as well as a forty-minute dance score. With his experimental chamber music/performance art group thingNY, a four-time Queens Council on the Arts grant recipient, he has collaboratively composed and performed three experimental operas. He has twice toured China as an orchestral musician, and he has toured the U.S. and Canada with thingNY, indie rock band Food Will Win the War, psychedelic folk band Manson Family Picnic, minimalist chamber-rock band Slow Six, Pogues cover band Streams of Whiskey, and Valerie Kuehne’s surrealist Dream Zoo project. He has been a featured blues soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra. In addition, Jeffrey is a first place winner of the 2003 Berkshire Lyric Theatre's Emma Blafield Instrumental Award, and he has been elected into the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.
Jeffrey performs frequently in New York City, at venues including The Highline Ballroom, B.B. King's, Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Galapagos, The Bitter End, The Tank, and The Stone. With flutist Matt Samolis, he co-curates a free improvisation music series in Boston, MA called Beasts of Improvisation on Parade. Jeffrey has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Rachael Ray Show, and he has been featured on over 25 albums, in genres including classical music, indie rock, prog rock, hip-hop, kids songs, and more. He graduated with a B.M. in violin and composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2007.