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John Henry Kreitler, Composer

Biography & Credits

John Henry Kreitler is an Emmy-winning American composer of contemporary classical, film and t.v., and theatre music. He holds a B.A. in Composition from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, where he studied violin, composition and conducting before continuing his studies towards an M.M. in Composition at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati where he also taught music theory.

His concert compositions include Symphony No. 1 - The Psalms for orchestra, chorus and schola cantorum, the two-act opera Stefan-the Young,  two string quartets and numerous works for chamber orchestra, chamber music ensembles, chorus, mixed media and electronics. His recent commissions include Canciones de Vallarta, a suite for orchestra and cello commissioned by Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Don Moline, and Behold My Servant for choir, organ, brass and percussion, commissioned by First Christian Church of North Hollywood. His Perpetua for a cappella choir was a finalist in the 2019 Tokyo International Choral Composition Competition. His Conversations Beyond the Stars - inspired by the astronomical phenomenon known as "fast radio bursts" - for flute, violin and electronics, was premiered in December, 2019 by American violinist Karen Bentley Pollick and German flautist Klaus Liebetanz at the XIV Festival International de Arte in San Pancho, Mexico.

Kreitler is a founding member and composer-in-residence of Virtuosos de Cámara, a new chamber music ensemble comprised of musicians from Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, America and Canada. The ensemble's home base is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and it is focused on presenting new chamber music, cross-cultural performances, and music by Mexican composers. 2020 performances by members of the ensemble will include premieres of several new works by Kreitler, including Sonata Andalusia for two violins - a work that draws its inspiration from the music and culture of Gitanos Béticos, or Andalusian gypsies. The sonata calls on the violinists to not only play classically, but also to perform traditional palmas (hand claps) and baille (percussive footwork). Virtuosos de Cámara will also premiere his Poets End Up Living Their Madness, a suite for piano, violin, viola, flute, clarinet/sax, percussion and electronics, inspired by poems from Mexican, as well as his arrangement of the classic Mexican song by Manuel Ponce, Estrellita.

Kreitler's theatre works have been performed on stages all over America, and his film and t.v. music has been heard by audiences in over thirty countries internationally. His credits for underscore, songs and/or source music include numerous prime-time series such as Law and Order, Friends, Homicide, and Saturday Night Live, as well as the daytime dramas Passions (NBC), Guiding Light (CBS) and flims such as Material Girls (MGM) and Tribute (Lifetime).


He has won ten EMMYs, and has been awarded the prestigious BMI TV/Film Award ten times. He and his wife, percussionist/vocalist/songwriter Patsy Meyer, live in Northern Kentucky and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.