Composer Kevin Kliesch earned a Daytime EMMY® award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition and a Primetime EMMY award nomination for his work on the Disney Junior series SOFIA THE FIRST.
Originally from New Jersey, Kevin is a graduate of, and former instructor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A multi-instrumentalist, Kevin plays piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, and saxophone.
Kevin has worked as a composer and orchestrator on over 100 feature films spanning the past seventeen years, including Frozen, The Hangover, Tangled and Shrek Forever After. He parlayed his success as an orchestrator to composing, where he has found success in the animation genre – receiving his first Annie Award nomination for his work on the Thundercats series in 2012. That year he earned two more nominations from BSO Spirit for their Jerry Goldsmith Awards in Best Television score (Thundercats) and Breakout Composer of the Year.
Having worked on many successful Disney properties as an orchestrator, Kevin was given the opportunity to compose for the Disney Junior series Sofia the First. His work on the series would earn him his second Annie Award nomination as well as his second Daytime EMMY nomination. Kevin’s recent composing projects also include DC Comics’ animated movies Superman: Unbound and Justice League: War, along with the Walt Disney short film Tangled Ever After.
Kevin currently resides in Valencia, CA with his wife and their seven-year-old twins.