2017 Youth Category Finalists. The 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest, YOUTH CATEGORY:

CINE: Here are The Finalists for The 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest- Youth Category! Winners will be announced June 9th!

The winners of the Marvin Hamlisch Award in the Youth and Emerging Categories will receive a trophy presented at CINE Celebrates: New York.

Acknowledging our distinguished Jurors:

Our Distinguished Jury is an accomplished group of screen-music professionals who have produced exceptional work. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to helping us honor emerging composers.

Mychael Danna
Academy Award-winning composer (Best Original Score, Life of Pi, 2012)
George S. Clinton
Multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee
Daniel Carlin
Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor, conductor and Director of Screen Scoring at University of Southern California

Alison Plante
Composer and Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music
Ronald Sadoff
Composer, music supervisor and Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt
Vasco Hexel
Composer, conductor, arranger and area leader in the Composition for Screen program at the Royal College of Music

The 2017 Finalists for the YOUTH category are:

Chance Anderson (Wylie Tx)

My name is Chance A. Anderson. While currently attending Wylie High School as a Junior, I am an aspiring film composer and have been led by mentors Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, and Mychael Danna. This past year, I have been blessed with many opportunities in the field of music such as performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, participate in a master class taught by Hans Zimmer himself, and performed in my high school’s musical orchestra. Every day I am learning new and exciting information about my compositions, performing, and music in general and hope one day to become a mentor to a young composer just like those I have today.

Natalia Chatzopoulou (Athens, Greece)

Natalia was born in August 3rd, 2000 in Greece and is currently a student in the Music School of Pallini in Athens. She is studying the piano and the cello and in her free time she is composing songs as well as original pieces for orchestra. In 2015 she participated in the Panhellenic Composition Contest X.O.N Hellas (Youth Choir and Orchestra) and was awarded the first prize for her composition ”Silence”. She is an active member of the String Ensemble in the Music School of Pallini as well as the Underground Youth Orchestra of Athens, playing the cello. Her genuine interest in film scoring led her to participate in the 5th Zurich International Film Music Competition of 2016 for short film. In addition she enjoys painting and drawing as well as writing short stories for which she composes original scores. In the near future she wishes to pursue her studies at the university, studying music composition for film.

Tim Doubinski (Sydney, Australia)

Timothy Doubinski is a 13-year-old musician from Sydney, Australia. Tim had been taught how to play the guitar since 8 years of age at an extra-curricular music school and since then has become a regularly performing electric guitarist. He has performed at venues such as; Hope Estate (The showground for an Australian rock music festival), Clubs in Auckland whilst alongside the front man of a popular Russian rock group (The accident) and Soul Central club in Sydney. He specialises in genres like; hard rock, metal, jazz, blues and neo-classical. Whilst being an electric guitarist, Tim also plays classical guitar, drums, piano and bass guitar. Tim picked up film scoring in late 2016 after paying more attention to the music films and falling in love with the idea of writing that music. He tried scoring some of his own short films and loved what he was doing so he decided to pursue it as a career. The films that influenced Tim to film score were; ‘Spirited Away’, ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Skyfall’. Tim is currently studying jazz and composition with his music teacher and had been selected to go on a U.S tour with his music school in June 2017. He is also planning on recording his personal works with his band.

Isabella Dussias (Hillsborough, NJ)

Isabella Dussias is a 14 year old composer from New Jersey who enjoys writing both classical and contemporary music.. She was a finalist in the 2016 Marvin Hamlisch Film scoring competition in the youth category. She recently received an Honorable Mention in the National Young Composer’s Challenge and her waltz, “Colors of Spring,” for full orchestra was performed at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando, Florida. She has performed her original piano solos at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Austria as part of the Golden Key music festival in 2014 and 2015 as a fourth and first degree winner, respectively. Isabella is a 2016 ASCAP finalist for Rondo Della Notte for solo piano. She has had her holiday choral piece, “It Starts with a Child” performed at schools in the greater New York City area. Isabella plays piano, violin, french horn, and clarinet in various school and community ensembles.

Robby Good (Valencia, CA)

Robby Good is a 16 year old junior from Hart High School, and a fellow in the Nancy and Barry Sanders Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program. He has had original compositions performed by the LA Phil at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, members of ICE at the Ojai Music Festival, the CSUN Wind Ensemble, and, in May 2017, the National Children’s Chorus at Royce Hall and Carnegie Hall. He began playing piano at age 6, and percussion 3 years later, and has carried them throughout high school as a member of the Hart Regiment. After taking an interest in composition and realizing the power and effect of music, especially when paired with video games and movies, and has been aspiring to become a composer for such mediums ever since.

Ben Henault (Lexington, KY)

Ben Henault is a pianist, percussionist, and composer at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. His music is deeply influenced by the musical philosophies and ideologies of Nils Frahm, along with many others. His interest in film music emerged early on from the scores of Hans Zimmer in movies like Inception, The Dark Knight, and Interstellar. Because of this, Ben attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Film Scoring Institute after being accepted last summer. Despite his interest in film music, however, Ben aspires to become a contemporary composer and performer for a variety of ensembles, ranging from acoustic to electronic, and even to drum corps.

Anja Lobnik (Maribor, Slovenia)

Anja Lobnik was born in Kranj, Slovenia, and she is living in Maribor, Slovenia, where she attends Conservatory for Music and Ballet Maribor and II. Grammar School Maribor. She was born with absolute pitch and 4 types of synesthesia. She started playing piano at the age of 5 and composing at the age of 13. When she was 14 she composed a concert for piano and symphonic orchestra. Currently she is composing a ballet “The Tinderbox” for symphonic orchestra, which is based on a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen. In 2016 she was the winner of the 1st CompComp national composition contest which was organised by British Music School of Slovenia and in 2017 she was the runner-up at the same competition. On triennial national solfeggio competition TEMSIG 2015 she received 1st prize, golden plaquette, special award for etude with accompaniment and special award for receiving all possible points. In the same year she received the 1st prize and all possible points on the 1st international solfeggio competition in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2016 she received the 1st prize and 99/100 points at the same competition. In 2016 her concertino “Le Lac Robert” for string orchestra was chosen to be performed on the Janus Festival in Maribor, Slovenia.

Emilia Matthews (Cardiff, Wales, UK)

My name is Emilia Matthews and I’m a 13 year old aspiring film scorer from Wales. I’m currently studying in high school, working towards grade 6 on piano and learning music theory. I also play the flute. I have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity and challenge of taking part in this exciting competition. It’s given me a taste of what it would be like to pursue my dream career. Powerful films have always inspired me to compose. Similarly to how I’ve written music about books and dreams. I strongly believe that music is a key component of a film. It gives the film an extra dimension by exposing the characters inner thoughts and feelings which allows the audience to feel stronger empathy, enhancing the film watching experience. Music has always played a huge role in my life. From a very young age I was exposed to a wide range of musical styles. I took a particular interest in jazz and piano sonatas and began composing solely for piano. Recently I have also taken an interest in modern music that involves substantial usage of technology. When I got access to software behind electronic music, I was immediately engulfed into the rich world of sounds that could be produced and now I’m continuously experimenting. I have also been writing pop songs for over 4 years about the feelings that come with growing up. Sometimes I think of lyrics in the middle of the night and then the next day I work on the melody and chords. I also like making my own unique arrangements of songs in the charts for fun. Even though I now find myself extremely busy with schoolwork and other activities, my love for music has only grown stronger. Composing allows me to be myself with no limits.

Magda Mazur (London, UK)

I am an aspiring composer and singer-songwriter based in London, England and originally from Poland, with dreams of making it in the music industry. I play the piano and guitar but my main instrument is the violin, which I have been playing since I was nine years old and spend my Saturday mornings playing in the local youth symphony orchestra. I also take part in the orchestra and instrument groups and projects at school, with my biggest composing achievement being co-writing and performing scene change music for a school drama production. Currently, I am working towards passing my A level exam in music and hope to go on to study music at University.

Tobias Ratka (Vienna, Austria)

Tobias grew up in a little town near Vienna, Austria. He learned to play the guitar for 7 years, taught himself how to play piano and the drums and composes music almost everyday since the age of 7. He is going to school in Baden bei Wien (Baden near Vienna) and will graduate in 2018. Tobias has already scored several short films and videos.

See the finalists for the 2017 Emerging Composers Category!

About this contest:

The film scoring contest for young composers – has been taking place for a few years now. After Composer Marvin Hamlisch received the CINE’s Legends Award in 2012 he wanted to be part of the programs that CINE has for emerging young talent. After he passed (August 6, 2012,) CINE decided to name this specific contest in his honor and contestants can participate every year with a musical score for a film that they will be given to compete. The contest has two categories: Under 18 y/o and Over 18 y/o,  to give opportunities to the very young talented composers!

Congratulations to ALL the contestants!

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest! Good Luck to all!  – Terre Blair Hamlisch.


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