Born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, composer / conductor Justin Freer is a highly sought-after conductor and producer of film music concerts around the world. He began his formal studies on trumpet but quickly turned to piano and composition, composing his first work at age 11 and making his professional conducting debut at 16.
Mr. Freer has written music for world-renowned trumpeters Doc Severinsen and Jens Lindemann, and he continues to be in demand as a composer and conductor around the world for everything from orchestral literature to chamber music. He has served as composer for several independent films and has written motion picture advertising music for some of 20th Century Fox Studios’ biggest campaigns, including Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Aliens in the Attic. As a conductor, Mr. Freer has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, in addition to the New York Philharmonic. He is also one of the only conductors to have conducted in both the ancient Colosseum and Circus Maximus in Rome.
Mr. Freer has been recognized with numerous grants and awards from organizations including ASCAP, BMI, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, and the Henry Mancini Estate. He is the founder and president of CineConcerts, a company dedicated to the preservation and concert presentation of film, curating and conducting hundreds of full-length music score performances live with film for such wide-ranging titles as Rudy, Gladiator, The Godfather, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, It’s a Wonderful Life, and the entire Harry Potter film franchise.
Justin Freer earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition from UCLA, where his principal composition teachers included Paul Chihara and Ian Krouse. He was also mentored by legendary composer / conductor Jerry Goldsmith.