PROGRAMME

Carlos G. Herrera

Carlos G. Herrera is a Spanish composer, specialized in scoring for video games.

Born in Tenerife in 1989, he started studying piano at the age of 3. After finishing his piano studies, he studied classical composition in the CSMC (Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias).

In 2014 he finalized his masters studies in Scoring for Films, Television and Video Games from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Nowadays he works as a teacher and as a freelance composer, while also working as an assistant for the Tenerife-based composer Diego Navarro. Under maestro Navarro's directions, he has participated in the making of the movie "Pasaje al Amanecer" (Andreu Castro) and in the latest editions of FIMUCITÉ.

Nikiforos Chrysoloras

Nikiforos Chrysoloras (b.1983) is a classically trained composer, orchestrator and arranger.

Music has always been part of his life. From singing and playing along with his toy guitar to various recordings – both Greek and International – including Pink Floyd, his all‐time favourite band since; his first piano lesson, at age 7, at Piraeus Conservatory; to 12 years of extensive musical education, including his enrolment at Piraeus Music High School, piano, saxophone and tambouras (Greek traditional string instrument) studies, Byzantine music, theory, solfège, choir, history and a degree in Classical Harmony, among others.

The following – recent – anecdote perfectly sums up Nikiforos’ musical path to this day.

It was by chance that they shared the same transport to the airport – after attending the recent Krakow Film Music Festival’s 10thanniversary celebrations, at the invitation of the festival’s Artistic Director Robert Piaskowski – when Nikiforos revealed to Daniel Carlin (Chair of the Screen Scoring program at USC and Krakow Film Music Festival’s collaborator since its early editions) that Michael Mann’s 1992 Academy Award winning epic 'The Last of the Mohicans' main theme – composed by FIMUCITÉ’s guest composer Trevor Jones (with Randy Endelman) – which he conducted, was the spark that started it all.

In 2003 Nikiforos relocated to the UK to further his education, where he graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Liverpool, a Postgraduate Diploma in Composition from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, an MA in Composition from Durham University and a – pending – PhD, focusing on film music orchestration.

Past and recent film music projects include copying and editing Richard Bellis' Suite from Stephen King's 'IT', which will be premiered at FIMUCITÉ’s the concert 'Stephen King’s Night Gallery'; serving as additional orchestrator and music copyist/editor for the Hollywood in Vienna 2015 & 2016 concerts preparing music by Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith and Steven Price, with Boston Pops’ Keith Lockhart conducting, and as music copyist/editor for the 2016 Hollywood in Concert ‐ Comedy and Fantasy performed in Taipei, under the baton of renowned British orchestrator/conductor James Shearman.

In 2017, his arrangement of Jerry Goldsmith’s 'The Landing' from the composer’s iconic 'Alien' score was premiered at Film Music Prague’s 'Alien: The Symphony', a concert dedicated to the music of the entire franchise.

He is much in demand as an orchestrator/arranger for various film music concerts and festivals around Europe.

Nikiforos will soon be making his Hollywood debut providing orchestrations to George Kallis’ music ('The Black Prince', 'Albion: The Enchanted Stallion', '93 Days') for the upcoming historical drama 'Cliffs of Freedom', starring Christopher Plummer, Patty LuPone, Tania Raymonde and Billy Zane to name but a few, proving that 2017 is turning out to be a really good year, career‐wise.

Since 2016 he has also been proof‐reading, re‐setting and editing scores and parts of both operatic and orchestral works, for the London‐based Scores Reformed Ltd. A fruitful and excellent collaboration that continues to this day, which led to his appointment as project leader, orchestrator and arranger of the company's upcoming Film Music Suite Rental Library.

In addition to his freelance work, he is a member of the Vienna Music Angels Music Services team. The company's projects include Netflix's production of 'The Crown' (music by Rupert Gregson‐Williams & Hans Zimmer) and Ron Howard's 'Inferno' (music by Hans Zimmer).

Nikiforos is also a contributing writer at Film Score Monthly Online (writing about Film Noir Music) and SoundtrackFest.

His concert music has been performed by prominent European ensembles, such as the Ives Ensemble, the Hebrides Ensemble, the Allegri String Quartet, and the Northern Sinfonia, instructed by leading contemporary composers including Professor Richard Rijnvos, Professor Michael Finnisy and Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang, among others.

His time is divided between London, UK and his hometown of Athens, Greece working as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, music copyist and music tutor.

Leigh Philips

Based in London, UK, Leigh is an *award-winning composer and orchestrator with experience in producing music for television, feature film, and live theatre. In addition to this, he is also responsible for developing unique orchestrations, and arrangements of film music, for concert performance and CD recordings.

Past (and present) collaborators include: composer & editor John Ottman, Grammy Award-winning television composer Joe Harnell, DC Universe composer Blake Neely, The Halle Orchestra, The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The Golden State Pops Orchestra, Soundtracks Live, Movie Score Malaga, Film Music Prague, Fimucite Film Music Festival, soundtrack producers Intrada Records, and Silva Screen Records; his compositions and orchestrations featuring in productions by companies such as Decca Records, SKY, IMAX, ITV, Channel 4, Prometheus Records, Classic FM, Cayman/Universal Music, Amazon Studios, and the BBC.

With a passion for classic film-score preservation, Leigh’s longest standing collaboration is with specialist film-music label Tadlow Music, and producer James Fitzpatrick. Since 2009, Leigh has acted as orchestrator, and score editor, on reconstruction projects such as Lawrence of Arabia, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer, Quo Vadis, The Salamander, Sodom & Gomorrah, The Thief of Bagdad, The Blue Max, Thriller, and Ben Hur.

(* 2014 IFMCA Special Award & 2006 Jerry Goldsmith Award for Project in Free Creation)

Matthew Freeman

Platinum and Gold disc award-winning conductor, arranger and pianist Matthew Freeman enjoys a diverse international career. His association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra began in 2004 with the album Symphonic Rock. He has conducted the latest album in the series, More Symphonic Rock, and in 2014, conducted concert performances in Russia and the Baltics. In 2010, he conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the presence of HRH Prince Charles, celebrating twenty-five years of HRH’s Business in the Community programme. He recently conducted and arranged the new CD of Symphonic Queen, which will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in October this year.

Matthew Freeman arranged and conducted the 2011 album ABBAphonic for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall, followed by performances in Moscow and St Petersburg. His first venture into the world of ABBA was to conduct and arrange IQ Magazine's award-winning ABBA The Show. It has played in thirty-eight countries and at Wembley Arena on two occasions.

In 2015, he conducted the BBC’s Planet Earth Live with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany and Austria.Planet Earth continued its arena tour in 2016 with Frozen Planet, performing throughout Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland. He will be conducting the new BBC Planet Earth 2 across Europe in 2018. In 2016, he conducted the Alexandrov Red Army Choir with the Moscow Radio Orchestra in concert at the Moscow House of Music and later that year in Romania.

Matthew Freeman has conducted and arranged over fifty albums for, amongst others, Larry Adler, Dame Shirley Bassey, Vic Damone, Howard Keel, David Soul, Lorna Luft (creating a duet with Judy Garland) and Roger Whittaker. He was invited to arrange and conduct Decca’s celebration of the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday. He has been the personal musical director for Dame Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford and Anthony Newley, as well as for Mary O’Hara at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and for her sixteen-part television series with the City of London Sinfonia. In 2012, he conducted The King’s Singers with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester in Denmark

Matthew Freeman is Musical Supervisor of the Olivier Award-nominated musical The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas. The show has played long runs in five West End theatres, the London Palladium and toured across the USA and Europe. It returns to London's Haymarket Theatre this Christmas. He supervised the recording of the DVD and has conducted The Rat Pack with the London Symphony Orchestra at Blenheim Palace and the Barbican.

He recently conducted and arranged a concert of Doris Day music at London's Cadogan Hall. He is orchestrating the music for a Whitney Houston concert at London's Apollo Hammersmith in 2018. At the Royal Variety Performance he conducted Dame Shirley Bassey and for Sir Peter Hall’s production of Amadeus at London’s Old Vic, he created and performed the fortepiano music. Credits in the film world include vocal coaching with Drew Barrymore, Elizabeth Shue and Keanu Reeves.