John Kaefer
John Kaefer
Biographical information
Born October 1, 1976[1]
Origin Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
Occupation(s) Composer
Quantum Break
Production Role Composer
Worked on Quantum Break (TV series)[2]

John Kaefer is a American television and film composer.[1] He provided the score for the television series, Quantum Break.[2]


Kaefer is a doctoral graduate of The Juilliard School and also earned degrees in composition from Yale University (MM)[3] and the Eastman School of Music (BM).[4][5]

Kaefer began his professional television music career during his time at The Juilliard School, where he composed the music for the TV mini-series Dance School: Juilliard.[1] He then went on to compose the scores for several short films, including To Kill A Bore and They Say It’s Wonderful in 2006, and In Pursuit of Woody Allen in 2007.[1] In 2007, he provided additional music for another short, Room Service, as well as for his first feature film, Mama’s Boy. He also began working on ABC’s Good Morning America, co-composing the theme music and the rest of the score until 2012. Kaefer also co-composed the music for Good Morning America Weekend Edition.[6][1]

In 2009, Kaefer composed for another short film, Forget Me Not, and contributed the theme music for Focus Earth with Bob Woodruff. That year, he also composed the thematic music package for ABC’s hour-long news magazine, 20/20.[7][1]

In 2010, Kaefer composed his second full-length film score for the crime-drama The Rise and Fall of Their American Dream and for another short, Lily of the Feast.[1] He was credited as music programmer and orchestrator for the film One Fall in 2011. In 2012, Kaefer composed for another short, Pandora’s Box, and ended his time with Good Morning America and Good Morning America Weekend Edition.[8]

In 2013, Kaefer provided the theme music for Primetime: Would You Fall for That?. He also scored his first documentary, A Polite Bribe.[9] In 2014, Kaefer worked on the series, Sequestered, the first season of which aired on the Crackle network.[10] He composed the music for his second documentary by Robert Orlando, Silence Patton, the following year in 2015.[9]

Kaefer worked on the score for the live-action episodes of Quantum Break, a third-person shooter action game released for the Xbox One on April 5, 2016.[6] He composed the music for the Fullscreen series, Making Moves, released April 26, 2016, and the theme music for The Kidnapping of a Fish.[1]


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