Jonathan Beard

Jonathan Beard, Composer and Orchestrator

Jonathan Beard creates music for media and the concert stage. As a composer, his recent projects include scoring the feature film Frank vs. God; serving on the composing teams for video games Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Old Republic: Knights Of The Fallen Empire; and guest-composing for ABC’s Once Upon A Time. For the stage, Jonathan co-composed the oratorio The Passion Of Anne Frank for the Los Angeles Master Chorale as part of their Voices Within residency, and his original theatre-score for Driving Miss Daisy received an NAACP Theatre Award nomination. He also recently completed the I-Park Foundation Artist Residency for his in-progress electroacoustic opera Cesare, Child Of Night.

One of the most sought-after orchestrators in Los Angeles, Jonathan values collaboration with other composers very deeply. He has worked closely with composers Junkie XL (Deadpool; Run All Night) and Bear McCreary (10 Cloverfield Lane; Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) for many years on numerous film, television, and video game projects, and more recently with composers including Abel Korzeniowski (Penny Dreadful), Heitor Pereira (Despicable Me 3) and Gordy Haab (Star Wars: Battlefront), among others.

Jonathan holds music composition degrees from Stanford and UCLA, and is committed to music education: in 2011 he joined the faculty of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and he is a longtime supporter of Education Through Music – Los Angeles, currently serving on their Associates Board. His score album for Frank vs. God is set to arrive in the spring of 2017 from Lakeshore Records.