Marvin Hamlisch Contest Winners & Runners-Up

Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and finalists of the 5th Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest!

Chris McGuire (Emerging category) and Chance Anderson (Youth category)  will be honored with the Marvin Hamlisch Award, presented by Terre Blair Hamlisch, at CINE Celebrates: New York on November 17, 2017.

Our thanks to the teams from Mighty Coconut and DigiPen Institute of Technology for providing this year’s remarkable films for our composers to score: The Oceanmaker (written/directed by Lucas Martell, original music by Christopher Reyman) and Adija (directed by Apollonia Thomaier).

Over 600 composers from 69 countries who participated in this year’s contest. Thanks to all who make the Marvin Hamlisch Contest a global celebration of our universal language!


CHRIS MCGUIRE (Emerging Category)

Calgary, Canada
Chris McGuire is a British film composer based in Calgary, Canada. He is an active composer for the media including feature films, short films, advertising and stock music commissions. Projects Chris has worked on have been funded by BAFTA and Arts Council UK funding. Chris’ scores have featured in a variety of projects which have been nominated in film festivals across the UK. He won the Thinkspace Education Christmas trailer competition in 2016. Chris has worked closely with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Busch ensemble. He is developing links across the Atlantic, from Calgary to London. For more news, examples of work and contact details please visit

CHANCE ANDERSON (Youth Category)

Wylie High School, Wylie, TX, United States
While currently attending Wylie High School as a Junior, Chance is an aspiring film composer and has been led by mentors Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, and Mychael Danna. This past year, he has been blessed with many opportunities in the field of music such as performing at Carnegie Hall in New York, participate in a master class taught by Hans Zimmer himself, and performed in his high school’s musical orchestra.” Every day I am learning new and exciting information about my compositions, performing, and music in general and hope one day to become a mentor to a young composer just like those I have today.”


PETER BAUMANN (Emerging Category)

University of York, York, United Kingdom
Peter Baumann is currently studying for an MA in Music Production at the University of York, where, in 2016, he graduated from their BA in Music course with First Class Honours with Distinction. Alongside his academic study and composing, he is a French horn player and singer, and is currently pursuing a career in sound for film and TV. Originally from Guildford, Peter was a chorister at Guildford Cathedral and a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. During his undergraduate degree, he used his dissertation project as an opportunity to explore aspects of sound design, sound editing, and composing, working on student film, ‘The Evolution of Madagascar’. The film went on to be shown at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival where it won first prize in the student category, and Peter was awarded 100% by the University of York for his work on the project – for the first time in the history of the Department of Music. In the past year, he has written the score for six short films and is currently working on another documentary project.


Music School of Pallini, Athens, Greece
Natalia was born in August 3rd, 2000 in Greece and is currently a student in the Music School of Pallini in Athens. She is studying the piano and the cello and in her free time she is composing songs as well as original pieces for orchestra. In 2015 she participated in the Panhellenic Composition Contest X.O.N Hellas (Youth Choir and Orchestra) and was awarded the first prize for her composition ”Silence”. She is an active member of the String Ensemble in the Music School of Pallini as well as the Underground Youth Orchestra of Athens, playing the cello. Her genuine interest in film scoring led her to participate in the 5th Zurich International Film Music Competition of 2016 for short film. In addition she enjoys painting and drawing as well as writing short stories for which she composes original scores. In the near future she wishes to pursue her studies at the university, studying music composition for film.


DANNY RYAN (Emerging Category)

Royal College of Music, London, United Kingdom
Danny Ryan is currently studying for his masters in Composition for Screen as the Christopher Hogwood Scholar, supported by a Clifton Parker Award, at the Royal College of Music in London. He has recently graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours, after having attained the prestigious RNCM Gold Medal for composition 2016. He was also the recipient of the 2014 Grindon Dearden Prize for composition, as well as the 2011 Thornbury Orchestra Composers’ Competition Winner. As a composer for film and media, Danny continually collaborates with film makers and other media composers, on projects ranging from stop-motion animation, to documentary and mobile video games. Along side this he also creates tracks for production music libraries and advertising. Danny has additionally been involved in Music Supervision and Sound Design on films, as well as Composition. Previously he has also been an assistant for composers such as Anne Nikitin, Richard Blackford and Katie Chatburn. In tandem with his media music activity, Danny works as an engraver of concert music scores. Additionally as a composer of concert music, he has been performed at the Bridgewater Hall, and many other venues, by groups such as GYJO, the RNCM Brand New Orchestra and New Ensemble, and has been workshopped by the likes of the Manchester Camerata, and the BBC Singers. From 2013 to 2016, he arranged a wealth of Pop songs for the RNCM Session Orchestra, one of which was featured on CBBC television, and he was also composer for the 2015 Manchester Theatre Awards Ceremony. Danny is always looking for new exciting projects, is thrilled by the process of collaboration and is determined to develop his career ever further. Find out more at

TOBIAS RATKA (Youth Category)

Vienna, Austria
Tobias grew up in a little town near Vienna, Austria. He learned to play the guitar for 7 years, taught himself how to play piano and the drums and composes music almost everyday since the age of 7. He is going to school in Baden bei Wien (Baden near Vienna) and will graduate in 2018. Tobias has already scored several short films and videos.