JOHN KAEFER | composer
JOHN KAEFER is a composer for film, television, multimedia, and the concert stage.
John recently finished the score for Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment's live-action series “Quantum Break”, developed exclusively for Xbox One. The revolutionary game blurs the line between episodic television and cinematic gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by Gaming Trend, "Quantum Break" was the #1 best-selling Xbox game worldwide in April 2016 and is currently the biggest-selling Microsoft Studios release for Xbox One.
Recent television credits include the scores for the original drama series “Sequestered” on Crackle (Sony Pictures Television) and "Making Moves" on Fullscreen, and thematic music packages for “Good Morning America”, “20/20”, and “Would You Fall For That” on ABC. John's music is widely featured in popular series on NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, USA, TNT, TBS, MTV, Bravo, Nat-Geo, and The Documentary Channel, as well as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. He previously composed for Ah2 Music and has created three soundtrack albums for Discovery Music Source. He has also scored national ad campaigns for Mercedes, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, LG, ABC, Simmons, Pfizer, and Marriott. He has worked with legendary composer Mike Post and has served as a judge/advisor for the BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowship.
Film music credits include the scores for the feature documentaries "Silence Patton" and “A Polite Bribe”, music for the Warner Brothers Picture's feature “Mama’s Boy” (starring Diane Keaton), and the scores for “Pandora’s Box” (starring Joe Mantegna/Frances Fisher) and the 3-Part documentary “Dance School: Juilliard” (co-composer).
As a composer for the concert stage, John has enjoyed performances worldwide at major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and La Schola Cantorum in Paris. Recent commissions include a solo piano work for Molly Morkoski, a viola and laptop piece for Jessica Meyer, and a violin and piano work for violinist Cyrus Beroukhim.
John’s music has been programmed by leading musicians and ensembles, including The Pacific Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, The Juilliard Orchestra, Symphony In C (Haddonfield Symphony), The New York Youth Symphony, the Chamber Symphony of New Jersey, The Yale Philharmonia, and others. He has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Foundation, BMI (concert music and TV/film), Meet The Composer, the Yaddo Corporation, the American Composers Forum, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Barlow Endowment, among others. He serves on the Board Of Advisors for Composers Now.
John earned his Doctorate from The Juilliard School. His work is praised as “continually fascinating, a kinetic tour de force” (The San Francisco Classical Voice), “steely and hard edged” (The Los Angeles Times), and “vividly scored” (The New York Times). He also holds degrees in composition from Yale University (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM).
John is represented by Evolution Music Partners in Los Angeles.