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Irvine Young Concert Artists
Irvine Young Concert Artists
Jeffrey Alan Jones
IYCA 2008-2009 Season
Film composer Chanda Dancy is known for her rich musical scores, providing engaging music for films playing in festivals such as Cannes Film Festival, Tribecca Film Festival, Sundance, and Slamdance. Besides composing, Chanda is also a versatile multi-instrumentalist and gifted vocalist, having performed across the United States.
Chanda is a recipient of the 2002 BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship for Aspiring Film Composers and the 2004 APM/YMF Music Business Award, where she was honored alongside great film composer, John Williams. In 2009, Chanda was selected for the prestigious Sundance Film Composer Lab. Over the last decade she has become sought after for her own signature sound and dramatic point of view.
Chanda is most noted for her collaboration with filmmaker Ted Chung on films such as “A Thousand Words”, “Mike’s”, and “I.D”. She also scored the Peruvian movie “La Navaja de Don Juan”, “Unmentionables” and the horror film directed by Ning Jungwu, “Lift to Hell,” which saw huge box office success in China.
Chanda is also the founder and president of CYD Post (pronounced “sid”), a company dedicated to providing music and sound artistry for films and various other multimedia platforms.
IYCA is excited to work twice with Chanda Dancy this season on her scores for Wong Fu Everything Before Us and a feature film in 2017.
With more than twenty years of experience in the musical field, pianist and composer Giuseppe Lupis frequently appears in the United States, South America, and Europe.
His programs range from baroque to contemporary and from jazz to his own compositions and arrangements of popular music. Lupis is known for his explorations of unique repertoire and he is one of the few pianists to have performed solo piano monographies by George Gershwin and Keith Emerson.
As soloist, Lupis has appeared with the Lviv, Latvian, and Bari Symphonies, the GVSU and UGA Symphony, and the Ascoli Chamber Orchestra. His live DVD recording with guitarist Scotty Anderson was released in 2008. His compact disc of Gershwin solo works (Phoenix label, 2000) was declared “exceptional” by musicologist Alberto Cantù in Il Giornale (Milan, Italy).
As composer, Lupis aims at restoring the prominence piano enjoyed in the 19th Century by featuring the peculiar characteristics of the instrument. His piano works have been performed and broadcast across five continents (Berlin Philharmonic, BBC, etc.). An active scholar, he has presented and performed extensively in regional and international conferences, including South Korea, Finland, and the United States.
Prior to his appointment at Aquinas College, Lupis has served for over twenty years on the faculty of Italian conservatories, music schools, and American universities. Additionally, Lupis has given masterclasses at The Gilmore KeysFest (Kalamazoo, MI), Penn State University, Valdosta State University, University of Southern Mississippi; Sookmyung Women’s University (Seoul, South Korea), Chopin Music Lyceum (Krakow, Poland), and Volyn State University (Lutsk, Ukraine); and has taught at Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), the Ascoli Piceno Festival (Italy), and the Vale Veneto Festival (Brazil).
Lupis is also active as event organizer. His Grumo Festival & Opera Tour brings together international faculty and students for a series of concerts across Italy each year. In 2012 Lupis received the Gioconda Smile Award and the patronage of the Apulia Region for his promotion of Apulian culture in the world.
A former pupil of renowned concert pianist Aldo Ciccolini, Lupis holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Georgia, and a piano performance degree earned with highest honors at the Bari Conservatory, Italy. He is a recipient of the 2005 Franz Liszt Award and the 2003 Concerto Competition Award at the University of Georgia, Winner of the 1993 Macerata Feltria piano competition, and Second Prize winner of the 1989 Italian National Béla Bartók piano competition. For his research on Keith Emerson’s music, Lupis received a 2007 Excellence in Research Award from the University of Georgia.
Holly Amber Church had a love of film music from a very early age. She would sit in front of her grandmother’s old record player and listen to James Horner’s score for An American Tail over and over, marveling that all the magnificent sounds she heard were made up of many individual instruments in an orchestra. She began composing pieces for the piano at a very young age and wrote her first orchestral composition at age 16. It was after hearing that first piece played by a live orchestra that she realized she was hooked and composition was what she had to do.
Holly has scored many films including the viral hit and epic sci-fi short film Archetype created by concept artist, creature designer and director, Aaron Sims. She wrote the gritty score for Padraig Reynolds’ crime thriller/horror feature Rites of Spring, which was released by IFC Midnight with Screamworks Records releasing the official score soundtrack on their label. Holly’s current projects include the supernatural horror/thriller film Worry Dolls once again collaborating with director Padraig Reynolds, the documentary "Delta Justice: The Islenos Trappers War" with New Orleans director David DuBos, the romantic dramedy "Tribute to Fluffy" and the cerebral sci-fi thriller "Clew".
Holly was a finalist in the Turner Classic Movies National Young Film Composers Competition twice and took home the award for “Best Score” at the 2006 Shockerfest Film Festival for her orchestral, epic score for Berserker. She has been fortunate to work with some of Hollywood's great film composers including Christopher Young. Holly attended the University of Southern California’s prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Televsion program and prior to that studied music theory and composition at Pepperdine University. She was recently selected as one of just twelve participants in the 2014 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis.
IYCA 2014-15 Season
IYCA 2013-14 Season
Originally hailing from Beijing, China, Nan Zhang is a Los Angeles-based composer for film and television. She has been working as a songwriter and composer for visual media for over a decade. Having recently graduated from the acclaimed Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California, Nan acquired specialization in the genre of Film Scoring. Prior to USC, she completed her Bachelor studies in Recording Engineering from Communication University of China and also she studied Practical Composition at Central Conservatory of Music.
Nan started playing piano when she was 4 years old and composed her very first piano piece at age five. Nan began her music career with her first song published during her college. Her strong enthusiasm in music led her to step away from the stable role of a recording engineer in China Central Television and became an independent composer.
Nan has composed many songs for A-list Chinese singers including China Super Girl Chris Lee and Emmy Nominated Chinese actress Zhou Xun. She also gained the honor of broadcasting her song Farewell Carmen on the spring festival gala of China Central Television to an audience of over one billion. This song also won the Top Ten Golden Melody award from Chinese Original Song Awards and Entertainment for People Awards in 2004. Another composition "Give Me Five" performed by Li Yu Chun (Chris Lee) won the Best Song award from the Chinese Original Pop Music Charts.
In recent years, most of Nan's work has been focused on composition for Commercials, Fashion videos, TV series and films. With her unique, fresh ideas and innovative techniques in both classical and electronic music, Nan has gained a reputation in composing for high standard fashion brands, such as Canon, GUESS, BVLGARI, Cartier, Levi's, FILA, BMW, INFINITI, Absolut Vodka and so on.
She is also a lover of exploring new countries, having travelled around the world from Europe, North America to Asia. According to Nan, real art is born from real life, and a real life is always an amazing journey.
Edward Underhill is a composer equally comfortable in the realms of film scoring, songwriting, and concert music, whose scores have been heard in the festival circuit, in the US and beyond, on PBS Television, and Off Broadway. Recent projects include Sin Dolor (directed by Joe Greco, 2012), which has screened at festivals across the country, the documentary feature To The Light (directed by Yuanchen Liu, 2011), winner of the Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award, and music for Off Broadway productions of Hamlet and The Winter's Tale (directed by Steve M. Boyle). Edward's score for the animated short Sucker (Bethany Heimbigner, 2010) won the Skirball Film Scoring Competition and was performed and recorded by the NYU Symphony Orchestra in March 2010. In April 2010, Edward was named the recipient of the Alan Menken Scholar Award.
Music composition became Edward's focus after the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra premiered hisLord of the Rings symphony when he was fifteen. The piece was later performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Edward went on to receive several commissions while still in high school, including for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony's ongoing John Downey Creation Project and the St. Roberts' Children's Choir. Edward graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a B. Mus. in 2009, where he studied with Lewis Nielson, and completed his master's degree in the NYU Film Scoring program in May 2011, where he studied with Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Naked Gun). Edward has also studied songwriting with Phil Galdston, Billy Seidman, and Alex Forbes, and jazz composition and arranging with Rich Shemaria. He has written and recorded a number of pop songs in a variety of styles. His more recent concert work includes the chamber piece Through Adversity..., which was selected for the Oberlin Composers' Honors Concert, and Requiem Evangeline, a post-apocalyptic piece for four singers and three percussionists, which received its debut at Oberlin in 2009 and was later performed a second time in New York by the NYU Percussion Ensemble.
Edward is also a conductor and cellist. He has studied conducting with Dr. David Becker, Dr. David Wroe, and David Spear, and has conducted a number of recording sessions with ensembles ranging from nine players to full orchestra, as well as ensembles in concert settings. He has been playing cello since he was five years old, and has performed on a number of his own scores, including To The Light, bringing with him a background in improvisation and influences that range from Irish folk to traditional Chinese music.
Recently, Edward collaborated with friend and fellow composer Matt Bukaty on The Hunger Games Music Project, which began when Edward and Matt wondered what a musical universe for Suzanne Collins's best-selling trilogy might sound like. They have now written two "unofficial soundtracks" for the story, featuring orchestral textures and a number of solo performers. Both volumes have already received international attention and are swiftly developing a worldwide fan base. You can listen to the music and read about the project online at: hungergamesmusic.weebly.com
Edward is a member of ASCAP. Find him on IMDb. He is based in Los Angeles, California.
IYCA 2010-11 Season
Jungmin Lee is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger and orchestrator of music.
At 5 years old she began her training in classical music, having developed perfect pitch, and by high school she was also privately studying composition and classical vocal technique. She went on to receive a Master’s in Music Education in 2006 and wrote her thesis titled,
“A Study on Understanding the Film Music and Appreciation Guidance:
With a focus on film music by John Williams”. She decided to take some courses on writing music for film at Yon-sei University in 2008, and entered Berklee after receiving a scholarship from the North American Scholarship Tour. She is currently attending the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at the University of Southern California.
USC Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles, CA)
Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television 2016
Pianist at Berendo Street Baptist Church (Los Angeles, CA)
12/2013 - Present
Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
Bachelor of Music in Film Scoring, 2012
Yonsei University (Seoul, South Korea)
Continuing Education in Film Music, 2009
Keimyung University (Daegu, Korea)
Master of Music Education, 2006
Keimyung University (Daegu, Korea)
Bachelor of Music, 2002
IYCA 2016-17 Season
Holly Amber Church conducting IYCA at Capitol Records (2014)
Kostas Christides was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He started his musical studies when he was six years old. When he finished high school he moved to London and graduated from the London College of Music where he studied Piano, Composition and Orchestration and also received his Masters degree in Composition. He is also a graduate of the University of Southern California's Advanced Studies Program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.
Being passionate about film music since he was teenager - when he started his over 1200 soundtracks collection-, Kostas commenced working in various projects right after school.
With numerous credits to his name as a composer of original scores and an orchestrator, Christides' accomplishments have included among others, compositions for the films, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, Love Happens (Universal), Black Tulip (Fox), Perkins 14 (Lions Gate), Dark Ride (Lions Gate), The Drone Virus, 29 Reasons To Run, Eduart, Crime Time Animation Series and orchestrations for, The Hurricane (Universal), Spiderman 3 (Sony Pictures), Wonder Boys (Paramount), Swordfish (Warner Bros.), The Shipping News (Miramax), The Core (Paramount), The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (Sony Pictures), and Untraceable(Paramount).
Kostas has been awarded for "Best Original Music" at Bare Bone International Film Festival and "Best Impact Of Music" at Park City Film Music Festival for his work in the film "29 Reasons To Run"
He has also received, the "Best Original Score" award at the "Greek State Film Awards 2006" for his work in the German-Greek production "Eduart".
Nathan Wang conducting IYCA at Village Studios in 2014
IYCA FILM COMPOSERS
Holly Amber Church
IYCA 2014-15 Season
Devin S. Norris is a Composer/Pianist in the Los Angeles Area.
Devin worked as a contributing composer for the Emmy Nominated A&E TV show Born This Way's second season. He has also been involved in orchestration and copy work with channels such as The Disney Channel (Phineas & Ferb) and Nickelodeon. His music can also be heard on TV shows such as CBS Sports Spectacular (Keys to the Masters), March Madness Team Confidential, and The Pigman (the sportsman channel).
He has also composed string arrangements for Grammy winning artist Faith Evans’ album, Incomparable, in which tracks from the album were nominated for a 2016 Grammy for best R&B performance. He also co-composed the music for the short film "Dominio" which appeared as the 2016 International Selection in the Stockholm Screen Dance Festival, and won best dance short at the Oxford Film Festival. He has also composed a string arrangement for the immensely popular band, The Common Kings, recording artist Clinton Sparks, and Benny Briggs. In addition, Devin’s string arrangements can be found on throughout the entire E.P. of the band Asleep at the Gate.
Devin has served as the musical director and keyboardist for hip hop artist Ollie Gabriel, touring world wide with him. Devin also appeared on television show Jane the Virgin, playing piano in the band of David Bisbal. He has played in numerous bands and showcases across the world.
Devin Orchestrated and Musically Directed the premiere of the play The Creation of the World at Orange Coast College.
In contemporary jazz, Devin won the 2013 Angel City Young Artist Competition, co-leading a group and composing, which culminated in a performance at the Angel City Jazz Festival at Los Angeles County Museum of the Arts (LACMA).
While Devin enjoys playing and composing all kinds of music, he has a particular affinity for strings. This being the case, his own project, which he calls the Devin S. Norris Chamber Jazz Ensemble, creates the perfect mix between through composed classical music, and the freedom of Jazz. This ensemble consists of a string quartet, which the music is all written by Devin, and a jazz trio, drums bass and piano.
When not playing or composing music, Devin is an avid fan of baseball, in particular the Dodgers, and loves to surf and play all sports.
IYCA worked with Devin Norris at Capitol Records (2011) and Eastwest Studios (2014). We are looking forwards to recording several exciting albums of Devin's arrangements.
Composer Joseph Cooper was born in Southern California but spent the majority of his life in Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2007 with a BA in Music and a Minor in Philosophy. He completed his graduate studies at Columbia College (Chicago) where he earned his MFA in Music Composition for the Screen, a program which Robert Kraft, President of Music at Fox, called “a new industry standard for film scoring programs…and becoming the envy of other higher education institutions as it continues to innovate and expand.”
Joseph’s musical career began as a clarinetist in 1991 but eventually shifted to piano and the French horn during his undergraduate years. Throughout high school, he was actively involved in several ensembles and the marching band. He is still an avid fan of marching band and drum corp music. A colorguard technician, Joseph helped design several high schools color guard groups in his homestate of Oklahoma. He is an alumnus of Black Gold Winter Guard (1999-2002). Mr. Cooper resides now in Los Angeles.
In Dec 2013, Joseph Cooper worked with IYCA in their 2012 The Christmas Album. His arrangements for YouTube sensations Jason Chen and Clara Chung has received international acclaim.
IYCA 2016-17 Season
Andrew Edwards conducting IYCA at Bridge Studios (2012)
Devin Norris leading IYCA at Eastwest Studios (2013)
Dara Taylor is an HMMA-Nominated composer for film and multimedia based in Los Angeles. She has composed music for a wide variety of genres from Indie comedies, dramas, and thrillers, to the Lifetime reality series Child Genius, and has also worked in the music department for large studio productions like The Wedding Ringer, Horrible Bosses 2, Ride Along 2 and ABC's Agent Carter and Galavant.
Dara, born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in Lockport, NY, spent most of her formative years in gospel church choirs as well as school choruses, bands, and musicals. Primarily a vocalist, she studied classical voice as a Mezzo-Soprano under Judith Kellock at Cornell University. Throughout college Dara became increasingly drawn towards composition and studied independently with Zachary Wadsworth, then Steven Stucky. After graduating cum laude in Music and Psychology from Cornell, Dara went on to study Film Music Composition under Mark Suozzo at New York University where she received a Masters of Music.
In 2015, she was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her score on the film Undetectable.
Dara currently lives in Los Angeles, CA working on multiple independent projects and is highly active in the composing community.
IYCA is excited to work with Dara Taylor in 2017 at Capitol Records.
IYCA 2016-2017 Season
Fabrizio Mancinelli conducting IYCA at St. Episcopal Church (2014)
Jeffery Alan Jones has enjoyed a prolific and varied career as a composer, pianist, producer, sound designer, and conductor. He has composed a variety of music for both stage and screen including orchestral arrangements for The Hollywood Symphony, The Hollywood Pops Orchestra, and The Chicago Pops Orchestra. He also arranged all of the music for "A Tribute to MGM Musicals," performed by The Culver City Civic Light Opera. Mr. Jones composed original music for "The Jade Pirate," an original Wushu show featuring "The Beijing Wushu Team." Most recently, he has worked with Diana Ross in composing and arranging music for her 2010 concert tour.
As a prolific film composer, Mr. Jones has scored original music for over 100 films including "King of Fighters," "The Gold Retrievers," "Inside," "The Shark Tank Redemption," "Net Games," "Neverland," and "Dog Tags," as well as music for several television commercials including Nike, Samsonite, Discovery, and Microsoft. His extensive background in music composition infuses his stunning sound designs and 5.1 surround sound mixing capabilities, which can be heard in video games such as, "Apache," "Ghostbusters," "Spyro," John Woo's, "Stranglehold," "Lost Planet," "Turok," "Prototype," "Fear," "Mortal Kombat," "Tony Hawk," and many others. In addition, Mr. Jones has produced many albums with original music including "Love's Never Been So Nice," Take Me to Your Love," and the international success "Peace Poem." A recent winner of the Los Angeles Composer Competition, Mr. Jones was commissioned to conduct his orchestral composition "Cinema Fantastic" with the National Chinese Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, China. Mr. Jones also was a winner of the John Lennon Songwriting award with his song "My Dream."
Mr. Jones has performed internationally including France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden, England, China, and South America. He has toured Taiwan performing concerts including Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Titanic. He has conducted various music ensembles including The Royal Pacific Symphony, The Hollywood Pops Orchestra, The Long Beach Chamber Ensemble, and various film recording orchestras. Over the past three years, Mr. Jones has conducted The National Chinese Orchestra in several concerts featuring his original music as well music from Broadway shows and Hollywood movies. He also leads The Jeff Jones Trio and performs regularly with his jazz group, "The Jeff Jones Trio." His jazz group was named the "Best Jazz Group" in The People's Choice Awards of Long Beach in 2005.
Mr. Jones is the owner and CEO of Alan Audio Works, Inc., which specializes in creating Music, Sound Design and Audio Post for film, television, and multimedia projects. His highly in demand recording studio operates at two studio branches, one in Hollywood and the other in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Jones has worked with many talented actors including Cameron Diaz, Kevin Spacey, Maggie Q, Billy Zane, Steve Guttenberg, Amanda Plummer and Ed Asner.
Mr. Jones has taught music classes in Theory, Harmony, and Musicianship at California State University, Long Beach and at both Rancho Santiago College and Santa Ana College where he taught Composition and Piano Performance. Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Masters of Music in Composition with honors from the California State University, Long Beach and an artist diploma in Composition and Piano Performance from the Dick Grove School of Music. His studies have also included film composition at the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition, Mr. Jones has studied music privately with William Motzing, Brad Kiemach, Robert Drasnin, Edith Hirshtal, Julian Musafia, Robert Stevens, and Terry Trotter.
IYCA 2013-14 Season
IYCA 2016-2017 Season
Andrew Edwards is a Chicago-based film and theatre composer. He is the owner of the Blue Police Box Music studio on Chicago’s north side, and an adjunct professor of film music in Columbia College Chicago’s MFA Music Composition for the Screen program.
As a film composer, Drew has composed the music for a number of feature length films and documentaries, including: A Message from the East (2009), Fate Accompli (2012), Bailout (2012), and the indie coming-of-age film, Scary Normal (2013). In 2014, he completed work on the anticipated feature documentary, Alex & Ali, which has gone on to win both audience and jury awards at film festivals around the world. He also recently finished the scores for the short films Mike India Alpha (2013), Safe Word (2014), and the amazing shorts Bowes Academy & Get The F K Outta Paris (2015) with Director Greg Emetaz. In addition to these projects, he also completed the music for the short films Knockdown, Angle of Incidence: Cranaë, and Imaginary, in 2015.
Coming up, he is preparing to work on the feature films, Market Value, Sin Verité, and Angle of Incidence, along with the short film, Spell Claire, next year.
In 2015, Drew completed the music and sound design for the forthcoming video game, Paper Wings, and is currently working on the music and sound design for the forthcoming therapeutic video game, Soteria, with the Play 4 Change group.
Mr. Edwards is the composer for the web series’ Trep Life (Inc. Magazine) and Dorkumentary TV, and his work has been heard on television and in theatres across the country in the trailers for Bride Flight, Peabody & Sherman, and Promised Land, as well as in many national commercials. Drew created the music and sound design for the original audio dramas, Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles – The Wanderer (Big Finish Productions/BBC), and Graceless II (Big Finish). Additionally, he has contributed music and sound for the General Admission and Nerdette podcasts, as well as the Curious City broadcast, for WBEZ radio.
From 2008-2012, he was the Composer-in-Residence for Chicago Tap Theatre. In collaboration with the company – and award-winning Artistic Director Mark Yonally – he wrote the music for three full-length “Tap Opera” story shows: Little Dead Riding Hood (2009), Eyes Without A Face (2012), and Love Taps (2010), which was remounted in 2014. He also provided original music and sound design for The Hourglass and The Poisoned Pen (2008) and Changes (2011), in addition to several original pieces for holiday and concert performances. In his last year with CTT, he established and music directed their first live touring ensemble, performing regularly with them across the country. Drew recently completed his first collaboration with tap-dancer Martin Bronson, and has worked with choreographers Richard Ashworth, Kendra Jorstad, and Lin Shook Schalek.
His concert piece, The Glacier Sequence, premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2011 by the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and continues to be a staple of their repertoire.
Drew’s music has been heard on the theatre stage for many years, including two original full-length musicals with Jennifer Bechtel, Scarlet Lines: A Gothic Musical (1997) & Kala: A Musical Faerie Tale (2003), and the twisted one-man cabaret show, Fitz & Walloughs Get It In The End! (2007), with Micah Bucey and Paul Hagen. He composed the incidental music for Athena Theatre’s productions of Metamorphoses (2008, LA) and True West (2010, NYC), as well as original music for productions of The Laramie Project (NYC, 2006), The Skriker(UIUC, 1995), Wait Until Dark (UIUC, 1996), and many more.
Drew studied film and video game music with former Disney music executive Andy Hill, Composers Ilya Levinson, Mike Reagan, Lennie Moore, Sebastian Huydts, and Jeff Rona, and conducting with acclaimed conductor, Eimear Noone. His orchestral scores have been recorded at the LA Sound Gallery and The Bridge Recording in Los Angeles, and – in Chicago – at CRC and Wall2Wall Studios.
The Blue Police Box Music studio has been privileged to receive some of the most talented artists in Chicago for recording sessions and cocktails, including Sirena, Duo Controverso, Ryan Muncy, Habib Wardak, Kim Sopata, Robert Reinhart, Samantha O’Connell, Annette Bjorling, Phillip Serna, Zeshan Bagewadi, Rachel Serber, Nathaniel Geiger, and many more.
Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Music Composition for the Screen from Columbia College Chicago.
Nathan Wang is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood and Asian cinema. Prolific and versatile, he has written music for Jackie Chan movies, Steven Spielberg documentaries, live-action and animated movies for Disney, Dreamworks and Sony studios. His compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphoniy Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and the Chicago Symphony.
Wang's musical journey began with classical music, when he started playing piano at the age of three with his mother's encouragement. His father soon introduced him to jazz artists, and after studying composition with famed composer Morten Lauridsen at the University of Southern California at nine, he graduated from U.S.C at the tender age of 13.
After opting for a general education from Pomona College instead of going to a music conservatory, he received a Fulbright scholarship to continue music graduate studies at Oxford University, England. He excelled in music composition and piano performance overseas, and once he returned to the states, the young pianist began playing at a bar in a popular five-star restaurant, where one of his fans turned out to be a producer for the TV show "China Beach." Doors opened, and Wang eventually became a composer for that show before moving on to write for "Eek! The Cat" on Fox, "Toonsylvania" for DreamWorks Animation, the television series "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures" and many Spielberg projects.
A collaboration with Hans Zimmer on the music for Steven Spielberg's "The Last Days" won an Academy Award for best documentary in 1999. Nathan was awarded the Singapore Grammy for "Best Arrangement of a Song" for his work on Faye Wong's song "I Trust You." He was also commissioned to write an opera in 2000 for Los Angeles Opera, spearheaded by Artistic Director Placido Domingo. Nathan received an Emmy for "Best Arrangement of a Song" for the award winning Showtime show "Reefer Madness." In 2011, Nathan won another Emmy for the documentary film he wrote "The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club"
Since then, Nathan has been entrenched in television and film, working with wonderful directors such as Andy Fickman ("She's the Man" by Dreamworks, and Disney films "The Game Plan" and "You Again") and Kevin Murphy (television series "Valentine" and "Hellcats"). He also composed for the award winning films "One Six Right", "The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club," and the Spanish film "Maktub." Nathan was also chosen by the eminent John Williams to co-compose for John Kerry's documentary film shown at the National Democratic Convention in 2004. In the following year, Nathan saw his musical "Imelda" go to off-Broadway, after it premiered in Los Angeles two years before to sold-out audiences.
Nathan has also been busy working overseas, scoring movies starring international names such as Zhang Ziyi ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,") Wang Leehom, Ji-Seob So, Aaron Kwok and Norika Fujiwara. He has just finished a 72 episode Chinese television series about the life of General Yue Fei. Because of the outstanding music written for the television series, Nathan was commissioned to write an overture, symphony and suite for Erhu and Orchestra based on themes and melodies composed for this series. The concert wasextremely successful and as a result, Nathan has been conmissioned to write another symphonic work for the Shanhai Philiharmonic in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
Grumo Festival 2012-2014
George Shaw conducting IYCA at Capitol Records (2012)
IYCA 2012-2013 Season
Murat Seljuk is a Turkish composer based in Los Angeles. His passion for music began with Depeche Mode covers on a 16 channel Roland synthesizer out of his bedroom. Soon he attended to the Istanbul University State Conservatory in clarinet performance major. He had an impressive career as a performer. He performed with the major symphonic orchestras in Istanbul.
In 2011 he shifted gears and traveled to France, to attend the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régionale d’Annecy in composition major, where he collaborated with documentary directors from Cinédoc Paris Films and on animation projects from ArtFx Studios, École Pivaut and Gobelins L’école De L’image.
Two years later Murat attended University of Southern California’s highly-competitive film scoring program in Los Angeles. There he worked closely with Christopher Young ( Hellraiser, Drag Me To Hell, Spider Man3), Garry Schyman (BioShock, Dante’s Inferno), Bruce Broughton, Jack Smalley and was personally mentored by James Newton Howard (The Sixth Sense, King Kong, The Village, Maleficent).
Murat has scored for several video games, including Ahistoric and Apophis and the mobile app game Mythsmash. He has also worked closely with composer Ramin Djawadi of Game of Thrones, on projects such as Dracula Untold and The Strain.
His score for the short movie The Pines, earned him a nomination in Southern Australian Screen Awards 2015 in Best Original Music category.
George Shaw is a classically trained composer, who specializes in orchestral thematic music for film, television, video games and online content. He is a huge geek who grew up loving comic books, cartoons, Sci-fi/Fantasy/Adventure films, and imagined being a superhero to pass time on family road trips. He loves John Williams and listened to many of his soundtracks as a kid.
YouTube videos featuring George’s music have amassed over 150 million views. George co-wrote “Ode to Geeks” with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, composes for Geek & Sundry including Wil Wheaton’s popular TABLETOP show, music directs the Geekie Awards, and created the viral hit STAR WARS MUSICAL which was viewed over 120,000 times in the first week of its release, followed up by Netflix Musical which stars Harry Shum Jr. and Chrissa Sparkles.
Other collaborations with top YouTube personalities include NigaHiga, Kevjumba, Wong Fu Productions, Michelle Phan, Jeremy Lin, the Fung Brothers, and Harry Shum Jr. (GLEE). George has also had collaborations with popular musical artists: David Choi, Clara C, Jason Chen, Abraham Lim, Paul Dateh and Dawen.
George’s range of work also covers 17 feature film credits, custom music for trailers (including Lionsgate's "Peacock"), over 60 short films, and video games. George composed the score for the NigaHiga & Wong Fu featurette AGENTS OF SECRET STUFF, which garnered over three million views in the first five days of its release. In 2014, George wrote and produced the STAR WARS MUSICAL (DISNEY PARODY), which was viewed over 120,000 times in the first week of its release.
George’s latest feature is BABY STEPS, produced by Oscar-nominated Li-Kong Hsu, producer of Ang Lee's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Past features include HANG LOOSE, starring Kevin “Kevjumba” Wu, Dante Basco (Rufio from Spielberg's HOOK, & voice of Prince Zuko in AVATAR: LAST AIRBENDER), and Justin Chon (TWILIGHT), UPLOADED: THE ASIAN AMERICAN MOVEMENT, a documentary about a generation of Asian American artists finding a voice through new media (which also features George as an interviewee), and FLASHBACK, a time travel adventure/comedy entirely shot on green screen and made by 3 guys working in their garage over an 8 year period. George's TV work includes producing tracks for performances on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, and licensing music to SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER, MOMMA'S BOY, MY ANTONIO and OBSESSED.
In addition to composing, George orchestrates, working on noteworthy films including GHOST RIDER, THE DARWIN AWARDS, KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG and ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES. George also composes for TABLETOP, the show about Tabletop gaming from geek icon Wil Wheaton and Geek & Sundry. He is also the musical director for The Geekie Awards, which in it's inaugural year honored Stan Lee with the lifetime achievement award (presented by Seth Green), and Nathan Fillion with the Geek of the Year award.
George studied composition and film scoring at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, taking part in its world-class Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. While there, he studied composition with Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett and Stephen Hartke. He was selected to participate in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the BMI Conducting Workshop. In 2007, he was a Film Independent Project: Involve fellow, a filmmaker mentorship program that paired him with Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz (REVOLUTION, HORRIBLE BOSSES, MASS EFFECT 3, SUPERNATURAL).
George plays clarinet, piano, guitar and a variety of exotic woodwind instruments from around the world. He resides in Los Angeles, where, in his limited free time, he can surf and snowboard in the same day. His plans for world domination include earning an EGOT, becoming more famous than Irish-playwright George Bernard Shaw, and perfecting time travel.
Fabrizio was born in Italy and was always strongly attracted to music since he was a young boy. Opera and film music were his first musical loves.
Following the passionate advice of two-time Pulitzer Award recipient Composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Fabrizio enrolled in the Composition Program at the Conservatory "A.Casella" of L'Aquila in 1997, where he graduated with honors in both Composition and Conducting in 2006.
In 2006 and 2007, Fabrizio was awarded two scholarships that provided him with the unique opportunity to study film scoring under Academy Award-winning composer Luis Bacalov at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He received the Merit Diploma in film scoring in 2007.
In 2008, Fabrizio was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Grant and the M. Vinciguerra Fund Award. Pursuant to the Fulbright Grant, he studied Scoring at the University of Southern California and graduated in 2009.
In 1998, composer Gian Carlo Menotti asked Fabrizio to assist him for the staging of his opera “The Consul” at the Spoleto festival of Two Worlds. Since then, Fabrizio continued to work closely with Mr. Menotti on many projects until the Maestro's death in 2007.
Fabrizio has composed music for concerts, theater, film and television since the late 1990s and has closely collaborated with many different directors and institutions.
He also regularly collaborates and assists composers as an orchestrator and conductor for films and television, as well as pursuing his own composition career. A short list of his clients include The Walt Disney Studios, Spiritclips/Feel (Hallmark), Lionsgate, NBC, Dick Clark Prod., Rai, Mediaset (Taodue), and Studio Bozzetto.
Fabrizio is the co-founder of the music production company Film Scoring Lab Inc. based in Los Angeles, which he left at the end of 2015, to pursue new 'solo' composer adventures. He also served as the Professor of History of Italian opera at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles. He has been a speaker and host of opera screenings at the Italian Cultural Institute. Mr. Mancinelli also served as the Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Celebration of Italian National Day in 2013.
As an aside, Fabrizio is a licensed Italian attorney and specialized in copyright law in the European Union.
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