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 sessions in Hollywood to chamber music at some of the largest music clinics and conventions in the world. Major League Soccer recently called upon Freer to compose and conduct music for the 2011 Major League Soccer Championship Cup 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 associate conductor for the upcoming The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Live in Concert with the Grand Rapids Symphony and will join the Sydney Symphony and Queensland Symphony in productions of Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers later this summer. To follow he will appear as guest conductor with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin (The Two Towers) and the Munich Symphony throughout Germany in 2013 (Fellowship of the Ring).
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, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, 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, Make It So, commissioned by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and Liberty Fallen, commissioned by the St. Cloud State University Wind Ensemble in conjunction with the American Composers Forum, which premiered to astounding critical success at Benson Great Hall, Minnesota. 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 Music Director of the Los Angeles Brass Ensemble and formerly held the post of Music Director of the acclaimed UCLA Brass Choir, whom he has led in performances with Sir Angel Romero, Doc Severinson and Jens Lindemann.
Mr. Freer earned both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music Composition from UCLA, where his principal composition teachers included Paul Chihara, Ian Krouse and Roger Bourland. In addition, he was mentored by legendary composer/conductor Jerry Goldsmith.