2017 Emerging Category Finalists. The 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest, EMERGING CATEGORY:

CINE: Here are The Finalists for The 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest- Emerging 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 EMERGING category are:

Amanda Falkenberg (United Arab Emirates)

Amanda Lee Falkenberg

Australian composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg established a relationship with music at the young age of two-and-a-half when she first began playing songs on the piano that she heard from the music of live marching bands and then transcribed them at the piano. From then on, she dedicated the next two decades perfecting her craft, winning numerous awards for her piano playing and was accepted into the performance degree at the Conservatorium of Music, South Australia. Natural progression led her to the art of scoring music to motion picture, and she has since then written for short films, feature films, theatre, documentaries and TV animation series. Her original solo piano soundtrack to the silent short film Marie was also premiered at the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Recent achievements of 2016 includes her orchestral score Mermaids Maiden Voyage winning in the Instrumental category at the Great American Song Contest where more than 1800 songwriters from 44 countries competed. Music industry jury for the 2016 Great American Song Contest stated, ‘There are some brilliant ideas throughout… Impressive instrumentation and orchestral arrangements… it’s refreshing to hear instrumentals of this calibre…’ The following month her music score for an animated short film “Jinky Jinxx and Lucky Lucy” became a finalist at the 2016 Marvin Hamlish New York film music competition where her music was selected as one of 10 finalists in a field of over 300 International entrants. That same month she was also was a finalist in the Italian International Composition Competition for two of her pieces “Gothic Gathering’ for symphony Orchestra and “The Lodore Falls of Borrowdale” for piano trio which also received its premiere in London in November 2016. In July 2017 her film composition for full symphony orchestra and choir titled “Ascension of the Sea Spirits” will receive a world premier with the Notting Hill Film Orchestra of London. With numerous awards from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) and Los Angeles Music Awards for her soundtracks have received over recent years, Falkenberg continues to devote her time between advancing her film composing skills while also educating talented pianists and composers from her current base in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Chris McGuire (Calgary, Canada)

Chris McGuire is a British film composer based in Calgary, Canada. He is an active composer for the media including feature films, short films, advertising and stock music commissions. Projects Chris have worked on have been funded by BAFTA and Arts Council UK funding. Other organisations Chris has worked with include Phoenix Films, Corona Films, Exeter Phoenix and Halogen Entertainment. Chris’ scores have been nominated for best soundtrack in regional festivals across the UK. He won the Thinkspace Education Christmas trailer competition in 2016. Chris has worked closely with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Busch ensemble. Chris is currently working on the latest feature film by James Cookson and Phoenix Films. For more information, and to get in touch with Chris please visit chrismcguiremusic.com .

Daniel Gare (Victoria, Australia)

Daniel Gare is an experienced music composer, arranger, classical vocalist and instrumentalist. As a singer, he has performed regularly with opera and music theatre companies including the Victoria State Opera, Opera Australia, Co-opera, and Melbourne Lyric Opera. An accomplished pianist, he also works regularly as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists. As a composer he has produced scores for a variety of independent films and documentaries, as well as producing incidental music for stage productions. A score he wrote for a short film entitled “Satisfaction”, received the best film score award at the Johnny Dennis Music Awards in 2007, overseen by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. Earlier, Daniel also won the best composed prize in the Soundtrack Awards, run by Music and Film Independent Artists. This award enabled him to produce a CD of original music entitled “Scenes”. Recent projects include composing a major work for choir and orchestra , Pace in Bellum, that depicts the story of the 1914 Christmas Truce on the Western Front. Daniel is also an experienced music arranger, orchestrator and conductor for a range of ensembles in diverse styles.

Danny Ryan (London, UK)

Composer Danny Ryan is currently studying for his masters in Composition for Screen as the Christopher Hogwood Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. He has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours, after having attained the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal for composition 2016. He was also the recipient of the 2014 Grindon Dearden Prize for composition, as well as the 2011 Thornbury Orchestra Composers’ Competition Winner. As a composer for film and media, Danny continually collaborates with film makers and other media composers, on projects ranging from stop-motion animation, to documentary and mobile video games. Along side this he also creates tracks for production music libraries and advertising. Danny has additionally been involved in Music Supervision and Sound Design on films, as well as Composition. Previously he has also been an assistant for composers such as Anne Nikitin, Richard Blackford and Katie Chatburn. In tandem with his media music activity, Danny works as an engraver of concert music scores. Additionally as a composer of concert music, he has been performed at the Bridgewater Hall, and many other venues, by groups such as GYJO, the RNCM Brand New Orchestra and New Ensemble, and has been workshopped by the likes of the Manchester Camerata, and the BBC Singers. From 2013 to 2016, he arranged a wealth of Pop songs for the RNCM Session Orchestra, one of which was featured on CBBC television, and he was also composer for the 2015 Manchester Theatre Awards Ceremony. Danny is always looking for new exciting projects, is thrilled by the process of collaboration and is determined to develop his career ever further.

Nic Danielson (Seattle, WA)

Nic Danielson is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sound designer based in Seattle, WA. He attended Central Washington University for a degree in classical piano, while also playing drums in rock bands at night – this led to performances with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and various bands around the USA. Recently, Nic was one of five finalists in the 2016 International Film Music Competition (as part of the Zurich Film Festival), where his work was performed by the world-class Tonhalle Orchestra, under the baton of Frank Strobel. He now spends his time writing for film/TV and advertising (e.g. DC Comics, Coca-Cola), and performing frequently with Indie art-rock band Ravenna Woods. His ultimate goal is to seek out unique film projects to which he can make a meaningful contribution through his passion for scoring.

Graham Southern (New York, NY)

Graham Southern composes music in a number of genres for various media, including video games, films, trailers, and commercials. His compositions have been featured in respected award concerts and convey a wide range of emotions and sonorities. Having also studied psychology as an undergraduate, he has a profound understanding of human motivation and emotion, which, combined with his knowledge of music theory and composition, gives him an acute sensibility for storytelling through music. One of the most inspirational quotes he has read on music was by Jerry Goldsmith, who said “Don’t score the gallop — score the fear of the rider.” In that same sense, Graham aims to go above and beyond the obvious, and looks to what he can do to further inform the story and subtext by getting in the mind of the character(s). Also, having experience as a writer who has written under different genres including satire and standup comedy, he has an appreciation for the merit that is put into storytelling, be it a film, video game, tv series, or documentary.

Marco Facchin (Bolzano, Italy)

Marco Facchin is a multi-Gold-Award winning musician, composer and producer. He studied organ, harpsichord and composition in Verona, Boston, Amsterdam. While been active as a performer in the international Early Music scene, Marco pursued a parallel career as pop-rock producer and film-music composer. He has performed around the globe, and collaborated with different artists in multiple genres.

Peter Baumann (York, UK)

Peter Baumann is currently studying for an MA in Music Production at the University of York, where, in 2016, he graduated from their BA in Music course with First Class Honours with Distinction. Alongside his academic study and composing, he is a French horn player and singer, and is currently pursuing a career in sound for film and TV. Originally from Guildford, Peter was a chorister at Guildford Cathedral and a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. During his undergraduate degree, he used his dissertation project as an opportunity to explore aspects of sound design, sound editing, and composing, working on student film, ‘The Evolution of Madagascar’. The film went on to be shown at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival where it won first prize in the student category, and Peter was awarded 100% by the University of York for his work on the project — for the first time in the history of the Department of Music. In the past year, he has written the score for six short films and is currently working on another documentary project.

Romain Frati (Metz, Lorraine, France)

I started music at seven (graduated with a piano first prize, chambre music first prize, and jazz studies) in National Conservatory of Metz (France), and obtained a cinema graduation (baccalaureat) at 18 years old. Then, I graduated with a state diploma of piano (National teaching diploma) and a Master in music for film composing in Montreal university (Uqam — Canada).

Yigit Deriga (Izmir, Turkey)

Yigit Deriga was born in Izmir in Turkey in 1988. He graduated in September 2009 from the University Opera and Music Teaching department. He has been working in a German School since 2009. Deriga plays advanced level guitar and he plays piano and drums. He has a home music studio. He uses many kinds of digital music programs. He has been composing since 2005. He composes movie music and contemporary and classical harmony.

See the finalists for the 2017 Youth 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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