Jon Lee: Capitalist Turned Composer

profile picSo how does one of the top television-scoring professionals in the business get to where he is today? 

If you’re Jon Lee, first you run a hedge fund for 15 or 20 years…

Huh?

You’ll have to forgive Jon for not taking a more traditional route to the top of the film and television-scoring business. He found his true calling a bit later in life than most. But that hasn’t stopped him from making quite a name for himself in the field.

Although Jon started out in finance, it became a job he ended up “totally hating.” During his last few years in the business, he decided to do something about it and began pursuing his avocation: learning to play music. He took piano lessons, which eventually led him to composing. With the music bug firmly in his system, he soon enrolled at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studied with many well-established composers.

Jon got his Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, marking the formal end of his career in finance, and set out to land some initial gigs. He soon connected with fellow USC alum Timothy Michael Wynn, a hardcore SONAR user who co-founded the music production company Sonic Fuel. Jon went to work with Tim and his partner Chris Lennertz for about a year, “’til they kicked me out and said ‘go get a career,’” as Jon jokingly recalls.

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Motown Records: ‘The Best of William Goldstein’

Recording artist, composer and award-winning producer William Goldstein is celebrating the Motown Records release of ‘The Best of William Goldstein,’ now available worldwide. This SONAR 7 fan is credited with over 50 film and television projects. His scores include those of FAME, Guys and Dolls, The Miracle Worker, and Twilight Zone. Since 1975, Goldstein has composed music for numerous documentaries, mini-series, television specials, concert scores, and professes the arts of ‘Improvisation and the Creative Process’ in his own masterclass. He is also the founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California. With no sign of slowing down, Goldstein in currently working on two musicals in New York City as well as working on a variety of film projects. To hear the new album and learn more about the accomplished William Goldstein, visit http://www.williamgoldstein.com/.