HUXLEY WESTEMEIER is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, singer and composer from Minneapolis. He began formal classical piano at age 5 1/2 and pursued composing, taking state theory exams and participating in piano competitions. An original composition written at age 7, Oh, It’s Dawn, was used by the Minnesota Dance Theater for a choreographed dance for the Boys Ballet Division in their annual festival. He began acting in community theater at 7 and by age 9 he was already a veteran of professional regional theater having performed in numerous productions, most notably The Guthrie Theater’s Watch On the Rhine and The Children’s Theatre Company (with Fox Stage Productions) in Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical.
At the age of a newly turned 10 he made his First National Broadway Tour debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical as Billy (u/s Lawrence). While on tour for School of Rock at a stop in Appleton, Wisconsin he happened upon a Steinway store and began to compose as soon as he sat down in front of an inspiring grand piano. He fell in love with composing and piano again on that day and decided to make time on tour to stop to play in every city that he had access to a piano store to compose. He began working on a new full length musical during this time.
Literally the day he returned home from tour he bought his first acoustic guitar and a new journey began. Just a few months after beginning guitar and a lot of hard work rehearsals began for a brand new musical, August Rush. His first week of rehearsals in New York City, he turned 11, sang in his first Cabaret at The Green Room 42 through the Young Broadway Series and fell in love with New York. Throughout rehearsals and performances of August Rush he has been forever influenced by the entire cast of multi-instrumentalist actors/singers/composers and was fortunate to learn fingerstyle guitar with the amazing fingerstyle guitar champion Doug Smith.
His most recent highlight was performing as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra with Conductor Sarah Hicks for the show Home for the Holidays. During the last few months his latest challenge is learning a new instrument, the Oud, an Arabic folk instrument that is adding a new level to his understanding of different musical styles.
Huxley would like to find a career that will tie in his interests in film scoring, engineering, robotics and linguistics. He has two Airedale Terriers that are arguably the best dogs in the world.