“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
JOHN KAEFER is an award-winning composer of music for film, television, and the concert stage. His music is performed by leading musicians and ensembles, including premieres in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and Wigmore Hall in London, and featured in many popular television shows and series, films, and national advertising campaigns. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI (concert music and TV/film), Meet The Composer, and the Barlow Foundation, among others. 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).
A graduate of The Juilliard School [Doctor Of Musical Arts], John also earned degrees in composition from the Yale University School Of Music and the Eastman School of Music.
Music for FILM & TELEVISION
John’s recent television credits include thematic music packages for ABC’s Good Morning America, 20/20, and Would You Fall For That?. His music is widely featured in television shows on NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, USA, TNT, TBS, MTV, E! Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, Bravo, Nat-Geo, and The Documentary Channel. 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, Simmons, 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, as well as an advisor/instructor for the American Composers Orchestra’s “Film Music Factory” outreach program.
Recent film music 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), and the theme music for Focus Earth (Discovery Channel/co-composer), among others.
Music for the CONCERT STAGE
John’s concert music is programmed 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. Performing ensembles include The Pacific Symphony, Eighth Blackbird, the Chamber Symphony of New Jersey, the Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, The Juilliard Orchestra, Symphony In C, The New York Youth Symphony, and The Yale Philharmonia, and many others. John has been the recipient of 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 others.
John 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. A graduate of The Juilliard School [Doctor Of Musical Arts], he also earned degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University School Of Music.