Jeff Cardoni

Jeffrey E. Cardoni[1] (born January 10, 1972) is an American composer. He is a multi-instrumentalist who studied classical piano before playing drums and guitar in numerous bands, including a brief stint with the rock band Alien Crime Syndicate.

Jeff Cardoni
Cardoni in 2017
Cardoni in 2017
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey E. Cardoni
Born (1972-01-10) January 10, 1972 (age 51)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginUnited States
GenresFilm score, electronic, rock
Occupation(s)Composer, Songwriter, Arranger, Musician
Instrument(s)Piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, percussion, musical saw, autoharp
Years active2000–present


After graduating James M. Coughlin High School, Cardoni studied engineering at Pennsylvania State University.[2][3] Cardoni is best known for his work on television projects such as CSI: Miami,[4] Silicon Valley (TV series), Ghosts (American TV series), Heels (TV series), The League, Wilfred, and film scores, such as Me Time (film), Step Up: All In, The Vicious Kind, Just Friends, Firehouse Dog, and many others. Cardoni also did the score for Open Season 3.[5]

Cardoni studied classical piano beginning age 7.[6] While touring with Alien Crime Syndicate, the group's manager suggested he enroll in UCLA film scoring classes. It was these courses that piqued Cardoni's interest in the film music industry.[6]

Cardoni has stated that his classical training has greatly informed his compositional style—whereas many composers prioritize computer technology in their scores and workflows, he prefers to work with musical instruments whenever possible, and continues to hand notate themes in his scores whenever taking on a new project.[7][8] He also identifies himself as partial to "old-fashioned"[6][9] scores that put melody above ambient sonic textures. Despite this proclivity, he recognizes that the current nature of the film music industry necessitates familiarity and fluency with various pieces of software and technology,[8] which he includes in his current studio setup.[7] Cardoni has explained that the meeting point between the worlds of technology and melodic counterpoint has informed some of his scores, including The Secret Lives of Dorks (2013).[6]

Depending on the project, Cardoni is known to use a variety of unique instruments, including bowed xylophones,[6] bowed saws and autoharps.[9]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Cardoni was nominated in 2006 for a Silver Ariel Award for Best Original Score.[10][unreliable source?]

Selected filmography[11]Edit

Year Title Notes
2022 Me Time (film) Composer
2021 Ghosts (American TV series) Composer
2021 Young Sheldon Composer
2021 Heels (TV series) Composer
2020 LA's Finest Composer
2019 Can You Keep a Secret? Composer
2019 The Kominsky Method Composer
2018 Furlough Composer
2017 Training Day Composer
2017 Girlboss Composer
2017 The Female Brain Composer
2017 Once Upon a Time in Venice Composer
2017 Bad Kids of Crestview Academy Composer
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Composer
2016 Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life Composer
2016 I Voted Composer
2016 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Composer
2016 Speechless Composer
2016 Fantastic Lies Composer
2016 The Confirmation Composer
2015-2016 The Grinder Composer
2015 The Better Half Composer
2014- Silicon Valley Composer
2014 Miss Meadows Composer
2014 Step Up: All In Composer
2014 Married Composer
2014 Helicopter Mom Composer
2014 Atari: Game Over Composer
2014 The Lottery Composer
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Composer
2013 The Secret Lives of Dorks Composer
2013 Finding Joy Composer
2012 Guns, Girls and Gambling Composer
2012 Time Machine Chefs Composer
2011-2014 Wilfred Composer
2010 Undercover Boss Composer
2010 Open Season 3 Composer
2009-2015 The League Composer
2009 The Vicious Kind Composer
2008 Miss Guided Composer
2007-2009 The Drinky Crow Show Composer
2007 Firehouse Dog Composer
2005 Just Friends Composer
2005 30 Days Composer
2005 Love for Rent Composer
2004-2011 Entourage Composer
2004-2007 Pimp My Ride Composer
2004 House of Clues Composer
2003 Where the Red Fern Grows Composer
2003-2012 CSI: Miami Composer
1995-2016 MADtv Composer


  1. ^ "Jeffrey Cardoni Phone Number, Address, Public Records | Radaris".
  2. ^[self-published source]
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Interview: Jeff Cardoni – CSI Files".
  5. ^ "Watch Full Movies Online |".
  6. ^ a b c d e Film.Music.Media (September 13, 2013), Composer Interview: Jeff Cardoni, retrieved January 17, 2017
  7. ^ a b Shop, Umlaut. "Insights from Experts: Composer Jeff Cardoni and his creative journey". Umlaut Shop. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Q&A With Composer Jeff Cardoni – Future Composer". Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Film Music Friday: Jeff Cardoni on A Perfect Man". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "Jeff Cardoni – Awards". IMDb. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "Latest Feature Film/TV Series/TV Movie Titles With Jeff Cardoni". IMDb. Retrieved January 17, 2017.

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