BRAD WARNAAR (b 1950 )
Brad Warnaar began his career following a more or less traditional path for a classical musician: training as a horn player at respected institutions (Interlochen Arts Academy, Eastman School of Music) and performing as a member of such ensembles as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. He also played for other Canadian ensembles and Rob McConnell’s acclaimed big band, The Boss Brass.
But in 1980 Warnaar relocated to Los Angeles to focus his efforts on the entertainment industry. He has worked in the studio with some of the biggest names in popular music and jazz, and he has played on more than a thousand film scores, while continuing his connections to the classical world by playing frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Warnaar’s prolific film and commercial work includes orchestrating music for some of the Fast and Furious movies and “ghost-writing” for other composers. Writing a concerto for his own instrument inspired Warnaar to draw on the wide range of musical styles he has encountered throughout his career. His Horn Concerto, he explains, betrays the influences of “Minimalism, jazz, rock, pandiatonicism, polytonality, and atonality.”