American composer / conductor Justin Freer, who was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California, has established himself as one of the West Coast’s most exciting musical voices and is a highly sought-after conductor and producer of film music concerts around the world. He began formal studies on trumpet, but quickly turned to piano and composition, composing his first work at age 11 and giving his professional conducting debut at 16.
Continually composing for various different mediums, he has written music for world-renowned trumpeters Doc Severinsen and Jens Lindemann and continues to be in demand as a composer and conductor for everything from orchestral literature to chamber music around the world. Freer has served as composer for several independent films and 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 Freer has appeared with some of the most well-known orchestras in the world, including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia orchestras. He is one of the only conductors to have ever conducted in both the ancient Colosseum and Circus Maximus in Rome.
Justin 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, for which he has curated and conducted hundreds of full-length music score performances live with films such as Rudy, Gladiator, The Godfather, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, It’s A Wonderful Life, and the entire Harry Potter film franchise.
Freer earned both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in music composition from UCLA, where his principal composition teachers included Paul Chihara and Ian Krouse. He was mentored by legendary composer / conductor Jerry Goldsmith.
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