As a champion on behalf of film composers around the world, Deniz Hughes first developed a cult-like following at New York University’s Scoring for Film and Multimedia program, where she personally fostered the careers of over a hundred students, some to unprecedented acclaim. A Fulbright scholar, she earned her doctorate from Yale in music composition, and studied closely with the greats of American music, including John Corigliano and Virgil Thomson. Her music has been featured in film (Pokemon, The First Movie), television (commercials with Super Bowl airings), award-winning theater productions (off-Broadway and at the Shakespeare Theatre) and for dance (at the American Dance Festival). As an orchestrator she has worked with Elliot Goldenthal (on several films including Interview with the Vampire, A Time to Kill, Michael Collins). She has lectured on film music extensively throughout the United States and abroad - at institutions such as the Royal College of Music in London, Bristol University, Rutgers University, Carleton College and Yale University. She has also taught at Lehman College consistently on behalf of their distinguished professor of music, John Corigliano, for well over twenty years.
Through her Facebook group For Film Composers Only with Deniz Hughes - with nearly 5000 members - Deniz is an outspoken advocate for composers who are challenged in the industry due to gender and racial issues. She also has many instructional webinars, each one tackling a special topic having to do with pursuing a career within the film music industry, including those with Hollywood film music attorney Steve Winogradsky, and the founder of GameSoundCon, Brian Schmidt.
EACH composer cited BELOW has worked extensively with Deniz
one-on-one on all aspects of film scoring AT THE very START OF THEIR CAREERS
Austin Wintory is a Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA-winning composer. His career has straddled the worlds of concert music, film, and video games. Growing up in Denver, he went on to study classically at NYU and USC. During his whirlwind education he scored well over 150 student and small independent productions.
In 2012, Austin's soundtrack for the hit PlayStation3 game Journey became the first-ever Grammy-nominated videogame score, also winning two British Academy Awards, a DICE Award, along with five Game Audio Network Guild awards, and many others. The score has been performed by the National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony and Pacific Symphony.
Austin's score for the earlier game flOw made him the youngest composer ever to receive a British Academy Award nomination and also won many game industry accolades.
Austin's film work includes the Sundance-winning films Captain Abu Raed and Grace, along with over forty indie features such as A Little Help (starring Jenna Fischer), The River Why (starring Zach Gilford and William Hurt) and Dark Summer.
Rodrigo Flores Lopez is a rising voice in film within a generation of new composers - with two Master’s degrees in film composing - one from the University of Bristol and the other from New York University. Rodrigo has amassed more than thirty credits in all kinds of productions. He has written music not only for film and television, but also for the theater, dance, and the concert hall. His music has been performed throughout Europe and the Americas.
In 2013, Rodrigo composed the score for the film Guten Tag, Ramón, directed by Jorge Ramírez-Suárez, and distributed by 20th Century Fox in Mexico, Germany, the U.S. And Latin America, where it has been acclaimed both by critics and audiences alike. The score was the winner of the Silver Goddess for Best Original Score (the equivalent of the Golden Globes in Mexico) and nominated for Best Score in the Drama category at the Reel Music Awards 2014.
Composer John Jennings Boyd, represents the vanguard of a new generation of composers equally adept at scoring with live orchestra, producing ambient soundscapes, and writing and creating commercially-minded tracks across all forms of modern media.
John has scored feature and short films that have garnered major awards and attention at the most prestigious film festivals. His music can be heard in a variety of major feature films including The Smurfs, The Smurfs II, The Place Beyond the Pines, and Being Evel. Television highlights include ABC's Mixology, Fox's The Mindy Project, HBO's How to Make It In America, Discovery's Life, CBS's 48 Hours, and Netflix's Marco Polo.
John also co-founded Soundcat Productions, a boutique music company with studios in NYC and LA. As creative director of Soundcat, he has written and produced music for ad campaigns for Apple, BMW, Verizon, Microsoft, Google and Budweiser.
John currently resides in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music from The Florida State University School of Music, and a Masters Degree in Film Scoring from New York University.
Christy Carew is a Canadian-American composer of music for film, TV, advertising, multimedia and the concert world. She has worked in horror, comedy, action and drama, as well as short form and feature documentaries.
In 2012, Christy was selected from hundreds of applicants to become the Music Director and In-House Composer at 5 Alarm Music, one of the largest production music libraries in the world. Through her work there, she has had placements of her custom original music and arrangements in major studio features, network television shows and national advertising campaigns.
She was educated at New York University's Steinhardt School and graduating summa cum laude with a Master of Arts in Film Scoring/Composition. She also has a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance and Music Business) from Loyola University New Orleans (2004) and a diploma as composer from the summer program of the European American Musical Alliance, held at L'Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.
When she's not working Christy loves spending time with her husband and two children.
Ronen Landa’s music has been hailed in the press as “an astounding auditory journey… an intricate and delightful aural treat”. His work has been heard in film screenings around the globe, on television, and in concert halls.
A 2011 Sundance Institute Fellow, Ronen his credits include The Pact (IFC Films, Official Selection: Sundance), the international drama Festival of Lights, the landmark Iraqi-made documentary The Dreams of Sparrows (Official Selection: SXSW), City of Borders (Winner of the Teddy Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival), the romantic drama Divergence (Official Selection: Method Fest), and the uplifting environmental documentary Burning in the Sun (PBS, Official Selection: New York African Film Festival). He has contributed music to numerous television programs, including Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and Discovery Channel’s Life, and recently composed music for the video game Hooked, playable on Facebook.
Ronen received his B.A in Music and Political Science from Columbia University, where he graduated with honors from the Music department, and his M.A. in music composition and film scoring from New York University. Currently he spends time in both Los Angeles and New York.
Nathan Lanier has scored over 20 feature films, as well as the first live-action Halo series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, produced by Microsoft’s 343 Industries.
Well-known for his unique cinematic dance music and themes, Lanier’s music has been featured on Emmy-Nominated dance performances on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, Live To Dance, Conan, and Ellen. Performances include the Glee Live Tour, So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour, ISU Wold Figure Skating Championships and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Lanier’s signature hybrid style of cinematic score and urban dance can be heard in his scores for Jon M. Chu’s The LXD (Legion of Extraordinary Dancers) series and Justin Bieber’s Believe.
Successful ad campaigns featuring Lanier’s music include Microsoft’s “Empower” Super Bowl commercial and American Express Oscars commercial “Natalie Young.”
Lanier began studying violin at the age of four and has been performing and composing ever since. He holds an M.A. in Composition and Film Scoring from NYU and a B.M. in Violin Performance from Mannes College of Music in New York.
Mary Kouyoumdjian is a composer who, as a first generation Armenian-American has family that was directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide. Her musical voice draws on her heritage, her interest in music as documentary, and her experimental composition background to blend the old with the new.
Kouyoumdjian has received commissions from many organizations including the Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, Alarm Will Sound, and the American Composers Forum/JFund among others. Her documentary work was recently presented by the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and performed at international venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York's Museum of Modern Art, and the Barbican Centre. Her music has been described as “eloquently scripted" and "emotionally wracking” by The New York Times and as "the most harrowing moments on stage at any New York performance" by New York Music Daily. In film she has worked on many motion pictures, for projects such as The Place Beyond the Pines and Demonic.
Currently pursuing her Composition D.M.A. as a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, she holds an M.A. in Scoring for Film & Multimedia from New York University and a B.A. in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego. She is also the co-founder of the new music conference New Music Gathering.
Wlad Marhulets has worked on such films as Ambition, Hitman: Agent 47, Ruby Strangelove Young Witch,The Giver, starring Meryl Streep, November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan, Orchestra of Exiles, directed by Oscar nominee Josh Aronson, Ginosaji vs Ginosaji series directed by Emmy winning director Richard Gale, Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Juggle & Cut by multiple award winning director Caleb Slain, and others.
His music has been performed by world-class musical organizations, such as Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Detroit Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Lithuanian choir Jauna Muzika, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and others. Wlad's klezmer opera The Property was premiered by Lyric Opera of Chicago to great success.
He has won the Azrieli Prize in Music, the Susan W. Rose Fund Grant, the Peter D. Faith Prize, and five ASCAP Awards. While at the Juilliard School, Wlad studied composition exclusively with Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano (The Red Violin).
At present, Wlad is working on the score for DARQ - one of the most anticipated horror video games.
He is represented by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency and published by G. Schirmer.
David Stone Hamilton has worked on such films as Lights Out produced by James Wan, 88, starring Christopher Lloyd, Wilde Salome starring Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain, 2 Days in New York starring Chris Rock and Julie Delpy, Gremlin, directed by multiple award winning director Ryan Bellgardt, and Chasing Yesterday, starring Eric Nelson and Steve Schirripa (The Sopranos).
Classically trained, David earned his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and his Master of Music from New York University.
David is currently composing the music scores to science fiction thriller SOLIS, directed by Carl Strathie and starring Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead) and The Malibu Tapes, a found-footage Horror film directed by Scott Slone.
A native of Colombia, the Maria Linares has composed music for a vast array of projects, including for film, documentaries, theatre, and television, where her songs have been featured on television shows and web series.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, as well as a master’s degree from New York University’s prestigious Scoring for Film and Multimedia program.
Currently back in Bogotá, Maria has since founded Fiona Records, an active music production company, and is working with directors on various projects from all around the world.