Composer In Residence
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. Hailed as a “masterpiece” by Gaming Trend, “Quantum Break” was the #1 best-selling Xbox One game worldwide in April 2016 and is currently the biggest-selling Microsoft Studios release to date. The revolutionary game blurs the line between episodic television and cinematic gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience.
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 ABC‘s “Good Morning America”, “20/20”, and “Would You Fall For That”. 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 has created three commissioned soundtrack albums for Discovery Music Source and previously composed for Ah2 Music. He has also scored national advertising 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.
Recent feature film credits include the scores for “Party Boat” (Sony Pictures/Crackle) and “Night Sweats” (Witness Films), 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. 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 new concerto for piano and strings, featuring pianist Molly Morkoski. The three movement work was performed in July 2016 at the historic Montalbahn Theater in Hollywood. 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.
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). He currently teaches film scoring composition at NYU.
John is represented by Evolution Music Partners in Los Angeles.