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Atli Örvarsson

Atli Örvarsson is an Icelandic composer for film and television. He scored the award-winning feature 'Rams' (Hrútar), winner of the "Un Certain Regard Award" at the Cannes International Film Festival, which featured “a wonderfully minimalist score [that] lends a mournful solemnity to the [film]” –The Guardian.

Growing up in the small town of Akureyri, Iceland, music was always present for composer Atli Örvarsson. He went on to study at the Berklee College of Music, where he fell in love with the alchemy of writing music for picture. Currently, Atli writes music for the NBC series 'Chicago Fire', 'Chicago PD'. and 'Chicago Med'. In addition to these ongoing shows, his recent scores include 'The Edge of Seventeen' starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, and the animated feature film 'Bilal: A New Breed of Hero' starring Ian McShane.

Eimear Noone

Eimear Noone is an award-winning Irish composer and conductor, and resident of Malibu California, who splits her time between composing music for video games, feature films, television, and commercials, and conducting classical and game music concerts.

Most recently, Eimear composed and conducted for the iconic video game, 'World of WarCraft' and its new expansion, 'Warlords of Draenor'. The score for 'WoD' received the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award for "Best Video Game Score" and was nominated for 5 Annual Game Music Awards, and the ASCAP Composer's Choice Award for "Game Score".

Eimear also composed the score for the feature film, 'The Donner Party' (2009) starring Crispin Glover, among others.

As a conductor she has led many of the world's great ensembles such as The Philadelphia Orchestra (The Mann Center), The Dallas Symphony (Myerson Hall), The Royal Philharmonic (Hammersmith Apollo Theatre), The Sydney Symphony (Sydney Opera House), and The National Symphony (Wolf Trap), just to name a few.

Arguably the world's current premier conductor of video game scores (both in the studio and in the concert hall), her credits include the most respected in the genre, including games such as 'Heroes of The Storm', 'StarCraft II', 'Diablo III', 'Reaper of Souls', 'Hearthstone', 'Overwatch', and many more.

'Diablo III', as one example, smashed the record of game sales by selling over 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours alone. It also won the 2012 GDC award for best audio - which includes the award for music, - the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award for "Best Original Score", and a 2013 BAFTA Nomination for "Best Original Score".

Recent studio conducting responsibilities include leading the orchestra for Electronic Dance Music legend BT's newest release, 'Electronic Opus' as well as the score for the just-released Gus Van Sant film 'Sea of Trees', staring Matthew McConaughey. She has also conducted for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Gladys Knight.

In March of 2015, she joined with BT to perform the music from 'Electronic Opus' live as part of Miami Music Week.

In the live performance of video game music, currently Eimear is a conductor for the touring show Video Games Live. Prior to this, for two years, Eimear toured as the principal conductor for 'The Zelda Symphony', a full four - movement symphony created from the themes from the iconic video game, 'The Legend of Zelda'.

In 2011, Eimear recorded the Zelda Symphony 25th Anniversary CD, released by Nintendo as part of their newest Zelda game, 'The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword'. Eimear also conducted for the series of 3D music videos that Nintendo released with their 3DS. These videos were filmed during the actual recording sessions for this Zelda game - the first time a game score had been filmed in 3D while it was being recorded. Bootlegs of the videos have garnered over 3.5 million YouTube viewings.

Daniel Pemberton

Daniel Pemberton, winner of an Ivor Novello award and multi-BAFTA nominated composer, is well known for embracing a wide range of musical mediums – from electronic to orchestral – throughout his work. After more than a decade establishing himself as one of the most inventive and experimental voices in British television – scoring countless Emmy and BAFTA award-winning dramas and documentaries such as 'Complicit', 'Peep Show', 'Upstairs Downstairs', 'Desperate Romantics', 'Space Dive', 'Occupation' and 'Hiroshima' – Pemberton moved into the world of film with the period supernatural thriller 'The Awakening' (2011). His hybrid choral, orchestral and electronic score caught the ear of Ridley Scott who, heavily impressed with the standout work and what he called the composer’s ‘10,000 hours in the garage’ hired the composer to score his feature 'The Counselor' (2013). He collaborated again with Scott on the director’s first foray into television – 'The Vatican' (2014). This work, alongside scores to other features such as 'Blood' (2012), 'In Fear' (2013) and 'Cuban Fury' (2014), led him to be named "Discovery Of The Year" at the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards 2014.

Already this year has seen the release of Pemberton’s acclaimed soundtrack to Guy Ritchie’s 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' (2015). Featuring a kaleidoscope of unusual instruments – including cimbaloms, harpsichords, bass flutes and exotic percussion – the bold 1960’s influenced music caught the attention of cinema goers and critics alike and has established him as one of the most versatile and exciting voices working in film today. Now collaborating with yet another legendary director – Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle – Pemberton continues to approach the world of scoring from a new angle, creating another unique and unexpectedly inventive soundtrack with his latest work – 'Steve Jobs' (2015).

Well known for his creative and incredibly versatile approach to writing no two scores ever sound the same.

Craig Stuart Garfinkle

As an Emmy-nominated and award winning music producer and composer, Craig Stuart Garfinkle's career includes work on feature films, trailers, documentaries, multimedia, television, commercials, stage, CDs, and video games.

Recently, Craig was part of the Blizzard music team composing and producing for the iconic video game, 'World of WarCraft' and its expansion, 'Warlords of Draenor' (Winner, Hollywood Music in Media Award, "Best Video Game Score", an ASCAP Composer’s Choice Award Nominee, as well as numerous other nominations.) This is a continuation of his experience composing for video games that dates back to the earliest 'Dungeons and Dragons' games.

He is also known for his classic game score to 'Baldur’s Gate, The Dark Alliance II,' and the menu theme for 'Fallout, A Brotherhood of Steel'.

Craig has just completed composing his 30th film score, the family drama, 'It’s Dark Here' (starring Illiana Douglas, Bubba Lewis, and William Mapother). Other recent features include: The horror film, '8989 Redstone' (New Wave Entertainment) The black comedy, 'Get Out if You Can' (directed by TJ Martin), the supernatural thriller, 'The Occupants' (starring Cristin Milioti, Todd Alcott, writer of Antz, is the writer/director). Recently, Craig wrote the score for the indie comedy and now festival favorite 'Karaoke Man' (starring Bug Hall, Spencer Locke and Caitlin Crosby).

A recent TV project would include the VH1 sketch comedy program, Stevie TV. The show features numerous musical parodies of current artists such as Lady Ga Ga and Katy Perry. Craig performs, produces, and co-composes these songs.

His music has appeared in hundreds of other television episodes and programs such as NBC's 'The Office', 'Fringe', 'Lost', 'The Sopranos', 'The Jeff Foxworthy Show', 'America's Got Talent', 'X Factor', and 5 Disney Animated series.

Craig is maybe best known, however, for his musical contribution to over 140 film trailers which fave sold over 5 billion in movie tickets. Some of his stand-out projects in this genre would include: Red, J.J. Abrams’ 'Star Trek', 'Sin City', the last three Harry Potter films, 'Vicky Christina Barcelona', 'Over the Hedge', 'Spider-man III', 'HALO II', 'James Bond: A Quantum of Solace', 'The Lord of the Rings', 'Return of the King', and many more.

Finally, Craig is a respected film music educator having received the 2011 “Instructor of the Year” award for his UCLA Extension Film Composition Classes, which he instructed over a period of 12 years. He’s also lectured on film music and film music technology for Columbia College Chicago, Screen Training Ireland, The Society of Composers and Lyricists, and Ilio Entertainment, among others.

Matthijs Kieboom

Born in the city of Dordrecht in Holland in 1985, Matthijs pretty soon discovered he had an affection towards music.

He started playing the cello but switched to bass guitar at the age of 9. Since his interest in music had become more and more intense, he enrolled in a special high school that was combined with a pre-conservatory education. At the age of 18 he stopped pursuing his career as a bass player and started focusing on composition.

It was the combination of cinema and music that led him to pursue a career as a film composer. Despite only a couple of Dutch directors and cinematographers such as Paul Verhoeven & Jan de Bont, there weren’t many Dutch people in the top film industry. That fact given turned out to become a great stimulator in finding his own, probably European flavored, artistic voice. Due to the lack of film music programs at conservatories in Holland and Europe, Matthijs decided to focus on self studying.

In 2010, after scoring about 4 drama series, Matthijs scored his first feature film 'Fuchsia the Mini-Witch', and also had his first chance to work with full symphonic orchestra. This project was a confirmation for him: this was what he wanted to do. In 2010 Matthijs went to Los Angeles to participate in a Film Music Orchestration course given by well-known orchestrator Scott Smalley.

In 2011 Matthijs won the Polish “Transatlantyk Film Music Competition” founded by Academy Award-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Matthijs got 1st place and title of “Transatlantyk Young Composer for 2011”.

2013 turned out to be a successful year as well. Matthijs composed the score for the Dutch Movie 'Loving Ibiza', on which he collaborated with internationally acclaimed DJ Armin van Buuren. For this score they were Awarded with the BUMA Soundtrack of the Year Award. It was the most visited Dutch movie of 2013.

In 2013 in Krakow, at the Film Music Festival, Matthijs was awarded the prestigious “Young Talent Award”. Together with Hollywoods finest, Matthijs's music was played live by the National Polish Orchestra at the Gala-Concert, in front of 5000 people.

In 2015 Matthijs will be assisting FMF’s well known conductor and composer Diego Navarro on the movie 'Capture The Flagas orchestrator and additional composer, as well as composing for various Dutch feature films and TV shows.