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Benjamin Mark Lasker Wallfisch (born 7 August 1979) is an English composer, conductor, and pianist.[1] Since the mid-2000s, he has composed and contributed to music for over 60 feature films.[2] His compositions include original scores for A Cure For Wellness, Hidden Figures, Lights Out, Desert Dancer, It, Blade Runner 2049, and Shazam!. In 2017, he was jointly nominated with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer for Best Original Score at the 74th Golden Globe Awards for his work on Hidden Figures, and a BAFTA Award and Grammy Award for Blade Runner 2049.[3]

Benjamin Wallfisch
Birth nameBenjamin Mark Lasker Wallfisch
Born (1979-08-07) 7 August 1979 (age 39)
London, England, U.K.
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, orchestrator, producer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboard, synthesizer
Years active2003-present
Associated actsHans Zimmer
Websitebenjaminwallfisch.com

In 2014, Wallfisch was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. He is also a member of Remote Control Productions, a company by Hans Zimmer.[4][5]

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Early lifeEdit

Wallfisch was born on 7 August 1979 in London, England, the son of Elizabeth Wallfisch (née Hunt), an Australian Baroque violinist, and Raphael Wallfisch, a British cellist. He is the eldest of their three children. His paternal grandparents are pianist Peter Wallfisch and cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who was a member of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz. They were Jewish emigrants from Breslau.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Wallfisch began playing the piano at 5, composing at 6 and has been conducting since he was 14.[6]

Between 1993 and 1997, he attended the Guildhall School of Music (Dept. of Initial Studies), and in 1997 obtained a place on the 'Joint Course' run concurrently by the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester, studying composition with Anthony Gilbert. In 2000, he graduated from the University with First Class Honours and the Proctor-Gregg award for outstanding achievement in composition.

Conducting and PerformanceEdit

As associate Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra from 2003-2007, Wallfisch has conducted and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia and has performed in venues such as the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall and St. George's Bristol in the UK. In 2005 he conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in a series of live broadcast Gala performances at the Sydney Opera House. In 2009, he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Other recent guest conducting highlights have included the Bavarian Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre de Bretagne, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra,[7] and an appearance in the 2007 Mecklenburg Festival with the Weimar Staatskapelle.[8]

Hollywood film scoringEdit

In 2004, Wallfisch made his scoring debut, composing the music for Thomas Vinterberg's Dear Wendy, for which he was nominated Discovery of the Year in the 2005 World Soundtrack Awards, and a nomination for Best Original Score in the 2006 Danish Film Academy Awards. His subsequent score for Rupert Wyatt's suspense thriller The Escapist earned him a nomination as Best Original Film Score in the 2009 Ivor Novello Awards and his second nomination in the 2008 World Soundtrack Awards.

Personal lifeEdit

Wallfisch resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Missy and daughter Lola.

DiscographyEdit

FilmEdit

As primary score composerEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2005 Dear Wendy Thomas Vinterberg Lucky Punch
Nimbus Film Productions
Zentropa Entertainments
TV2 Danmark
Zentropa International Köln
Nominated – Robert Award for Best Score
2008 The Escapist Rupert Wyatt Picture Farm
Parallel Film Productions
Vertigo Films
N/A
2009 In Search of the Messiah Tim Meara Meara Films Documentary film
2012 Fetih 1453 Faruk Aksoy Aksoy Film
Medyapim
N/A
2013 Hours Eric Heisserer The Safran Company
PalmStar Media
Hours Capital
N/A
Hammer of the Gods Farren Blackburn Vertigo Films
Magnolia Pictures
Nominated – Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Song
Summer in February Christopher Menaul CrossDay Productions Ltd.
Apart Films
Marwood Pictures
Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score
2014 Desert Dancer Richard Raymond CrossDay Productions Ltd.
Head Gear Films
Lipsync Productions
N/A
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain Ravi Kumar Rising Star Entertainment
Wardour Media Group
Sahara One Motion Pictures
N/A
2015 Auschwitz James Moll Allentown Productions Documentary film
A Flickering Truth Pietra Brettkelly PBK Limited
Umbrella Entertainment
Gamba Tomohiro Kawamura
Yoshihiro Komori
Arad Productions
Grindstone Pictures
Shirogumi
N/A
Pressure Ron Scalpello Pinewood Pictures
Vertical Entertainment
N/A
Within Phil Claydon The Safran Company
New Line Cinema
Warner Bros.
N/A
2016 Lights Out David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Grey Matter Productions
Atomic Monster Productions
First collaboration with David F. Sandberg
Mully Scott Haze Bardis Productions
Sterling Light Productions
Documentary film
Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi Fox 2000 Pictures
Levantine Films
Chernin Entertainment
Composed with Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Original Score
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
A Cure for Wellness Gore Verbinski Regency Enterprises
New Regency Productions
Blind Wink Productions
N/A
2017 Bitter Harvest George Mendeluk Devil's Harvest Productions
Roadside Attractions
D Films
N/A
Annabelle: Creation David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Pictures
Atomic Monster Productions
Grey Matter Productions
Second collaboration With David F. Sandberg
It Andy Muschietti New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Pictures
Vertigo Entertainment
N/A
Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve Warner Bros. Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Alcon Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
Composed with Hans Zimmer
Replaced Jóhann Jóhannsson
Themes by Vangelis
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Nominated – Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score
2018 The Darkest Minds Jennifer Yuh Nelson 21 Laps Entertainment
20th Century Fox
N/A
King of Thieves James Marsh Working Title Films
StudioCanal UK
N/A
The Vanishing Kristoffer Nyholm Cross Creek Pictures
Saban Entertainment
Lionsgate Films
N/A
2019 Serenity Steven Knight IM Global Additional music by Antonio Andrade
Shazam! David F. Sandberg DC Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Safran Company
Third collaboration with David F. Sandberg[9]
Hellboy Neil Marshall Millennium Films
Dark Horse Entertainment
Additional music by Antonio Andrade, Jared Fly & Alex Lu
It: Chapter Two Andy Muschietti New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Pictures
Vertigo Entertainment
Second collaboration with Andy Muschietti

As composer of additional musicEdit

Year Title Director(s) Composer(s) Studio(s) Notes
2009 Moon Duncan Jones Clint Mansell Stage 6 Films
Limelight Pictures
Sony Pictures Classics
N/A
2013 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen Hans Zimmer Summit Entertainment
Regency Enterprises
Film4 Productions
Fox Searchlight Pictures
N/A
2015 The Little Prince Mark Osborne Hans Zimmer
Richard Harvey
ON Animation Studios
M6 Films
Netflix
N/A
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Zack Snyder Hans Zimmer
Junkie XL
DC Films
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Cruel and Unusual Films
Warner Bros. Pictures
N/A
2017 Dunkirk Christopher Nolan Hans Zimmer Syncopy Inc.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Composed the "Nimrod" variation, based on the theme by Edward Elgar

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Network(s) Notes
2009 Breaking the Mould BBC One Television film
2013 The Thirteenth Tale BBC Two
2014 The Crimson Field BBC One 6 episodes
2015 The Enfield Haunting Sky Witness 3 episodes

TheatreEdit

Year Title Director(s) Notes
2009 Peter Pan Ben Harrison London / San Francisco

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC".
  2. ^ "Benjamin Wallfisch". Cool Music. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  3. ^ "Blade Runner 2049: How Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch followed up the most influential sci-fi score of all time". FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. 2017-10-20. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  4. ^ "Hans-Zimmer.com - Benjamin Wallfisch". www.hans-zimmer.com. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  5. ^ "Benjamin Wallfisch". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-21. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  6. ^ "Benjamin Wallfisch - Composer". Composer UK. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Benjamin Wallfisch | TSO". www.tso.com.au. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  8. ^ "Live". BenjaminWallfisch.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Benjamin Wallfisch to Score David F. Sandberg's 'Shazam!' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 2019-01-17.