Composer Jonathan Beard has received commissions or performances by an esteemed group of ensembles and artists, including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Pacific Symphony of Orange County, the Colorado Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale chamber singers, Antonio Lysy, and Vince Mendoza, among others.
Recent composition projects include The Passion of Anne Frank for the Los Angeles Master Chorale Oratorio Project; ioso at the 2015 Hear Now Music Festival; Love Is/Not for a collaboration between Icelandic women’s choir Graduale Nobili, Jodie Landau, and wild Up; a new work for the Contemporary Performance Collective; and the original score for Stewart Schill’s acclaimed feature film Frank vs. God. He is currently working on a one-act electroacoustic operetta based on The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
As part of an emerging generation of young west-coast composers who have grown up intrinsically steeped in both orchestral and electronic sound, Jonathan greatly enjoys creating not only for the concert stage, but for mixed media as well. Much of his work is infused with boutique electronic sound design, and his compositions and orchestrations have accompanied TV shows across all major broadcast television networks, numerous feature films, and theater.
Jonathan is presently the composer-in-residence at the Sierra Madre Playhouse, where his original score for Driving Miss Daisy was recently nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award. Jonathan holds degrees from UCLA and Stanford, and is currently a lecturer on the faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. More information can be found at www.jonathanbeard.com.