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Benjamin Wallfisch (born 7 August 1979) is an English composer, conductor, and pianist. Since the mid-2000s, he has composed and contributed to music for over 60 feature films. His compositions include original scores for A Cure For Wellness, Hidden Figures, Lights Out, Desert Dancer, It, and Blade Runner 2049. 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.

Benjamin Wallfisch
Born (1979-08-07) 7 August 1979 (age 38)
London, UK
Genres Soundtrack
Occupation(s) Composer Conductor Orchestrator Music Producer Synth Programing
Instruments Piano, keyboard, synthesizer
Website benjaminwallfisch.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.

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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 is one of the last known surviving members of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Wallfisch began playing the piano at 5, composing at 6 and has been conducting since he was 14.[1]

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, and an appearance in the 2007 Mecklenburg Festival with the Weimar Staatskapelle.[2]

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.

DiscographyEdit

FilmEdit

2000sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2005 Dear Wendy Thomas Vinterberg Lucky Punch
Nimbus Film Productions
Zentropa Entertainments
TV2 Danmark
Zentropa International Köln
N/A
2008 The Escapist Rupert Wyatt Picture Farm
Parallel Film Productions
N/A
2009 Breaking the Mould Peter Hoar BBC TV movie
In Search of the Messiah Tim Meara Meara Films Documentary

2010sEdit

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2012 Fetih 1453 Faruk Aksoy Aksoy Film
Medyapim
N/A
2013 Hours Eric Heisserer The Safran Company
PalmStar Media
Hours Capital
As composer and conductor
Hammer of the Gods Farren Blackburn Vertigo Films N/A
Summer in February Christopher Menaul CrossDay Productions Ltd.
Apart Films
Marwood Pictures
N/A
The Thirteenth Tale James Kent Heyday Films TV movie
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 short
Pressure Ron Scalpello Bigscope Films
Pinewood Pictures
N/A
A Flickering Truth Pietra Brettkelly PBK Limited Documentary
Gamba Tomohiro Kawamura
Yoshihiro Komori
Arad Productions
Grindstone Pictures
Shirogumi
As composer and conductor
2016 Mully Scott Haze Bardis Productions
Sterling Light Productions
Documentary
Within Phil Claydon The Safran Company N/A
Lights Out David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema
RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Grey Matter Productions
As composer, conductor, music producer and programmer
Hidden Figures Theodore Melfi Fox 2000 Pictures
Levantine Films
Chernin Entertainment
With Hans Zimmer and Pharrell Williams
Music conducting was done by Timothy Williams.
2017 A Cure for Wellness Gore Verbinski Regency Enterprises
New Regency Productions
Blind Wink Productions
As composer
Music conducting was done by Gavin Greenaway.
Orchestra was performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London.
Bitter Harvest George Mendeluk Devil's Harvest Production As composer and conductor
Annabelle: Creation David F. Sandberg New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Pictures
Atomic Monster Productions
Grey Matter Productions
Second collaboration With David F. Sandberg
Orchestra was conducted by Timothy Williams.
It Andy Muschietti New Line Cinema
Warner Bros. Pictures
As composer, conductor & orchestrator.
Additionally conducted by Timothy Williams
Music supervised by Dana Sano.
Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve Warner Bros. Pictures
Columbia Pictures
Alcon Entertainment
Scott Free Productions
With Hans Zimmer. Replacing Jóhann Jóhannsson.

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Notes
2014 The Crimson Field
2015 The Enfield Haunting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Benjamin Wallfisch - Composer". Composer UK. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Live". BenjaminWallfisch.com. Retrieved 17 February 2017.