Composer Kevin Kliesch won his first Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for his work on SOFIA THE FIRST, after being nominated for the second consecutive year.

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

Kliesch 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, Kliesch was given the opportunity to compose for the Disney Junior series SOFIA THE FIRST.  His work on the series would earn Kliesch his second Annie Award nomination as well as three Daytime EMMY nominations and one Primetime EMMY nomination.  Kliesch’s recent composing projects also include Disney Channel’s TANGLED: THE SERIES, DC Comics’ animated movies SUPERMAN: UNBOUND and JUSTICE LEAGUE: WAR, along with the Walt Disney short film TANGLED EVER AFTER.

Kliesch currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their nine-year-old twins.