Christopher Lennertz was born in a small town north of Boston, in the same area as one of his heroes, famed American composer Leonard Bernstein. He then moved to Easton, Pennsylvania, where he began his musical training at age 9. After studying composition, jazz arranging, and theory in high school, Mr. Lennertz moved to California to study music at USC’s Thornton School of music with filmmusic luminaries such as Elmer Bernstein, Buddy Baker, Christopher Young, and David Raksin.
Upon Graduation, Mr. Lennertz began his professional career writing a host of independent film scores spanning all musical and dramatic styles. From the Jazz-based gangster film Baby Face Nelson, featuring Academy-Award winner F. Murray Abraham, to the youthful comedy Freshmen…from Artisan Entertainment’s Lured Innocence, with Dennis Hopper, to the film festival favorite Art House…Lennertz dove into a multitude of genres and styles. His films have premiered and/or won awards at such film festivals as Sundance, Slamdance, HBO’s Comedy Arts Festival, Toronto, and Cannes.
While scoring independent films he also ventured into the world of big budget studio features contributing orchestrations, arranging, and conducting experience to such hits as Frailty, Panic, Free Willy II, The Jungle Book, and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians. In the past few years, Mr. Lennertz has delved into television as well, scoring the cult Fox TV series, Brimstone, and the Warner Brother’s show The Strip , produced by the legendary Joel Silver (Die-Hard, The Matrix).
His comedy feature, The Fourth Tenor, was released in New York and LA this past fall by Warner Brothers and Franchise pictures. His soundtrack for Clive Barker’s Saint Sinner was one of Cinescape’s top 15 releases of 2002 and was rated in the top ten by Film Music Review. His full-blown orchestral score for the blockbuster video game Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, created by Steven Spielberg won the Interactive Academy Award for best original music of 2003. His arranging work with the City of Prague orchestra on the current Ozomatli album, Street Signs, just won the Grammy award for best Latin Rock album of the year. Back by Midnight with Randy Quaid, as well as the irreverent latin comedy, Tortilla Heaven, starring George Lopez are due out this summer and look for Myriad Pictures’ The Deal starring Selma Blair and Christian Slater next.
At only 33 years old, Mr. Lennertz has scored 23 feature films, 3 network television series, and has spent weeks on the Billboard top 100 charts. He has studied with some of history’s finest masters in the art of film scoring and lent his music to the dramatic performances of both Emmy and Academy-Award winners. Mr. Lennertz currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California and is represented by First Artists Management.