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James Peterson was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Irvine, California. He began his study of music at age nine playing the trumpet. He continued his music studies at the prestigious UCLA School of Music. James has written music for over 80 television commercials, 72 episodes of the syndicated television series Ron Hazelton’s House Calls and has composed scores for 13 films, 6 ballets, and 3 concert works, including 'Moving Images Suite' performed by the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra.
In 2009, James Peterson scored the martial arts film, The Red Canvas, directed by Kenneth Chamitoff and starring Ernie Reyes Jr., George Takei, and Maria Conchita Alonso. His incredibly ambitious score with epic orchestrations and very distinctive themes earned Peterson substantial recognition from the International Film Music Critics Association
. Peterson was awarded the 'Breakout Composer of the Year' and 'Best Original Score For An Action/Adventure Film' for the 2009 awards season.
He currently lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife Kathy and their three cats, Mongo, Tchicken, and Swen.