A Los Angeles-based composer, orchestrator, and conductor, John Jesensky has contributed a great deal to his profession throughout the course of a truly remarkable career. A graduate of the Hartt School of Music who also earned a master’s degree from NYU’s Scoring for Film and Multimedia program, John’s award-winning work has been featured at countless festivals, including Cannes Film Festival, La Gona Film Festival, and Bare Bones Festival, just to name a few.
John, who attributes much of his professional success to the academic foundation laid at the Hartt School of Music as well as New York University, benefited from opportunities to learn from a host of prominent composers and film orchestrators, including luminaries such as Sonny Kompanek, Stephen Gryc, Ira Newborn, David Macbride, Larry Alan Smith, and Joseph Turrin. Recognizing the pivotal role of these experiences in creating the foundation for the career success his has since gone on to enjoy as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor, John recently decided to enter the world of philanthropy by founding The John Jesensky Music Scholarship.
The John Jesensky Music Scholarship is intended to help aspiring music or visual/performing arts students overcome the economic challenges associated with attending an institution of higher learning. John, who regularly draws on his academic experiences from NYU and the Hartt School of Music, is committed to philanthropic endeavors designed to open the very same doors he first walked through as he began his career as a composer, conductor, and orchestrator.
In order to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship — which will be awarded on an annual basis — John asks that, in addition to being enrolled in or accepted to a music or visual/performing arts program at a four-year college/university, junior college, or vocational school, students submit a brief essay of at least 500 words in response to the following question: “What kind of impact does music really make on society?”
It is a question John himself has pondered with a great deal of depth throughout the course of his professional career, and in attempting to answer this question time and again, the exceptional composer, orchestrator, and conductor often finds himself inspired and even reinvigorated by the wonderful opportunities made possible by a career dedicated to music and film.
In addition to his philanthropic work with John Jesensky Giving, John also scores short and feature-length films as a freelance film composer, working with some of the industry’s most preeminent production companies. John is also the engraver for CineConcerts, where he is responsible for creating fully restored feature film scores for live orchestral performances.