Jeff Briggs, Composer

Dr. Jeffery L. Briggs (born March 10, 1957) holds a Doctorate in Musical Composition and Theory from the University of Illinois, Master in Music from Memphis University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Composition and Theory from the Eastman School of Music. Briggs' composition teachers included Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner, Donald Freund, and John Melby.

Jeff was awarded the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky and Louis Lane Prizes for Music Composition at the Eastman School of Music, the Haimsohm Prize for Musical Composition at the University of Memphis, an ASCAP Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. Briggs has had a dual career writing music for acoustic instruments and computer games with more than 50 published titles including the original theme music for the game Civilization





“This is music most of us have listened to, or are familiar with, but have never actually heard before; that's its charm. If you've never heard the Piano Sonatas, you'll be in for a unique cultural experience as you hear how Beethoven builds inevitability into his melody and harmony."      

Jeffery Briggs - Composer/Arranger


“The Appassionata transcription ... is part of a monumental project by Briggs titled “The (New) Beethoven Quartets” which will eventually include quartet transcriptions of all 32 of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas. The Amernet Quartet is in the process of performing all the transcriptions in concerts at various sites, and will complete its part of the project, which began in March, 2015 ... in December, 2019.”

Theater Jones – North Texas Performing Arts News - February 2017