Jeff Beal is an American composer of music for film, media, and the concert hall. Beal’s commissioned works have been performed by many leading orchestras and conductors, including the St. Louis (Marin Alsop), Rochester, Pacific (Carl St. Clair), Frankfurt, Munich, and Detroit (Neeme Jaarvi) symphony orchestras. Steven Schneider for the New York Times wrote of "the richness of Beal's musical thinking [...] his compositions often capture the liveliness and unpredictability of the best improvisation.” Beal’s seven solo CDs, including Three Graces, Contemplations (Triloka) Red Shift (Koch Jazz), and Liberation (Island Records) established him as a respected recording artist and composer.
Beal has received thirteen prime time Emmy nominations for his music, and has won three statues. His score and theme for Netflix drama, House of Cards, has received three prime time Emmy Award nominations. His other notable films have included Blackfish, The Queen of Versailles, Pollock, Last Call at the Oasis, In the Realms of the Unreal. Other scores of note include his dramatic music for HBO’s acclaimed series Carnivale and Rome, as well as his comedic score and theme for the detective series, Monk. Beal composes, orchestrates, conducts, records and mixes his own scores, which gives his music a very personal, distinctive touch.
He also mentors and encourages young composers as a participant in the Sundance Film Composer seminars and as a guest lecturer at conservatories and universities.