Jason Livesay began his music career at the age of eight when he started playing the violin, studying with Mildred Lloyd, Chen Yang, Dick Walker, and Todor Pelev. By the time he graduated from high school, he was performing professionally, had won a national violin competition, and was composing for full orchestra. He attended Azusa Pacific University where he studied violin with Ruth Meints and composition with Phil Shackleton. He later studied film scoring at UCLA, conducting with Jorge Mester, and voice with Calvin Remsberg and Michael Skidgel.
Jason's employed assistantship with composer Lee Sanders for CBS Television's "The Amazing Race" opened the door to many working relationships in the film industry. Since that time, Jason has teamed with his twin brother Nolan to compose for Dreamworks, Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, MGM, Warner Brothers, FoxFaith Films, Nickelodeon, CBS, and MTV, winning a Gold Classic Telly Award for "Best Music." He has over 40 film and television credits, including the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" DVD special features, the original score for the feature films "Bounty" starring Peter Sherayko and "Chasing the Green" starring William Devane, original music for the award-winning feature documentary "Dear Francis", additional music and orchestration for the feature film "One Night with the King" starring Peter O'Toole, and electronic programming for Disney/Pixar's "Burn-e" (an animated short to be released with "Wall-e"). Jason also holds a conducting position with the Golden State Pops Orchestra, and has premiered his own original concert works with the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra, the Sonus Quartet, the Golden State Pops Orchestra, the APU Symphony Orchestra, and the Michael Skidgel Singers.
As a violinist, Jason has performed with many regional orchestras, including the Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony, the San Bernardino Symphony, the Torrance Symphony, the YMF Debut Orchestra, the Golden State Pops Orchestra (assistant concertmaster), and also works freelance for albums and movie scores. He has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Segerstrom Concert Hall, and Perth Concert Hall in Scotland; he has worked with such conductors as John Williams and Michael Tilson Thomas; he has accompanied such artists as Josh Groban, Peter Cetera, Bela Fleck, Linda Eder, Jubilant Sykes, Merv Griffin, Tony Danza, and Chris Botti; he has also been seen on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. Jason and his brother Nolan have formed a unique electric violin duo, sharing their blend of original and popular music all over the world, having opened for artists such as Sheryl Crow, Smash Mouth, Huey Lewis, Ace Young, and Starship. They have appeared in Las Vegas and as headliners on first-rate luxury cruise lines. (www.livesaymusic.com)
Jason lives in Southern California with his wife Hayden and two daughters Ashton and Morgan.