JOHN KAEFER has been hailed by critics and audiences for his unique and imaginative scores for film and television, as well as for his creativity as a composer of chamber, choral, and orchestral concert works. His work has been described 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 has been the recipient of awards from The American Academy Of Arts And Letters, BMI, and ASCAP, among others. John holds a Doctoral Degree in composition from The Juilliard School.
Recent television credits include the theme music package for Good Morning America, the theme music and music package for 20/20, and the 2012 ABC News Branding (ABC/co-composer). An active freelancer in both NYC and LA, his music cues have been widely featured in shows on NBC, ABC, CBS, USA,, TNT, TBS, Nat Geo, MTV, E! Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, Bravo, and The Documentary Channel, among others. He previously composed for Ah2 Music in LA, which provides music for popular TV network series such as Celebrity Apprentice, Shark Tank, The Biggest Loser. He has written music for numerous national advertisement campaigns, including Hewlett-Packard, LG, IBM, Pfizer, and Marriott. Additionally he worked with legendary TV composer Mike Post and served as a judge/advisor for the BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowship.
“In my forty years of writing music for television, I’ve been lucky to mentor many young composers. No one outshines John Kaefer.” - MIKE POST [legendary TV composer]
Recent film credits includes the score for Pandora’s Box (starring Joe Mantegna/Frances Fisher), additional music for the Warner Brothers Picture feature Mama’s Boy (starring Diane Keaton), the Main Theme and Score for the 3-Part feature documentary Dance School: Juilliard (The Documentary Channel/co-composer), the score for the feature documentary A Polite Bribe (Orlando/Nexus), the score for the independent feature The Rise And Fall (Nash Productions), and the theme music for Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff (Discovery Channel/co-composer), among others. Additionally John served as an advisor/instructor for the American Composers Orchestra “Film Music Factory” program.
John’s award-winning concert music is programmed frequently by leading musicians and ensembles, including major premieres at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC, Wigmore Hall in London, and La Schola Cantorum in Paris. His orchestral and chamber music has been programmed throughout the United States, including performances with The Pacific Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, the Chamber Symphony of New Jersey, Symphony In C, violist Lawrence Power, The New York Youth Symphony, violinist Cyrus Beroukhim, and The Yale Philharmonia, and many others. Also an active concert pianist, he has performed at Steinway Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and numerous other venues throughout the United States.
AWARDS and HONORS
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 American Music Center, the Yaddo Corporation, the American Composers Forum, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Barlow Endowment, among numerous others.
A graduate of The Juilliard School [Doctor Of Musical Arts], John also earned degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. He studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, and David Del Tredici, as well as with Robert Beaser, Augusta Read Thomas, and David Diamond.
John runs marathons (PR 3:36) and rides skateboards. He is married with a 10 year old son.