Born in Rochester, MN, composer JEFF KRYKA studied music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with composers Stephen Dembski, Laura Schwendinger, and Joel Naumann, receiving his undergraduate degree in May 2006. In the fall of that year he began graduate work at the University of California-Los Angeles, studying with composers Paul Chihara, Roger Bourland, Ian Krouse, and David Lefkowitz. He received his masters degree in 2008, and his PhD in 2011. At UCLA he also studied film music with composers Charles Fox, Laura Karpman, and orchestration with Bruce Broughton.

In 2006 Jeff was named the First Prize winner of the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. His score was chosen out of a field of over 650 international participants, and judged by Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer. In 2008 Jeff was admitted into ASCAP’s prestigious Film and Television Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, where he was selected among 12 composers from 300 international applicants. As a participant, he conducted his music with the Hollywood Studio Symphony at 20th Century Fox’s Newman Scoring Stage. He was honored by the ASCAP Foundation as a recipient of the David Rose Scholarship and the RMA L.A. Grant. 

In 2010 Jeff's music was featured in the Laguna Beach Music Festival, where Maria Bachmann and Jon Klibonoff premiered his Robin Hood Fantasy, a work the Orange County Register praised as “gooey, gamboling, and heroic.” Later that year Jeff served as composer for the 39th Annual Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, in a ceremony held at the Vibiana Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Recordings of Jeff's arrangements of music by J.S. Bach for string orchestra and solo violin, featuring violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and the English Chamber Orchestra, are available on eOne Records (Spring, 2012) 

Visit www.jeffkryka.com for more information, and to hear samples of Jeff's music.