JOHN KAEFER | composer
JOHN KAEFER is a composer for film, television, multimedia, and the concert stage. A trusted collaborator known for his imaginative musical voice and distinctive scores, John’s varied work is praised as “steely and hard edged” by The Los Angeles Times, “a kinetic tour de force, continually fascinating,” by The San Francisco Classical Voice, and “vividly scored” by The New York Times.
John's work includes the score for Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment's live-action series “Quantum Break”, developed exclusively for Xbox One. Hailed as a "masterpiece" by Gaming Trend, the revolutionary game blurs the line between episodic television and cinematic gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. It is currently the #1 best-selling Microsoft Studios release to date.
Recent television credits include the original drama series “Sequestered” on Crackle (Sony Pictures Television) and "Making Moves" on Fullscreen, as well as the Main Theme and Thematic Music packages for ABC's “Good Morning America”, “20/20”, "Focus Earth" (with Bob Woodruff), and “Would You Fall For That”. John's music is widely featured in popular series on NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and The Documentary Channel, as well as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, among others.
Recent film credits include "Party Boat" (Sony Pictures and Crackle), "Night Sweats" (Witness Films), director S.J. Main's "Reconnected" and "Requiescat", “Pandora’s Box” (starring Joe Mantegna/Frances Fisher), and music for the Warner Brothers Picture's feature “Mama’s Boy” (starring Diane Keaton). Additionally John has scored the feature documentaries "Silence Patton", “A Polite Bribe” (Nexus Media), and the 3-Part series “Dance School: Juilliard”.
John has composed national advertising and sonic branding campaigns for a diverse range of clients, including Mercedes, Ford, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, LG, ABC, Simmons, Pfizer, and Marriott, as well as the UN's World Food Programme "Stop Hunger, Start Peace" campaign (voiceover by Liam Neeson). He also recently created three commissioned cinematic soundtrack albums for Discovery Music Source.
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. His work is programmed frequently by leading musicians and ensembles, including The Pacific Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, The Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Symphony In C (Haddonfield Symphony), The New York Youth Symphony, the Chamber Symphony of New Jersey, The Yale Philharmonia, and others.
John recently conducted the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra in the world premiere of his "States Of Motion", a three movement concerto for piano and string orchestra, featuring pianist Molly Morkoski. Other recent commissions include a viola and laptop piece for Jessica Meyer (premiered at Spectrum in New York) and a violin and piano work for violinist Cyrus Beroukhim (premiered at Music On Madison in New York).
John 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 and is a judge/advisor for the BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowship.
John earned his Doctorate from The Juilliard School. He also holds degrees in composition from Yale University (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM). He currently teaches film scoring composition at New York University.
John is represented by Evolution Music Partners in Los Angeles.