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Special guests: Harry Gregson-Williams // Jeff Russo // Inon Zur

Faculty roster: Alison Plante // Clint Bajakian // Paolo Tortiglione // Diego Ricchiuti

Program Director: Paolo Fosso

Harry Gregson-Williams

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and prolific composers. His recent projects include Warner Bros summer hit “The Meg” directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action thriller “The Equalizer 2,” starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, Aardman Animation’s “Early Man” and Disneynature’s “Penguins.” He will next score Disney’s liveaction feature film “Mulan” scheduled for release in 2020. Other projects for 2020 include Antoine Fuqua’s feature film “Infinite” starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor and for Lionsgate Television “Manhunt: Lone Wolf.”

His recent television projects include the limited series “Catch-22” directed and executive produced by George Clooney for Hulu. Previously he created the main title theme and scored two episodes for Amazon’s 10-episode sci-fi anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” For the episode titled “The Commuter,” he received an Emmy nomination.

Gregson-Williams was the composer on all four installments of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” franchise, garnering a BAFTA Award nomination for the score for the Oscar-winning “Shrek.” He also received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score for Andrew Adamson’s “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.” He has collaborated with a number of directors, including Ben Affleck on the films “Live by Night,” “The Town” and “Gone Baby Gone”; Joel Schumacher on “Twelve,” “The Number 23,” “Veronica Guerin” and “Phone Booth”; Tony Scott on “Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” “Déjà Vu,” “Domino,” “Man on Fire,” “Spy Game” and “Enemy of the State”; Ridley Scott on “The Martian,” “Prometheus”, “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Kingdom of Heaven”; Bille August on “Return to Sender” and “Smilla’s Sense of Snow”; Andrew Adamson on the Shrek series, the first two Narnia movies and “Mr. Pip”; and Antoine Fuqua on “The Replacement Killers” and “The Equalizer.” His many other credits include the scores for Simon Baker’s directorial debut, “Breath”; Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife”; the telefilm “Confirmation”; Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss You Already”; “Blackhat,” for director Michael Mann; Len Wiseman’s “Total Recall”; Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys & Aliens”; the documentary “Life in a Day”; Mike Newell’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”; Gavin Hood’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”; and Beeban Kidron’s “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.” Gregson-Williams has also created the scores for a variety of animated features, including Aardman’s “Arthur Christmas,” “Flushed Away” and the Oscar-winning “Chicken Run”; and “Antz.” Gregson-Williams has scored three of the five games in the highly successful “Metal Gear Solid” franchise for Konami and scored “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” for Activision, which became the top selling video game of 2014 and which earned him various music gaming awards. Throughout his career, Gregson-Williams has collaborated with a diverse array of recording artists such as Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, Tricky, Peter Murphy, Flea, Hybrid, Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, Trevor Horn, Trevor Rabin, Lebo M., Perry Farrell and Tony Visconti.

Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams earned a music scholarship to St. John’s College, Cambridge at the age of seven, and later gained a coveted spot at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama, from which he recently received an Honorary Fellowship. He started his film career as assistant to composer Richard Harvey and later as orchestrator and arranger for Stanley Myers, and then went on to compose his first scores for director Nicolas Roeg. His subsequent collaboration and friendship with composer Hans Zimmer led to Gregson-Williams providing music for such films as “The Rock,” “Armageddon” and “The Prince of Egypt” and helped launch his career in Hollywood.

In 2018, Gregson-Williams received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of his unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers and the Society of Composer & Lyricists’ prestigious Ambassador Award. He has also been a regular mentor at the Sundance Composers Lab working directly with talented emerging composers from all over the world.

Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo is an Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, scoring varied and compelling music for film, television and video games. He won an Emmy Award, and received two additional Emmy nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score on FX’s Golden Globe and Emmy winning Fargo. Russo also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.

Russo’s film credits include Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, as well as Craig Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; Peter Berg’s action-thriller film, Mile 22, starring Mark Wahlberg; and Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, starring Richard Gere, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Russo is currently scoring CBS’s Star Trek: Picard, starring Patrick Stewart, which premieres on January 23, 2020. His music can also be heard on shows such as FX’s Legion, starring Dan Stevens and Rachel Keller; CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery; starring Sonequa Martin-Green and Anthony Rapp; Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, starring Ellen Page and Mary J. Blige; Hulu’s The Act, starring Patricia Arquette; FX’s Snowfall, staring Isaiah John and Amin Joseph; and Starz’s Power, starring Omari Hardwick and produced by Curtis Jackson “50 Cent;” Starz’s Counterpart, starring J.K. Simmons; HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series The Night Of, starring John Tuturro; Netflix’s Altered Carbon, starring Chris Conner and Renée Elise Goldsberry; and more.

In addition to composing music for film and television, Russo is a founding member, lead guitarist and co-songwriter of two-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, Tonic. Their debut album, Lemon Parade, posted three singles in the U.S. Mainstream rock charts’ Top 10 with “If You Could Only See” rocketing to number one. In 2003, the band received two Grammy nominations, one for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Take Me As I Am,” and one for “Best Rock Album.”

Inon Zur

Emmy award-winner and three-time BAFTA nominated composer Inon Zur is internationally renowned for his emotionally dynamic original music scores for film, television and blockbuster video game franchises such as the Fallout series, Dragon Age series, and Prince of Persia series.

Recognized worldwide as one of the most innovative and successful composers in the industry, Inon’s best-selling soundtrack for Fallout 4 has been described as “sophisticated and atmospheric” (Classic FM) and celebrated as one of the best original video game scores by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, The PlayStation Awards, The Game Awards, Spike TV, FACT Magazine, Paste, and Classic FM. Most recently his original score for Fallout 76 was released to universal praise, described by critics as “Superbly atmospheric music” and “An amazing ambient soundtrack,” while Game Informer (the world’s #1 video game magazine) hailed the score as “The best soundtrack for the series yet.”

Inon’s latest scores include new music for Fallout 76 (Wild Appalachia, Vaults, Nuclear Winter and Wastelanders) and an original score for The Elder Scrolls: Blades, the mobile installment of the hugely-popular The Elder Scrolls video game franchise, which was premiered live at the “War Child UK Presents Bethesda Game Studios in Concert” at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. In addition to his iconic music in video games, Inon has been providing critically acclaimed scores for film and television, including the EMMY winning documentary Saber Rock as featured on CNN and the suspense thriller Reclaim for Lionsgate.

Classically trained with a flair for powerful, melodic orchestral writing, his music is also celebrated in the concert world, having had his works performed in Los Angeles, London, Cologne, Leipzig, Malmo, Seoul and Sydney. He has produced and collaborated with artists including Florence + The Machine and recently signed to Sony Music as a recording artist with his debut major label album release Into The Storm.

Alison Plante

Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music, Alison is an award-winning composer whose scoring credits range from documentaries for PBS and the History Channel to national television ads, independent films, multimedia museum exhibits, and live theater.

Her scoring credits include seven educational television series for the Annenberg Channel; History Channel specials Bible Battles and Aftershock: Beyond the Civil War; documentary feature American Meat; national TV spots, trailers, and corporate identity music for Duracell, Kodak, Sodexho, Spalding Sports, W.B. Mason, GMAC, Animal Planet, the National Geographic Channel, and the Pan Mass Challenge, among others.

Other credits include live action and animated shorts, theater (with a speciality in puppetry), and multimedia museum installations for the Smithsonian Institution and the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Clint Bajakian

Clint Bajakian is a composer, producer, and manager of video game music with credits on over 200 titles since 1991. Recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Game Audio Network Guild, Bajakian has been dedicated to the advancement of video game audio and advocacy for its professionals, innovating adaptive scoring methods in workflow, project management, team leadership, and education.

In 2012, Square Enix bestowed Bajakian an Award for Special Achievement, recognizing him as “one of driving forces in evolution of VG music.” In the following year Bajakian received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the New England Conservatory of Music. From 2004-2013, he led the music production team at Sony PlayStation, developing methodology, managing projects, and supervising soundtracks with leading orchestras throughout the world, including God of War and Uncharted franchises.

From 2000-2004, Bajakian managed his own company Bay Area Sound, producing the original score for LucasArts’ Indiana Jones and The Emperor’s Tomb receiving G.A.N.G.’s Music of the Year. Throughout the 90s, he co-led LucasArts Entertainment’s audio department in composition and sound design on such properties as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Outlaws (original score won Outstanding Achievement Award from Computer Gaming World magazine), Grim Fandango, and Monkey Island.

In 2014, Bajakian composed for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, which won the HMMA award for Best Video Game Soundtrack. After two years with Pyramind Studios in original music and team development, in 2015 Bajakian joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Music faculty in the Technology and Applied Composition department, and entered business as an independent composer. Bajakian holds a double Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Guitar Performance and Music Theory, and a Master of Music degree in Music Composition from The University of Michigan. Clint resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Deniz, and two children, Lara and Deren.

Paolo Tortiglione

Paolo Tortiglione is Professor of Film Music and Applied Technology at the Conservatory of Milan. His works have been performed at the most important contemporary music festivals such as Olympia International Festival (Athens), Esoterics Spectra Festival (Seattle), ALEA III Contemporary Music Festival (Boston), Contemporary Brass Festival (Sacramento), Grenoble Institute, Naples Contemporary Music Festival, Assisi Festival, British Music Information Center, Electroacustic Music Festival (Stockholm & Uttersberg), Edinburgh University Contemporary Music Festival, Sweden Vaxjo Media Artes Festival, Rome Ensemble Musica Oggi, Gorizia Festival, Sofia Musica Nova, Rome Festival Nuova Consonanza, Milano Triennale.

He has worked as film, ballet and theatre/stage music composer. He has given Computer Music masterclasses in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Olso, Stockholm, Geneva, Losanne, Zurich, Abu Dhabi, New Delhi, Dubai, New York, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Wien, Brno, Prague, Helsinki, Budapest, Manchester, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Poznan, Bogotà, and Bruxelles.

Paolo graduated in Composition, Organ, Electronic Music, and Choral Conducting. He holds a PhD in Composition at the Accademia Santa Cecilia of Rome. He also studied Computer Science and worked for a very long time as a consultant, starting with IBM in 1996 .

As theorist and journalist he has published more than 120 articles about computer music programming, mathematics, music theory, film music, music notations, and music analysis. He has published several books for Ricordi, DeAgostini, Berben, Rugginenti, Volontè, Curci, Davinci-Edition. His book, Semiography and Semiology of Contemporary Music (ISBN: 9788876656163) can be found on Amazon.

Diego Ricchiuti

Diego is Co-founder and Creative Director of Affinity Project, an independent video game developer based in Milan. With Affinity Project, he has developed Don-Ay, the first donation game ever made. He is Professor of Game Design at the Italian Video games Academy (AIV) in Rome, where he is the Head of the Game Design department.

From 2014 to 2017, he worked at Ubisoft on the Game Design of Ghost Recon Wildlands, also creating the AI behaviour behind game vehicles, AI Vs AI, and AI Vs Player. He works as Game Designer & Pipeline Director for Techland studios, Wroclaw, Poland, where he is responsible for several game features with particular regard to the fun factor, player engagement, and general ratings.

His education includes a degree in IT Digital Communication at the Bocconi University of Milan and a bachelor degree in Interactive Media Design at the University of Suffolk, UK, where he graduated with honor.

Paolo Fosso (Program Director)

Composer and Event Manager. CEO of Merry-Go-Sound, dedicated to promoting contemporary music and digital awareness by featuring a range of events throughout the year. The company produces the highSCORE Festival and the Screen Music Program. President of the Conservatory of Pavia from 2010 to 2013. Selected by the European Commission in Brussels as Expert both in the MEDIA and in the Culture programs.

Global Head of Contents at Campus Party, the greatest technological experience of the world. He studied Computer Science at the University of Milan and Composition at the Conservatory of Milan. As a passionate Entrepreneur, he invests in marketing and technology. Recipient of the Ivano Becchi Professional Award endowed by the Banca del Monte di Lombardia Foundation.

Keyboardist and composer for the rock band Armonite.