Born in San Diego, California, Brooks Radtke grew up performing as a pianist, vocalist, and occasional guitar player for various local bands. In 2011, he began arranging tunes and hymns for musical groups and for a cappella choirs while learning more about conducting and leading small ensembles.
Brooks earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Azusa Pacific University, with an emphasis in “Commercial Composition and Arranging.” During his time at the university, Brooks studied piano and composition under the guide of arranger and pianist, Mark Gasbarro, who played a role in exposing the young composer to various musical vocabularies. Brooks would also study orchestration and scoring for film and television under film score orchestrator, Mike Watts. In addition to finding mentorship under these role models, Brooks has worked for other notable talents such as composer J.A.C. Redford, along with various composing talents at Remote Control Productions in Santa Monica, CA.
Brooks is extensively pursuing composition and arranging within various mediums, including scoring for film and media entertainment, video games, the performing arts, including opera and oratorios, musical theater, and classical ballet and contemporary dance, and for diverse concert ensembles and performance works.
In May of 2016, the young composer featured his first full-length contemporary dance work in collaboration with Juilliard alumni and choreographer, Michael Marquez. [a]maze, a 45 minute piece, was a site-specific work performed at Tregoning and Company, an art gallery in Cleveland, OH.
With experience in writing for film and television, Brooks has composed for digital media, several independent short films, one of which was featured at the Writer’s Guild Theater in Los Angeles (2015), and has worked as arranger and orchestrator for a television intro for the Trinity Broadcasting Network (2013).
Brooks currently resides in Los Angeles.