Jeff Beal’s enormous contributions to prestige television, cherished comedy series, and award-winning documentary films have earned him 19 Emmy® nominations, five statuettes, and the loyalty of top filmmakers for both the big and small screen. His dark, operatic, and richly orchestrated score for the critically-lauded Netflix series House of Cards has earned him seven Emmy® nominations and the Best TV Composer of the Year Award at the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards. His fifth season music won an Emmy® for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series, and Jeff’s music for the sixth and final season was also recently nominated for an Emmy®.
Beal’s diverse voice – informed by his conservatory training and jazz background – has augmented the comedy on the long-running series Monk, and on the comedy Ugly Betty. His work has graced the high-end period dramas Carnivàle, and Rome, the horse-racing drama series Luck, and the final season of The Newsroom. His ongoing collaboration with Ed Harris has yielded scores for the actor’s directorial efforts with the biopic Pollock, and the western Appaloosa. Beal’s empathic music has complemented the real stakes of potent documentary films like Blackfish, Spirit of the Marathon, and The Queen of Versailles.
Over the course of his distinguished career, he has collaborated with such established veterans as Al Pacino, Michael Mann, Tom Hanks, Ridley Scott, Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher, Ed Harris, and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon. Beal’s other work includes An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Boston, The Putin Interviews, The Sweet Life, and Shock and Awe. Beal’s recent work is comprised of The Price of Everything, The Bleeding Edge, Bigger, Generation Wealth, Grand Hotel, and the award winning documentary The Biggest Little Farm. In addition to his screen music, Beal has written prodigiously for the concert hall, and his works have been performed by top-tier symphony orchestras and chorales around the world. He and his wife, Joan, recently paid their success forward by committing $2 million to the creation of The Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media at Eastman.