“That we are able to preserve and present some of the most cherished music in the history of our craft is both exhilarating and humbling,” said Freer. “There is little film music as instantly recognizable as Nino Rota’s opening music played on trumpet, and only a handful of films as masterfully made as The Godfather. The marriage of these two masterpieces on stage live will be something to remember.”

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 professional conducting debut at age sixteen.

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.

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 most well known concert halls, festivals, 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 and 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.

As a conductor Freer has appeared with some of the most well known orchestras in the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony and in upcoming seasons he will guest conduct the orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, London, Dublin, Toronto, Montreal and others.

As a classical record 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.

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.

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 and is the Founder and President of CineConcerts, a company dedicated to the preservation and concert presentation of film, TV and media music set to picture.