John Ross Jesensky

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John Ross Jesensky is a pianist and composer currently living in Los Angeles. John received a Bachelors of Music in Composition from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with such composers as Stephen Gryc, David Macbride, Larry Alan Smith, and film composer Joseph Turrin.


Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, John began to focus his skills on the art of Film Scoring. While attending New York University's film scoring program, John studied privately with renowned film orchestrator Sonny Kompanek as well as prolific film composer Ira Newborn.


Upon graduating from the Scoring for Film and Multimedia program at NYU with a Masters of Music degree, John was awarded the Elmer Bernstein Award for Film Composition. He also was the winner of the Skirball Film Scoring Competition with his score to Michael Daugherty’s short, Season’s Greetings, during his tenure at NYU. The winning piece was performed live in a concert by the NYU Orchestra.


Jesensky is currently an in-demand accompanist for several organizations specializing in genres such as opera, musical theater, jazz, and rock.  He has coached and taken part in lessons and performances with some of the most talented singers in the Los Angeles area.  He also works as a musical director and conductor for the productions he accompanies, as well as, for the orchestras he composes for.  He recently became one of the national tour assistant conductors for CineConcert productions, for whome he is also the engraver.


He is also a freelance film composer, scoring short and feature-length films as well as trailer and source music for top production companies.  Several of his short scores have made appearances and won awards at events such as the Cannes Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, L.A. Comedy Festival, Bare Bones Film Festival and La Gona Film Festival.  A recent short has been selected to appear at the L.A. Film Festival, as well as the Newport Beach Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, and the D.C. Film Festival.