Jon Opstad is a London-based composer, working across film, television, contemporary dance and concert music. His music often combines contemporary classical elements with electronics, merging acoustic instrumentation with both modern and vintage electronic instruments and techniques.
Jon’s scores include two episodes of Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed dystopian drama Black Mirror (White Bear, and the feature-length special White Christmas starring Jon Hamm); 10-part Amazon Prime dystopian sci-fi drama The Feed; 5-part BBC period drama The Woman In White; two seasons of crime thriller We Hunt Together; powerful BBC feature documentary Surviving 9/11 (for which the score was nominated for a Music & Sound Award in 2022); hit Netflix documentary series Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99; and since early 2018 being the composer for the major Ubisoft video game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, taking the place of original composers Ben Frost and Paul Haslinger.
Other television scores include the second series of ITV thriller Safe House; 5-part BBC thriller Thirteen; the acclaimed BAFTA-winning Channel 4 docudrama The Murder Detectives; BAFTA-winning BBC single drama Don’t Take My Baby from writer Jack Thorne; BAFTA-nominated TV movie Cyberbully; Channel 4’s The Watchman; and the Savile episode of Louis Theroux’s hard-hitting documentary series for BBC Two.
In 2022 Jon worked in an “additional music” role on Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi for Lucasfilm, working with composer Natalie Holt.
Jon studied music at Cambridge University and film music at the National Film & Television School. After graduating he began his career by working extensively as an additional music composer, programmer and orchestrator for a range of composers including Jocelyn Pook, Max Richter, Martin Phipps, Ruth Barrett, Sheridan Tongue and Richard Thomas, across many film, television and stage projects. Jon was also additional music composer for the Oscar-nominated film Theeb.
Jon’s composition “Blue Sky, White Clouds”, for string quintet and piano, was released as a single on Deutsche Grammophon in 2020. In 2022 he released the album Extensions: Music for Computer-Controlled Prepared Piano, an album of compositions entirely recorded with a Yamaha U3 Disklavier (an upright piano that can be controlled via computer) using a mixture of acoustic preparation and electronic processing techniques.
Jon was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2014, in the Stage Works category, for his score for contemporary dance work Ignis, combining solo violin with electronics. He was the winner of the 2011 Presteigne Festival competition for composers. Radio broadcasts of his music include BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, In Tune and Unclassified programmes, as well as New Sounds on New York radio station WNYC, for which Jon was interviewed discussing his music in 2015.