Kurt Bestor, composer/performer

USASalt Lake City


My approach to classical music:

I find that the boundaries established in academic classical music studies to be incredibly limited and so I have a hard time classifying my music as Baroque, Classical, Impressionistic, or even Jazz. So, I just draw from all the composers and styles that have influenced me through the years and enjoy mixing various styles. I also enjoy world influences in classical music (like Bulgarian folk singing, Balinese gamelans, Tuvan throat singing, etc) and like mixing these sounds and instruments in my western classical music.


Kurt Bestor, an Emmy-Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, is known for the incredible range of musical genres in which he excels. From his full orchestral film scores for IMAX movies like Great American West and Sedona to cutting edge synth compositions for television shows and video games, there's virtually no style he hasn't composed. Bestor's music is played by orchestras, bands, and singers the world over. His popular anthem "Prayer of the Children" is still one of the most sung choir songs in the world and is currently being covered by American Idol finalist David Archuleta and the iconic rock group Three Dog Night. When not composing, Bestor performs his traditional holiday show to sold-out audiences in the Intermountain West and his classical compositions and orchestral pops shows with various orchestras throughout the world.
He and his wife, Petrina, and daughter Ella make their home in the mountains of Utah.