james peterson

james peterson

bio//

 

educated at the ucla school of music, and an adjunct faculty member at santa monica college-emeritus college since 2002, james peterson has an extensive background in composing music for media. he has composed music for more than eighty television commercials, seventy-two episodes  of abc's ron hazleton's house calls as well as fifteen motion pictures including the red canvas, margarine wars as well as additional music for the goya-nominated film and score tad, the lost explorer.  his concert work moving images suite was recorded by the prague filmharmonic orchestra and was featured at the 82nd annual academy awards.  james was named breakout composer of the year by the international film music critics association (ifmca) and won best action adventure score for the red canvas the same year. recently he has turned his attention to the concert stage.  in 2016 he received the pittsburgh symphony orchestra's heinz audience of the future award and they premiered his work americana at the heinz hall. he lives in santa monica with his wife kathy, his son keanu and their cats, dragon, lola and chewie.

“you must hear this! it’s been a while since i’ve met a composer whose talent is exploding to greatness, and just waiting to be discovered.  james peterson is he. listen and i know you will agree.”

 

-christopher young 

composer 

spiderman 3, ghost rider, the hurricane

 

awards/nominations

pittsburgh symphony orchestra

audience of the future award for "americana" (2016)

 

salford international composition competition

finalist - 3rd place

 

international film music critics association (ifmca)  

breakout composer of the year

 

international film music critics association (ifmca)

best action adventure score "the red canvas"

 

international film music critics association (ifmca)

nomination film music composition of the year "ballet for brawlers"

 

movie music uk

newcomer of the year

 

bso goldspirit

jerry goldsmith breakout composer of the year

 

goya nomination

best score "tad, the lost explorer”

 

works

electronic//

entropy wins

identity chemicals

 

orchestra//

redshift

americana

moving images suite

 

wind ensemble//

molecular machines

 

chamber//

tetrahedron

rose-colored glasses

 

film music//

fleur

actor? a documentary

step 16

money fight aka the red canvas

tad, the lost explorer

margarine wars

zombies and assholes

the hunted

on one night

palms

screed

quietus: to the new world

zombie rights!

the babysitter

the great bazaars

empires of steam

shattered

for billy

ron hazelton's house calls

 

 

 

“i have been very pleased to meet james peterson personally after having thoroughly listened to his music.  james is an accomplished composer per se, he knows how to harmonize, to develop, to orchestrate, he has got all the skills and the taste which make a perfect composer. in addition to his talent, he has a great understanding of the pictures and how the music could marry it in the best way possible.  it's very refreshing to hear a new, talented and bold composer arriving in the film music space.”

 

-gabriel yared  

academy award winning composer  

"the english patient," "the talented mr. ripley," "the lives of others,” "cold mountain"

"james peterson's raucous yet delicately balanced score for the red canvas is like a dozen hypodermic shots of vitamin B injected straight into your bloodstream. the rush of awe that sweeps through you upon your maiden listen is both immediate and impressive."

 

-scorekeeper

ain't it cool news

 

discography

 

"the red canvas must be embraced and celebrated, and why young, massively talented composers like james peterson need to be lauded; debuts as good as this don’t come along very often."

 

 

-jonathan broxton

movie music uk

 

"when i first heard james peterson's score for 'red canvas' i was blown away by the sheer enthusiasm and distinct voice of his orchestral writing. a lot of film music is criticized for sounding like all other film music - but here is a fresh voice who writes for big orchestra like few others in his generation."  

 

-mikael carlsson 

executive producer movie score media

 

"the red canvas soundtrack delivers powerful blows and a knock out punch that packs quite a wallop.  if rosza, herrmann, north and all of the other film score heavyweights were still with us, they would be on their feet cheering with delight at this score."  

 

-david coscina

film score monthly

 

 

orchestra music

redshift  (2015)

3.3.3.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timp; 3 perc; hp; str (9 min) //

 

redshift - james Peterson
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americana  (2009/2016 version)

3.3.3.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timp; 3 perc; hp; str (4 min) / premiere pittsburgh symphony orchestra /

winner of pittsburgh symphony orchestra heinz audience of the future award (2016)//

 

americana - james peterson
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moving images suite  (2009)

3.3.3.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timp; 3 perc; hp; str (22 min) / prague filmharmonic orchestra / featured at the 82nd annual academy awards //

moving images suite - james peterson
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electronic music

 
 

wind ensemble music

molecular machines  (2016)

2fl.2ob.2bsn.3bbcl.1bscl.2asx.2tsx.1bsx.3tpt.4hrn.3tbn.1btbn.1euph.1tuba.timp. + 4perc / (4 min) //

 

molecular machines - james peterson
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chamber music

tetrahedron (2015)

fl.ob.cl.bsn. // (3 min) //  premiere chamber music palisades

tetrahedron - james peterson
00:00 / 00:00

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