Jeremiah Trujillo is an active soloist, collaborative pianist, and historical musicologist. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2014 Eisner Prize for Music, awarded at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a finalist in the 2013 Carmel Music Society piano competition, held at Sunset Center in Carmel, CA. At the 2013 San Francisco Young Pianists Competition, he received a special prize for the interpretation of a nineteenth-century Romantic work. He has participated in numerous master classes with distinguished artists including Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the Van Cliburn International piano competition, Nelita True, professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music, and John Perry.
Jeremiah is the winner of the 2009 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance, held at California State University, Chico. In 2004 he placed first in the high school division of the North State Symphony’s Young Artists Auditions held in Chico, CA, and at age twelve performed the first movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto, op. 16 with the North State Symphony in November of that year. He performed at both Laxson Auditorium at CSU, Chico and at the Cascade Theatre in Redding. He gave multiple solo recitals at Redding, CA’s Old City Hall as part of the Performing Arts Society’s monthly concert series. He also has performed at St. Paul’s Towers in Oakland, CA and San Francisco Towers. He recorded an album of Spanish piano works titled “Works by Albéniz, de Falla, Granados, Salazar.”
Jeremiah is an experienced accompanist, playing for XL Choirs of Northern California from 2005 to 2012 under the directorship of Kati Rosten. In Spring 2011, Jeremiah was the accompanist for the Simpson Chorale, one of the choral groups of Simpson University that performs on campus and on tours. Since 2009, he has been an accompanist for the Shasta Vocal Institute, collaborating with singers in performances of art songs and arias, as well as scenes of operas including The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach and West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. Jeremiah has also accompanied the Shasta College Concert and Chamber Choirs.
Jeremiah began his piano studies at age six with Jeannie Neves. Currently he studies with Jacqueline Chew at UC Berkeley and has also studied harpsichord with Katherine Heater and Davitt Moroney. Jeremiah was valedictorian at his graduation from Hope High School at age fourteen. At UC Berkeley, Jeremiah received the Departmental Citation in Music and the Matthew William Fisher Memorial Prize in Music. For his research into the solo piano works of Franz Schubert, he was awarded the 2014 Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. At UC Davis, he was a recipient of the Herbert Kraft Graduate Fellowship.
Jeremiah graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Music with highest distinction. He is currently a Ph.D. student in historical musicology at the University of California, Davis, where his research interests include cultural diplomacy and music, Mexican popular song, and nature musicology. At the 2016 regional meeting in San Francisco of the Society for Ethnomusicology, he presented his paper “‘Pan-American Union, Hollywood, and Hemispheric Solidarity’: Mexican and Spanish Popular Song during the Good Neighbor Policy.” His dissertation focuses on Spanish music during the Edad de Plata. He resides in El Sobrante, CA.