Born and raised in Green Bay, WI Jeff had a love for music at an early age. Throughout his middle school and high school years he learned piano, trombone, drums, and guitar. Through playing different instruments Jeff fell in love with the ability to use music as a means of true emotional expression, which ignited a passion to continually learn the language of music and music composition.

With a strong desire to score films, Kurtenacker graduated with honors from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) with a self-designed degree combining the music composition degree with recording studio technology. Afterwards he moved to Los Angeles to further his music education by attending UCLA Extension Film Scoring program. While attending UCLA Extension he got a job at Media Ventures/Remote Control (Hans Zimmer’s company). Getting an inside look at one of the most sought after film composers working today was inspiring and sobering. Jeff honed the craft of composing for media, and eventually got an opportunity to be a choral arranger on Warcraft 3 for Blizzard Entertainment.

Jeff continued to work in the video game industry – working on titles such as World of Warcraft, Pirates of the Burning Sea, Dreamworks’ Igor, Assault Heroes 2, American Idol, Cate West, and many more.

In 2008 Jeff joined Carbine Studios as a sound designer, and moved into the Lead Composer role in 2011. He is currently the Audio Department Manager and still the Lead Composer at Carbine Studios – and composed, orchestrated, and conducted a 75-piece orchestra in recording over 9 hours of music for Carbine’s MMORPG "WildStar Online."

Jeff lives in Southern California with his wife and two kids.



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