John Kefala-Kerr was born in 1958. His mixed Anglo-Greek origin has had a strong influence upon his creative development. He studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London where he was awarded the School Composition Prize, and then at the University of Sussex. His work has earned him a number of awards including the Arts Council Dio Award, the RVW Trust Contemporary Music Award, a Centre Acanthes Scholarship, several Arts Council bursaries and an Electroacoustic Music Composition Scholarship to work at the EMS Studio in Stockholm.
Commissioned scores include concert works for the New Chamber Players, Epsilon Wind Quintet, English Brass Ensemble, Northern Sax Quartet and the Northern Sinfonia. He has also composed music for several UK dance and theatre companies, as well as a number of soundtracks for animated films. His pieces have been performed at festivals and venues in the UK, Italy, Belgium and the USA. In 1994, he formed The Karaoke Opera Company (KOPCo) - a devising and performing outfit with "the aspirations of grand opera and the ad hoc spontaneity of karaoke."