American composer/conductor JUSTIN FREER was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, and has established himself as one of the West Coast’s most exciting musical voices. Freer began his formal studies on trumpet, playing in wind ensembles, marching bands and community orchestras. He quickly turned to piano and composition and composed his first work for wind ensemble at age eleven. Continuing trumpet performance while studying piano and composition, Freer saw multiple wind ensemble, choral and big band performances of his music while still a teenager and gave his public conducting debut at age sixteen.
Continually composing for various different mediums, he has written music for world-renowned trumpeters Doc Severinson and Jens Lindemann and continues to be in demand as a composer and conductor for everything from orchestral literature to chamber music at some of the largest music clinics and conventions in the world. Major League Soccer called upon Freer to compose and conduct music for the 2011 and 2012 Major League Soccer Championship Cups in Los Angeles, CA. He has served as composer for several independent films including Jahim Jones’ Generation Never and has written motion picture advertising music for some of 20th Century Fox Studios’ biggest advertising campaigns including Avatar, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Dragonball Evolution and Aliens in the Attic. Freer has been appointed conductor for the Lord of the Rings Live in Concert production worldwide and will appear on tour with the Munich Symphony (The Fellowship of the Ring) throughout Germany. He will additionally appear with the orchestras of Vienna, Dublin, Singapore, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Lucerne in 2013.
Renowned wind conductor and Oxford Round Table Scholar Dr. Rikard Hansen has noted that, “In totality, Freer’s exploration in musical sound evoke moments of highly charged drama, alarming strife and serene reflection.”
In recent seasons his works have been performed by the Musashino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble, Texas All-State Symphonic Band, the Grand Symphonic Winds and the wind bands of the University of North Texas, Purdue University, Kansas State University, University of North Dakota, University of Illinois, Indiana University, UCLA, St. Cloud State University, and Cal State University, Los Angeles, among many others. Recent premieres include Rio’s Convergence, commissioned for the Texas All-State Symphonic Band, Liberty Fallen, commissioned by the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble in conjunction with the American Composers Forum, which premiered to great critical success at Benson Great Hall, Minnesota, and an upcoming work to celebrate the life of Texas legend Eddie Galvan, to be premiered by the Texas All-State Symphonic Band in 2014. His music has also appeared as a subject of discussion at the Oxford Round Table of Scholars and has been performed throughout the world from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.
Freer has been recognized with numerous grants and awards from organizations including ASCAP, the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Henry Mancini Estate and the National Federation of Music Clubs. His list of composer/conductor residency engagements includes collaborations with the wind ensembles, orchestras and choirs of the Aries Composers Festival, Henry Mancini Institute, University of North Texas, UCLA, Texas A&M, University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, St. Cloud State University, Cal State University, Los Angeles and others.
As a producer he has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Neville Mariner, conductor, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Carl St. Clair, conductor, on recordings of Paul Chihara’s orchestral works. Freer is the Founder and President of CineConcerts Live, a company dedicated to the preservation and presentation of entire film scores performed live to their respective film. To launch, Freer will be producing Hans Zimmer’s brilliant score to Gladiator, to be premiered in Lucerne May, 2013.
Mr. 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. In addition, he was mentored by legendary composer/conductor Jerry Goldsmith.