CINE: Here are The Finalists for The 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest- Emerging Category! Winners will be announced June 26th!
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.
JUDGES 2018 CONTEST — EMERGING CATEGORY:
Emmy Award-winning composer (Batman Beyond)
George S. Clinton:
Multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee
Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor, conductor and Director of Screen Scoring at University of Southern California
JUDGES 2018 CONTEST— YOUTH CATEGORY:
Composer and Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music
Composer, music supervisor and Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt
Composer, conductor, arranger and area leader in the Composition for Screen program at the Royal College of Music
The 2018 Finalists for the EMERGING category are:
University of Hertfordshire / Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
I am a British composer and sound designer from Gloucester, currently studying ‘Music Composition and Technology for Film and Games’ in Hatfield, Herts. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t interested in music in general. I picked up the guitar when I was five, and I’ve been involved in an orchestra and many choirs over the years too — even performing as part of the Gloucestershire Massed Ensemble in the ‘Music for Youth’ Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. I now work as a guitar teacher alongside my studies. My fascination with soundtracks possibly began with Disney films as a child (and to be honest, even now). Later I discovered the brilliant works of John Williams in the Star Wars movies as a gateway drug into the film-music fandom. I like to think my compositions portray my own unique voice, but I am certainly inspired by John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, and many more. DANIEL CAPON
Los Angeles, CA. — USA
Beau Cassidy is a Los Angeles based composer, editor and ARIA nominated songwriter. Born in Sydney, Australia, he spent 10 years as a recording and touring artist and as the singer/guitarist/songwriter for the band Starky he released two acclaimed albums for Universal Music, ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’ (2003) and ‘Starky’ (2006). In 2007 he was nominated for an ARIA (Australian Record Industry Awards) for Breakthrough Single for his song ‘Hey Bang Bang’. He currently releases music under the name CASTRATII, a collaboration with Sydney-based musician Jonathan Wilson. Their most recent album ‘Eora’, a musical rendering of the Australian landscape, was released in 2013 to much critical acclaim.
Carantec, Brittany, France
Self-taught of the music, I’m a professional musician since 1990. Keyboard player of the Brittany’s traditional music band “Sonerien Du” since 1995. I played a lot of shows in Europe. But I am an enthusiast of Film music since my childhood and I decided 4 years ago to work also on the music in the image. I have written music for dance shows, but also for small short films, documentaries or animations, for small productions.
Rory Finn is a 25 year old Music Composer who has been attempting to break through the industry for the last couple of years, after taking a break from Chemistry since graduating from the University of Warwick in 2015. He is a keen pianist who has accompanied for choirs, schools, ensembles and theatre groups over the years, and has always had a passion for music for film and composing since high school. RORY FINN
Waukesha, WI, USA
Zachary J. Moore (b. 1992) is an American composer and arranger, and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. Zach, who is a native resident of Wisconsin, attended Muskego High School and began composing in 2009 at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has had the opportunity to take master classes and guidance from some of the world’s leading choral composers including Eric Barnum, Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Ethan Wickman, Timothy Takach and Jake Runestad. From 2013 to the present, Zach has received an increasing amount of commissions from both choral and instrumental ensembles all over the world. In 2014 the North Central American Choral Directors Association commissioned him for their project, “A Community That Sings.” More recently, he was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Ensemble to write his first ever instrumental work, In Memoriam, for their 2016 performance at the CBDNA North Central Regional Conference. In addition to his numerous domestic commissions, Zach has also received two international commissions as well, the most recent being for the Cheong Gong High School Male Choir, winners of the 2013 International Busan Choral Competition. Zach also served as the 2014–2016 composer-in-residence to The Eau Claire Master Singers. The residency was comprised of five new commissions, one being The Fall of Rome, commissioned for the Franklin D. Roosevelt 75th Anniversary Concert held in Washington D.C., 2016. Aside from commissions, Zach’s compositions have received prestigious performances at state conventions, including Music Educator Association Conventions (Nebraska ‑2014, Florida – 2015/2017 and Connecticut 2017), American Choral Director’s Association Conferences (Florida — 2015, North Central Choral Director’s Association Regional Conference — 2014 and California Central Division — 2016). Internationally, Zach’s works have been performed in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, with the most recent notable performance being by the Taipei Youth Choir (2015) at the Taipei National Concert Hall. Throughout Zach’s career as a composer, he has received distinguished awards for his compositions. In 2010 his first composition received third place in the Wisconsin Student Music Association’s Student Composition Project. More recently, in 2014, he submitted an entry to the renowned American Prize national competition, earning third place as well. For information regarding scores and commissioning please visit: Zachary J. Moore .
Los Angeles, CA
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Benjamin Moy chose to pursue music composition for film and other media because he feels strongly that the marriage of image and sound creates extraordinary experiences and pushes the boundaries of the way each of us experience life. He is a self-proclaimed “Film Music Addict,” having been obsessed with original film scores from a young age. Benjamin has worked on and created music for several projects, and he currently hosts the mildly successful niche podcast “Hooked On Score.” He has a Bachelor of Musical Arts from DePauw University and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Music Composition for the Screen. Benjamin currently creates in Los Angeles, California. BENJAMIN MOY
I grew up Liverpool, England and developed a love for music from listening to 80s rock records with my dad. I started playing music from the age of 7 and quickly developed a deep interest and life long passion. I picked up the violin, sax and piano and played in various ensembles around the country, but what drew my attention the most was an old music computer set up in my school’s music room where I spent hours on lunch breaks experimenting. My life long passion is to create music, but I didn’t have the confidence when I was a school leaver to pursue it as a career, but now seeing how people have made it in the profession through their individuality and ingenuity I am determined to pursue my passion.
I´m Jan Rossa and I live in Heidelberg in Germany. Thanks to my parents I started playing the piano when I was five years old. First I played solo piano pieces and had some experience on stage after a short while. Soon I had the opportunity to take part in a jazz band at school and a few years later some of my class mates and I started an own project. Our nice music teachers were very helpful and gave us the chance to play on stage at a couple of public events. After some time my father taught me in playing the guitar as a second instrument and I began to make own compositions using my computer and midi instruments the first time. I had some of them on my youtube channel and so last year part of my music was used in an independent short movie. Now I´m glad to have the chance to take part in your scoring contest, since I realized that writing and producing film scores is what I love. I hope you like it. Jan Rossa.
Los Angeles, CA
A lifelong musician, Daniel Slatkin has explored a multitude of music, from turntable deejaying to performing piano with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the University of Southern California and UCLA Extension’s Film Scoring program, he translates this knowledge and experience into his original work, generating diverse emotional content. A traditionally orchestral style, he aims to keep his music fresh and simple, influenced from current genres, with modern instruments added to create unique color. Born into a musical family, his musical sense is rooted in his being. His father, conductor Leonard Slatkin, and grandparents, violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, have each made major contributions to the classical and film music industries. DANIEL SLATKIN
Michael Bryan Stein
UCLA / Los Angeles, CA, USA
As a versatile and skillful composer working in film, Michael Bryan Stein’s love of storytelling has afforded him the opportunity to work on films spanning many genres. His recent projects, Gladys Brown, Tit for Tat, and Your Favorite Place are all currently making rounds at film festivals throughout the United States. In 2012, under the guidance of Grammy Award-Winning Composer, Richard Danielpour, Michael was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music for his Masters degree in classical composition. In April of 2014, the Manhattan School of Music Composers’ Orchestra gave the world premiere of his first orchestral piece, Darkness Over the City. Having continued his studies toward becoming a first-rate composer, in 2017 Michael was accepted to UCLA for a Ph.D. in Music Composition with a Specialization in Visual Media. Working as a collaborator who tastefully mixes his love of filmmaking with an eclectic musical background, Michael has become a sought after film composer living in Los Angeles, California. Michael Bryan Stein.
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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 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest! Good Luck to all! – Terre Blair Hamlisch.