Kliesch receives nod for his score to SOFIA THE FIRST


(Los Angeles, CA – 07/16/15) On July 16th, the Television Academy announced the nominations for the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Kevin Kliesch received a nomination in Outstanding Music Composition For A Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic Score) for his work on SOFIA THE FIRST: The Curse of Princess Ivy – a special episode which aired in Primetime this past year.

Earlier this year, Kliesch earned his first EMMY at the Daytime EMMY Awards, also for SOFIA THE FIRST. Kliesch is the first composer to win a Daytime EMMY for a series and then to be nominated for a Primetime EMMY for a Special Episode of the same series.

“It was quite a shock to get woken up at 5:45am in Hawaii to be told that I’d been nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Sofia the First!” said Kliesch. “This is truly beyond an honor for me, since I took home the Daytime Emmy for Sofia the First a few months ago. I’m not sure if any composer has been nominated for the same show in the same year in two different Emmy awards shows – but I’d be elated to be the first! Huge thanks to the Television Academy for this unbelievable honor.”

About Kevin Kliesch:
Composer Kevin Kliesch earned his first EMMY® Award this year, the second consecutive Daytime EMMY® nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for his work on the Disney Junior series SOFIA THE FIRST.

Originally from New Jersey, Kevin is a graduate of, and former instructor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A multi-instrumentalist, Kevin plays piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, and saxophone.

Kevin has worked as a composer and orchestrator on over 100 feature films spanning the past seventeen years, including Frozen, The Hangover, Tangled and Shrek Forever After. He parlayed his success as an orchestrator to composing, where he has found success in the animation genre – receiving his first Annie Award nomination for his work on the Thundercats series in 2012. That year he earned two more nominations from BSO Spirit for their Jerry Goldsmith Awards in Best Television score (Thundercats) and Breakout Composer of the Year.

Having worked on many successful Disney properties as an orchestrator, Kevin was given the opportunity to compose for the Disney Junior series Sofia the First. His work on the series would earn him his second Annie Award nomination as well as his second Daytime EMMY nomination. Kevin’s recent composing projects also include DC Comics’ animated movies Superman: Unbound and Justice League: War, along with the Walt Disney short film Tangled Ever After.

Kevin currently resides in Valencia, CA with his wife and their seven-year-old twins.

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