Marvin Hamlisch Contest Winners
Third Annual Contest (2014-2015)
Carlos Simon’s music is deeply rooted in the tradition of neo-romanticism with contemporary influences of passionate lyricism and driving rhythms. Simon’s musical vocabulary stretches from Classical, Gospel, and Jazz. Carlos Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehouse College (Piano and Composition) and a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University (Composition). His music appears nightly on the Herman Cain Show in 2010. He has compositions published by Gregorian Institute of America (GIA) Publications. He has participated in workshops and masterclasses led by orchestrator and composer, Conrad Pope and will participate in the ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring Workshop this June. Mr. Simon is currently studying composition with emphasis in film music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
See more of Carlos’s work at www.coliversimon.com
Runner Up, 2015
Jesse Bouvier is a Los Angeles based composer, originally from Flagstaff, Arizona. Specializing in Film music, he has grown to explore and learn from many different genres and instruments. These influences continue to shape and expand his voice, and provide a substantial musical vocabulary from which to pull his inspiration. Jesse is a 2015 graduate of the Media Composition department at Cal State, Northridge.
See more of Jesse’s work at www.jessebouvier.com×
Andrew Broadwater is a composer, multiinstrumentalist, and music educator from Baltimore, MD. He performs professionally on violin, viola, piano, recorder, steel pan, and hammered dulcimer. Andrew studied at the Peabody Conservatory, earning BM’s in viola and recorder, and New York University, earning his MM in film scoring. His music has been used in film, television, radio, websites, albums, concerts, recitals, and weddings. Recent projects include two albums of Andrew’s own production, Let It Ring and Heartstrings. Andrew has also maintained a studio of private music students for over 10 years. He is currently faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County and the Maryland Music Academy.
See more of Andrew’s work at www.andrewbroadwater.com×
Obadiah Brown-Beach is a composer and sound designer specializing in music and audio for film, TV, and video games. He attained his Masters in Scoring for Film, TV, and Video Games from the Berklee College of Music in 2014 and previously studied at Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN, where he sang in the Concordia Choir. He has a wide range of experience in the industry, from composing, arranging, and conducting orchestral recording sessions synced to picture, to creating and implementing electronic music and sound effects for games. Prior to his jump into composing for media, Obadiah performed as a vocalist and guitarist in Seattle-based melodic metal band, The Willow Collective, where he recorded and mixed their album, Horizon Lost. His work has been represented throughout the US and Spain at movie premieres and such events as Indiecade, Faerieworlds Festival, App Trade Centre, and more.
See more of Obadiah’s work at www.obadiahbrownbeach.com
Nick Dolan is an award-winning film composer whose experience and abilities include working as music supervisor,arranger, songwriter, music editor, copyist, conductor, and orchestrator. Nick has had the privilege of working with filmmakers from all around the United States and Canada, with clients including Paramount Pictures, MTV, NBC, E!, Lifetime, Hallmark and more.
See more of Nick’s work at www.nickdolanmusic.com
Born in 1988 in a small town of Partizanske, Slovakia, John began his music education at 5 years old, when he started learning to play the piano. 12 years later, after winning numerous national and international piano competitions, he ventured into writing his own music. Since then, he has scored several short student films, a feature-length indie horror film, and Nightwing: The Series, created by Ismahawk, and is currently working with them on their new series, Minute Match-ups. John’s future projects also include several video games such as Valiance Online and Legends of Etherell.
Watch more of John’s work at https://soundcloud.com/johny-scigulinsky
Carlos Felipe Silva
Award-winning composer Carlos Felipe Silva was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began his musical studies at the Emil Friedman School. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where he studied violin performance with maestro Paul Sonner. After graduating from Interlochen, he moved back to Caracas and auditioned for the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. As a violin section member, he played for five years with this emblematic orchestra, led by world-renowned conductor Gustavo Dudamel. After touring and performing in major halls with the orchestra, he was accepted on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he expanded his studies in Composition and Film Scoring. Carlos’ compositions have earned numerous awards: he was the winner of the Millican Composition Competition in 2014, and a recipient of the achievement award by Berklee College of Music. He has been a collaborator for many projects, short films, live events, and concerts around the US. In the summer of 2014, Carlos was an intern at Music & Motion in Los Angeles, CA where he worked in projects such as Palmeras and Kidnapping Mr. Heineken. Carlos Felipe Silva continues to develop his professional career in Los Angeles, CA.
View more of Carlos’s work at https://soundcloud.com/carlosfelipesilva
Kevin Smithers is a film, TV and video game composer. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico, where he started his musical studies. He then moved to London to study for a degree at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, then to Valencia (Spain) to do a masters in Scoring for Film, TV and Video Games at Berklee College of Music’s new campus, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He now resides in Los Angeles, where he keeps developing his style and career in the industry.
See more of Kevin’s work at http://www.kevinsmithers.com×
Andrés Walker is an American/Chilean composer for media, arranger, producer and guitarist. He studied Composition and Arrangements in popular music at the Professional Institute of Modern Music in Chile and he’s currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University, as recipient of the Chilean National Scholarship and the Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship. As a composer, Andrés has worked in a variety of fields such as composing songs, concert music, music for film and for advertising. As an arranger/producer he has worked with many bands and soloist in many different styles (such as rock, pop, cumbia, acoustic folk, etc.), carrying out the responsibilities of arranging, recording, mixing and mastering these productions. As an electric guitarist he’s an active session and touring musician for platinum disc bands and soloists.×
Pierre-Alexandre Zucca is a french composer post-graduated in Audio Engineering. He started studying classical piano and music theory at the CNR (National Academy of Music) in Marseille (France). Based in Paris, he was taught to record sounds and mix audio for motion pictures and television at the International Film School of Paris. Now, he is involved in scoring for short films and commercials.
See more of PIerre-Alexandre’s work at www.pierrealexandrezucca.com×
SECOND ANNUAL CONTEST (2014)
WINNER: PAUL DEVLIN
Paul Devlin is a composer hailing from Motherwell, Scotland and currently residing in London, UK. Paul is a composer for film and television, with a particular interest in animation. His composition draw on his diverse musical background ranging from orchestral tuba to rock and blues piano. He has received commissions for compositions of original concert works as well as conducting work within musical theatre. Paul is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Composition for Screen at London’s Royal College of Music.
See more of Paul’s work at https://soundcloud.com/pauldevlin89
FIRST RUNNER-UP: RICHARD GOULD
Richard Gould grew up in “old” England prior to studying at Berklee College of Music in New England. He graduated in 2014, summa cum laude with majors in Film Scoring, Electronic Production & Design and a minor in Audio Design for Video Games. He has been fortunate to work with a diverse range of talented individuals on films, documentaries, games and apps to which he has lent his original music and sound works. Since 2012, Richard has been the Lead Sound Designer at Hexany Audio, an audio post-production company that he helped found. Richard is also an avid speaker on the topics of music and sound design and has spoken at numerous events including PAX East and most recently, Sigma Play.
SECOND RUNNER-UP: JEREMY LEIDHECKER
Jeremy Leidhecker, 27, holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Indiana, PA), a Master’s Degree in Conducting from Messiah College (Grantham, PA), and currently resides in Williamsport, PA. Jeremy toured with the world champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Rosemont, IL) for two summers (2007 and 2008), and was the high school band director of the Northern York County School District from 2009 to 2013. Currently, Jeremy is pursuing a career in film scoring and composition, and is an active arranger and composer for marching bands and schools around the United States.
See more of Jeremy’s work at http://www.leidhecker.com/
Facebook: Jeremy Leidhecker
FINALISTS AND SEMI-FINALISTS
Royal College of Music (2015)
Equal Interval System (EIS)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Berklee College of Music (2013)
New York University (2014)
New York, NY
Music Academy in Gdansk (2010)
IUP (2009), Messiah College (2013)
Instituto Superior de Musica de la UNT
San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina
Juan Cruz Luqui
Berklee College of Music (2014)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Berklee College of Music (2015)
WATCH THE ORIGINAL FILM
A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.
2008 CINE Golden Eagle Award – Student Division, Entertainment – Animation
2009 CINE Special Jury Award– Student Division, Entertainment – Animation
DIRECTOR: Joaquin Baldwin
MUSIC: Nick Fevola
INAUGURAL CONTEST (2013)
CO-WINNER: KEN PIERSON
Ken Pierson (ASCAP) is an award-winning and experienced composer with a specialty in writing for film and video games. Ken began composing in 2001, received his first commission in 2003, and has studied under Dr. John Hilliard and Dr. David Cottrell at James Madison University. Ken prides himself on being able to provide dramatic, top quality, and original custom-tailored music for any project and hopes to connect with up-and-coming film and video game creators who seek to enhance their media with music of the highest caliber.
CO-WINNER: SETH TSUI
Seth Tsui lives in Los Angeles, California, where his main focus is creating original music for films, commercials, and video games. Since graduating from DePauw University in 2011 with a trombone performance degree, Seth has tried to define his own path as a 21st century musician by touring nationally as lead vocalist and guitarist with his original rock band Addictive Stranger, playing trombone in jazz, funk and polka bands, playing Chinese music on the erhu and Turkish music on the kamancha, and even pushing the boundaries of electronic music creation with “music hackers” in San Francisco. Additionally, he has worked as head engineer in a recording studio, filmed a documentary in Inner Mongolia, and regularly records production sound for films.
For more information, check out his website at sethtsui.com.
RUNNER-UP: ROBIN HALL
Robin Hall is an English composer, arranger and producer who writes music to meet the needs of today’s advancing media; and specializing in scoring music for film, television, video games, as well as music to accompany adverts on radio, TV and other types of interactive media. He holds a double degree in Film Scoring and Jazz Composition from Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
FINALISTS AND SEMI-FINALISTS
Anthony Benis, Brown University
and Alex Benis, Syracuse University
Missouri State University
Berklee College of Music
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Biola University, B.M. and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, M.M.
James Madison University
DePauw University (Class of 2011)
New England Conservatory of Music and Columbia College, Chicago
SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music (Class of 2009) and NYU Steinhardt
William Paterson University
WATCH THE ORIGINAL FILM
2012 CINE Golden Eagle Award
Student Division, Entertainment – Animation
This is a story about an impossible miracle after World War III, in the year 2030. A piano transforms into a robot and, as his final opus, sings an operatic love song to bring life back to the deserted world.
School of Visual Arts, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department
Laszlo L. Ujvari, Director/Writer/Lead Animator