INTRODUCING ALEX KHASKIN
Alex Khaskin was born on March 26, 1960 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He received his undergraduate education at Glinka’s School for The Musically Gifted (piano and conducting), before studying composition and conducting at The St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Alex completed the postgraduate course in composition there in 1984. In addition to receiving a ‘Master's with Distinction’, he was also the winner of the St. Petersburg Young Composers’ Festival composition prize, and graduated with the highest marks in his class. Alex worked as a pianist, orchestrator, and arranger at Russia’s Lenconcert state organisation and a music director for stage, television, and recordings -- arranging and conducting for various Russian stars.
Alex regularly worked as guest conductor for the Radio and Television Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Lenfilm Stage Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Inspired to seek a career in film music, he attended master classes by the famous Russian film and classical composer Andrei Petrov. From 1985 till his immigration to Canada in 1993, Alex scored 14 theatrical and television films and documentaries. As well as writing music for film, Alex has been active as a composer of contemporary classical music. Between 1980 and 1993, he composed a symphony, a violin concerto, 2 cello concertos, concertos for piano, a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello, a string quartet, and much other chamber music, as well as choral and vocal works.
In 1993 Alex left Russia with his family and immigrated to Canada. He became a Canadian citizen in 1996 and resides in Toronto, Ontario. For the last 15 years in Canada Alex been successfully working in the film and television industry of North America. The list of his clients includes: CBS, CBC, CTV, Nelvana, Lions Gate Films, Artisan, Alliance/Atlantis, CCI Entertainment, Muse Entertainment, CINAR, Dufferin Gate, Decode Entertainment, Regent Entertainment, Legacy Film Works, Barna-Alper Productions and many more.
INTRODUCING ILIA ESHKENAZY JOSSIFOV
Ilia Jossifov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria to Jewish Bulgarian parents and started piano and violin lessons with the Bulgarian Pianist and Conductor Irina Stiglich in 1975, followed by music studies at The National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria in violin and piano.
In 1988 he studied piano, conducting, composition and singing at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany and began his illustrious career of writing compositions for film and stage.
Since 2000 he had been working and performing at The Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim.
His music is especially notable for his grand orchestral compositions suitable for high budget film productions.
INTRODUCING ROBERT NEARY
Robert Neary is a London based Composer of Production Music for TV, Film, Movies, websites, corporate media, commercials, jingles, soundtracks, DVD and advertising.
His music featured in the Oscar Nominated & Golden Globe winning Motion Picture – “The Wrestler” 2009 and recently in the award winning movie “Jeffie was here” (from the makers of “Hoodwinked”).
Robert has had successful world-wide placements in all media including TV & Radio Commercials for clients such as; MTV, Gillette (Fusion TV commercial) , Addidas, CBS, BMW, Scottish Widows, KPMG, ”Couples Retreat” DVD Trailer (US), "Valhalla Rising" DVD Trailer (UK), Vodaphone, Pepsi, Discovery.
Channel, CBS, AC/DC, Asian Excellence Awards 2008 (TV Awards), Smithsonian Network, Porsche, Adidas, Rent The Runway, Momentum Pictures, Apple I-phone app, Conde Neste, Sea to Sky (Canadian TV Doc 2009),Co-operative Pharmacy, Unilever, KPMG, Blue Beam Rally Team, Saucony, Reuters, Boeing, BAE Systems, Mpower, Grants (Glenfiddich),Save The Children, Alton Towers and many more!
INTRODUCING PETER GODFREY
UK Composer Peter Godfrey studied music at Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and today composes music for movies, television, commercials, theatre productions, art installations, websites, audiobooks and other media and education projects worldwide.
Peter has had a rich and varied musical career as a teacher, solo performer, orchestral and band musician, and musical director. More recently he teamed up with fellow musician and singer Hugh Carson to form the versatile songwriting and production team CGN Songs.
Recent placements include the feature film “Larry Crowne”, US TV shows “16 and Pregnant”, “Teen Mom 2”, “From Spain With Love” and “Long Range Pursuit”, and various projects for BBC producer Paul Olding’s independent film company Bongo Reef Pictures.
INTRODUCING BOBBY COLE
Catch 22 Music was set up by Bobby Cole. A musician and producer based in the UK. Bobby makes interesting, unique and diverse music, working from his pro recording studio, although his favourite genre to compose in is Horror / thriller. Bobby grew up with music, learning the drums at the age of 8, followed by guitar at 10, and piano at 12. He then studied for a specialist BA Hons in Music Technology, and started up a media company called Catch 22 Media. Moving on from this, Bobby now sells his music all over the world
INTRODUCING MARIO LANDEROS
Mario Landeros is a composer for film, television, and video games. He is a former student of Emmy-winning composer Wendell Yuponce (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Daisy Does America, As The World Turns).
He has worked with Golden Globe winning composer Richard Horowitz (Any Given Sunday, The Sheltering Sky, Return to Rajapur), highly acclaimed vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim (Sleeper Cell, The Last Temptation Of Christ, The Kite Runner), Frank Serafine (Star Trek, Addams Family, Hunt For Red October) and Gingger Shankar (Peter Gabriel, Passion Of The Christ, Saul Williams) on a number of projects including films, documentaries, live performances, and video games.
His music has been used in films ranging from comedy, horror, drama, science-fiction, and fantasy.
INTRODUCING DAN WEISMAYR
Dan Weismayr is a UK based composer specializing in music for Film & Media. Having studied Music Composition and Music Production at BA Hons level, and performed in a number of original, alternative rock bands, Dan is well versed in a range of musical styles. Combining creativity and originality with suitability and appropriateness, he has developed a distinct musical identity. Able to produce high-quality music for any requirements within the film & media world, Dan's credits include original scores for documentaries, animations and experimental visual-art projects, as well as his own orchestral/electronic exploratory compositions.
INTRODUCING NEIL CROSS
Neil's music is frequently licensed to film, tv and commercial productions in Hollywood and worldwide.
His credits include: motion picture, "Hostage" starring Bruce Willis; "Religulous" starring Bill Maher; "Bruno" starring Sasha Baron Cohen; various commercials for ad agencies including Saatchi and Mccann; numerous TV series including "American Chopper"; Video Games, and recent placements with MTV.
Neil is currently working on two movie soundtracks, due for international release later this year.
INTRODUCING ANDREW HENNESSEY
Andrew Hennessey (Scottish Andrew) began playing in the Scottish Fiddle orchestras in 1969, Edinburgh Highland Reels and Strathspey Society, and has played in various Folk bands from 1979 covering folk, blues, trance, Irish, Scottish and Ceilidh.
As a highly accomplished musician his compositions range from traditional Irish, Ceilidh and even Medieval music using some of the original instruments.
His recent work includes Scottishsoundscapes – mysterious sounds of life in Scotland as a backdrop for improvisation by 6 string electric fiddle, whistle and bodhran.
INTRODUCING CHARLOTTE PARTT
Charlotte is a UK based visual media composer; having studied for a music degree at the University of Huddersfield (BA Hons Level). She has scored a number of short films, which are currently being screened at various locations around the global festival circuit (these include LA, Seoul, Dublin, and London). Whilst passionate about many musical genres, she specializes in emotional score, underscore, and piano/orchestral music. Her influences include Thomas Newman, Alexandre Desplat, and Debussy (to name but a few).
INTRODUCING SERGEY RYBYTSKYY
Sergey Rybytskyy comes from the Ukraine and graduated from the Dnepropetrovsk Music College as well as receiving private lessons from talented musician and piano virtuoso Vladimir Skuratovsky.
Rybytskyy released his debut album “New Vista” and a 2nd album “In Labyrinths of the Soul” in 2012 proving how much creativity can be achieved in one year. As a virtuoso keyboard player his talent lies not only with his soaring and melodic progressive rock and neo-classical compositions, but has proved himself as a commensurate producer with a talent to mimic other instruments in a flawless and effective way.
Rybytskyy is next planning progressive interpretations of Beethoven and Bach. A young talent to watch out for!
INTRODUCING GEOFF HARVEY and CHRIS MARTYN
UK artists Geoff Harvey and Chris Martyn are experienced media composers with games and TV credits in the USA and Japan. Their compositions include Ambient, Dramatic, Japanese-style chilling soundcapes, Children's music, and Hollywood retro-comedy features. In the late 1980s, following years at Bradford University, they were members of The Escapement, a Bradford-based alternative band. Having worked together for 25 years, Geoff Harvey is a multi-instrumentalist and Chris Martyn provides the critical, painstaking production work and expertise in the latest digital techniques.
INTRODUCING BRAULIO VILLARES BARRAL
Braulio started pursuing his passion for music professionally in 1992 in Salvador, Brazil as a multi-instrumentalist. He was soon recognised for his arrangement and composition skills and was commissioned by the Potuguese tourist board as their representative for their annual musical spectacle in Angra which he arranged for 2 years in a row.
As a composer he specialises in Latin, Samba and Jazz rhythms, seamlessly blending various Brazilian styles and influences with virtuoso instrumentation.
INTRODUCING DENIS PINTARD
Denis is a French composer and lives in the south of England. Despite mainly working with soundtrack music he has recently finished his second album entitled 'Fortuity' with singer songwriter Tracey Inkson (his first album 'Reach Out' was produced for a charity event). He has also had the opportunity to collaborate with many talented artists around the world. Denis has been featured on several different radio stations worldwide, the most recent one being BBC Radio 6.
His passion for film scores stems from a childhood love of Ennio Morricone, which is still with him even today. Regardless of these early influences Denis' powerful and haunting melodies are incomparable. From melancholic piano pieces to upbeat or epic film scores Denis' compositions are suitable for any media.
INTRODUCING MARK HEWER
Mark's stunning music has been featured on CBC Television in Canada, received FM & AM radio airplay & achieved international critical acclaim as well as worldwide licensing distribution in various media & productions. Mark is a seasoned musician & songwriter who's compositions are "melodically layered journeys that are a delight to take!" says Sue Braiden at CBC Radio.
LSB is Andy Wiltshire, from England. As a guitar and bass player, Andy sculpts instrumentals using loops and creates complex and unusual sound scapes often difficult to categorise. Much can be loosely described as experimental rock, veering from indie to metal to ambient rock within a short space of time and thus to be found under the Prog/ Experimental Rock section. LSB is the ideal choice for edgy multi-faceted productions.
INTRODUCING KOMSAN VORASRISOTHORN
Komsan Vorasrisothorn is a Thai composer, sound engineer, and guitarist. Over the last six years, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in Thailand, most notably the “Season Change” (one of the most famous movies in Thailand). He has also recorded guitar and composed songs for several artist in Thailand.
Other notable works include theme music for Universiade and Nak Animation, numerous classical guitar pieces, and he served as the principal guitarist of Silpakorn Young Music Camp from 2005 to 2006; he is now the student of UCLA extension.
Komsan has won Thailand International Guitar Compettion and silver prize of Settrade in 2006.He has taught classical guitar in MCGP at Siam Paragon. Komsan has worked for RS Promotion and GMM Grammy. He also has an album with his band “Little Garden”.
INTRODUCING ROBERT LOWE
Robert Lowe's musical career began as a rock drummer. His skills have evolved over 30 years to a point now where he is a prolific and highly original writer.
His dark, epic and abstract style has been used on his own albums as well as film soundtracks, marketing presentations and videos.
He is able to deliver very specific pieces for very specific requirements of all kinds. His progressive and unusual style make him particularly attractive to game producers.