Benjamin Wallfisch

Benjamin Wallfisch – Composer Profile

ben_wallfisch_portGolden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Benjamin Wallfisch is recognized as one of the leading film composers of his generation, with a career spanning over a decade and 60 feature films. He has composed music for such legendary film makers as Steven Spielberg, Rupert Wyatt, Gore Verbinksi and Lars von Trier, and has worked on scores that have been recognized with awards and nominations at the Academy Awards®BAFTAs® and World Soundtrack Awards.

Benjamin recently completed the much-anticipated Blade Runner 2049 with Hans Zimmer. Prior to that he wrote the score to Andrés Muschietti’s box office phenomenon, It, which became the highest ever grossing horror in the US. Other recent scores include Ted Melfi’s multiple award-winning feature Hidden Figures (nominated as Best Picture in the 2017 Academy Awards®) that he co-composed with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer, Gore Verbinski’s psychological thriller A Cure For Wellness for New Regency/Twentieth Century Fox, Bitter Harvest released by Roadside Attractions, Mully from Academy Award® winning producer James Moll and David Sandberg’s Annabelle: Creation for New Line/Warner Bros, his third movie for the studio.

Benjamin made his scoring debut at the age of 24, composing the music for Thomas Vinterberg’s Dear Wendy. This score earned him his first nomination as ‘Discovery of the Year’ in the 2005 World Soundtrack Awards and also 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.

The score for Summer in February garnered Wallfisch his third nomination at the 2013 World Soundtrack Awards, following its release on Deutsche Gramophone to international critical acclaim. The score was awarded ‘Best Score – Special Feature’ in the 2013 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

Benjamin regularly collaborates with Academy Award® winning industry legend Hans Zimmer, and has been invited to compose additional music for Steve McQueen’s internationally acclaimed feature 12 Years a Slave (winning Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards®), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Little Prince. He was honored to have been invited to score the documentary short Auschwitz, directed by James Moll, produced by Steven Spielberg and narrated by Meryl Streep.

Benjamin’s other recent film credits include Warner Bros/New Line’s breakout thriller Lights Out, Pinewood’s Pressure, the feature animation Air Bound, produced by Avi Arad (Spiderman). the Lionsgate thriller Hours starring Paul Walker and directed by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), the Viking saga thriller from Vertigo Films, Hammer of the Gods, the historical drama Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain starring Martin Sheen, Relativity’s feature Desert Dancer starring Frieda Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Slumdog Millionaire) and the BBC original movie, The Thirteenth Tale, produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter), directed by James Kent, and starring Vanessa Redgrave.

Benjamin is also known for orchestrating and conducting Dario Marianelli’s Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winning score for Atonement and the Academy Award® and Golden Globe®nominated scores for Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice. He also collaborated with Marianelli on other acclaimed features including V for VendettaThe SoloistEat Pray Love and Jane Eyre. He composed additional music for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and went on to arrange the music for the acclaimed feature documentary Life in a Day, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald. He also composed additional music for The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins and also for Red Riding Hood, directed by Catherine Hardwicke of the Twilight series.

With over 20 acclaimed albums of his music released to date, Benjamin has performed live in over 100 concerts worldwide, leading orchestras such as the London PhilharmonicPhilharmoniaLos Angeles PhilharmonicLos Angeles Chamber Orchestra and theSydney Symphony at venues including the Hollywood BowlSydney Opera House and Royal Festival Hall. He is grateful to have collaborated, recorded and performed his music with artists including Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock and Yuja Wang.

Benjamin was recently invited to collaborate with iconic multiple award winning artist Adele, writing the string arrangements for her tribute to George Michael at the 59th Grammy Awards.
Classically trained, Benjamin studied at the Royal Academy of Music, obtaining the degree of Master of Music in composition in 2002. In 2014 he was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Film
BLADE RUNNER 2049
(co-composed with Hans Zimmer)
Alcon Entertainment
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Cynthia Sikes, Bud Yorkin
Starring: Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, Mackenzie Davis
ITNew Line Cinema / Warner Bros
Director: Andrés Muschietti
Producers: Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, Roy Lee, Dan Lin
Starring: Bill Skarsgård, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard
ANNABELLE: CREATIONNew Line Cinema / Warner Bros
Director: David F. Sandberg
Producers: Peter Safran, James Wan
Starring: Lulu Wilson
A CURE FOR WELLNESS20th Century Fox / Regency Films
Director: Gore Verbinski
Producers: David Crockett, Arnon Milchan, Gore Verbinski
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Celia Emrie
HIDDEN FIGURES
(co-composed with Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer)
20th Century Fox / Levantine Films
Director: Theodore Melfi
Producers: Peter Chernin, Donna Gigliotti, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe
***2016 Golden Globe Nomination: Best Original Score***
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
(additional music)
Warner Bros
Director: Zack Snyder
Producers: Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
LIGHTS OUTWarner Bros / Grey Matter Productions
Director: David F. Sandberg
Producers: Lawrence Grey, Eric Heisserer, James Wan
Starring: Teresa Palmer
BOBBYEntertainment One
Director: Ron Scalpello
Producers: Sarah Arnott, Matt Lorenzo, Bennett McGhee
WITHINThe Safran Company
Director: Phil Claydon
Producers: Rick Alvarez, Peter Safran
Starring: Michael Vartan, Nadine Velazquez
MULLYSterling Light Productions
Director: Scott Haze
Producers: Lukas Behnken, Scott Haze, Elissa Shay
BITTER HARVESTDevil’s Harvest Productions
Director: George Mendeluk
Producers: Chad Barager, Jaye Gazeley, Roman Kindrachuk
Starring: Max Irons, Barry Pepper, Samantha Banks, Terence Stamp, Emilia Fox
GAMBAArad Productions
Director: Tomohiro Kawamura, Yoshihiro Komori
Producer: Avi Arad
PRESSUREBigscope Films
Director: Ron Scalpello
Producers: Laurie Cook, Alan McKenna, Jason Newmark
Starring: Matthew Goode, Danny Huston
12 YEARS A SLAVE (Additional Music)Regency Enterprises / River Road Ents / Plan B
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers: Dede Gardiner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dwight Henry, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Chris Chalk
THE THIRTEENTH TALEHEYDAY FILMS / BBC
Director: James Kent
Producers: David Heyman, Norma Heyman
Starring: Olivia Coleman, Vanessa Redgrave, Emily Beecham, Antonia Clarke, Alexandra Roach, Steven Mackintosh
BHOPAL: A Prayer For RainRising Star Ents
Director: Ravi Kumar
Producers: Ravi Walia
Starring: Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton
DESERT DANCER Crossday Productions
Director: Richard Raymond
Producers: Luis Astorquia, Pippa Cross, Izabella Miko
Starring: Frida Pinto, Tom Cullen
HAMMER OF THE GODSDirector: Farren Blackburn
Producers: Rupert Preston, Huberta Von Liel
Starring: Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo
***Nominated for Best Song in a Film HMMA Awards 2013***

***2013 WSA Discovery Of The Year Award***
HOURSThe Safran Co
Director: Eric Heisserer
Producers: Peter Safran
Starring: Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez
SUMMER IN FEBRUARYCrossday Productions
Director: Chris Menaul
Producers: Jeremy Cowdery, Pippa Cross, Janette Day
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens, Emily Browning
***WINNER HMMA Award for Best Score - Special Feature Film 2013***

***Nominated IMFCA Award for Best Score - Film Drama 2013***
CONQUEST 1453Aksoy Film
Director: Faruk Aksoy
Producers: Faruk Aksoy
DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVEFarenheit films
Director: Luisa Pretolani
Producers: Vikki Scott, Mark Wolfe
Starring: Selma Blair, Richard Dreyfuss
ALL THAT WAY FOR LOVEFuture Films
Director: Henry Mason
Producers: Oliver Royds, Giles Skilicorn, Henry R Swindell
THE RITE(Additional Music)
Warner Bros Pictures
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Producers: Janniferm Davison Killoran, Alex Mace, Julie Yorn
Composer: Alex Heffes / Brian Reitzell
Starring: Anthony Hopkins
RED RIDING HOOD (Additional Music)
New Line Cinema
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Producers: Beau Flynn, Trpp Vinson
Composer: Alex Heffes
Starring: Amanda Setfried, Gary Oldman, Virginai Madsen, Julie Christie, Max Irons
MOON(Opening music)
Liberty Films
Director: Duncan Jones
Producers: Stuart Fenegan, Trudie Styler
Composer: Clint Mansell
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey
BREAKING THE MOULDBBC
Director: Peter Hoar
Producers: Pier Wilkie
Starring: Dominic West, Denis Lawson, Oliver Dimsdale, Joe Armstrong, John Sessions
THE ESCAPISTPicture Farm
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Producers: Alan Maloney, Adrian Sturgess
Starring: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper
Nominated for Best Original Film Score in the 2009 Ivor Novello Awards and his second nomination as Discovery of the Year in the 2008 World Soundtrack Awards.
DEAR WENDYLucky Punch
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: Lars Von trier
Producers: Sisse Graum Jorgensen, Mark Williams
Starring: Jamie Bell, Bill Pullman
Nominated as Discovery of the Year in the World Soundtrack Awards and Best Original Score in the Danish Film Academy Awards
Television
THE ENFIELD HAUNTINGEleven Films
Director: Kristoffer Nyholm
Producer: Adrian Sturges
Starring: Matthew Macfadyen, Timothy Spall, Julia Stevenson
Orchestration and Arrangement
JANE EYRERuby Films
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Producers: Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins
LIFE IN A DAYYou Tube/Hanway Films
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Producers: Liza Marshall
EAT PRAY LOVEColumbia Pictures
Director: Ryan Murphy
Producers: Dede Gardner
Starring: Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, James Franco
ROBIN HOOD Universal Pictures
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Russell Crowe, Brian Grazer
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Maz Von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Danny Huston
EVERYBODY'S FINEMiramax
Director: Kirk Jones
Producers: Vittorio Checci Gori, Ted Field, Glynnis Murray, Gianni Nunari
Starring: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell
DOGHOUSECarnaby International
Director: Jake West
Producers: Mike Loveday
Starring: Noel Clarke, Danny Dyer
MUTANT CHRONICLESEdward R Pressman Films
Director: Simon Hunter
Producers: Stephen Belafonte, Tim Dennison, Peter La Terriere, Pras, Edward R Pressman
Starring: Ron Perlman, Sean Pertwee, Jon Malkovitch
AGORAMod Productions
Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Producers: Alvaro Augustin, Fernando Boveira
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella
THE SOLOIST Dreamworks SKG
Director: Joe Wright
Producer: Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff
Starring: Robert Downey Jnr, Jamie Foxx
THE BRAVE ONEWarner Bros Pictures
Director: Neil Jordan
Producer: Susan Downey, Joel Silver
Starring: Jodie Foster
ATONEMENTUniversal Pictures
Director: Joe Wright
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, James McAvoy. Kiera Knightley
GOODBYE BAFANABanana Films
Director: Bille August
Producers: Bille August, Bob Graham
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Diane Kruger
SHROOMS Capital Films
Director: Paddy Breathnach
Producers: Paddy Macdonald, Robert Walpole
Starring: Jack Huston
ERAGONFox 2000 Pictures
Director: Stefan Fangmeier
Producers: Jon Davies, Wyck Godfrey
Starring: Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Robert Carlyle, Ed Speeler
MISS POTTERPhoenix Pictures
Director: Chris Noonan
Producers: David Kirschner, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W Messer, Cory Sienega, David Thwaites
Starring: Renee Zellwegger, Ewan Macgregor, Emily Watson, Bill Paterson
THE RETURNRoset Film Productions
Director: Asif Kapadia
Producers: Aaron Ryder, Jeffrey Silver
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar
COPYING BEETHOVENSidney Kimmel Ents
Director: Agniezska Holland
Producers: Sidney Kimmel, Michael Taylor
Starring: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger
V FOR VENDETTAWarner Bros Pictures
Director: James McTeigue
Producers: Grant Hill, Lorne Orleans, Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski,
Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving
OPAL DREAMAcademy Features
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Producers: Lizzie Gower, Nick Morris, Emile Sherman
NANNY MCPHEE Universal Pictures
Director: Kirk Jones
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lindsay Doran
Starring: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth
THE BROTHERS GRIMMMiramax
Director: Terry Gilliam
Producers: Daniel Bobker, Charles Rovin
Starring: Heath Ledger, Matt Damon
PRIDE AND PREJUDICEFocus features
Director: Joe Wright
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster
Starring: Kiera Knightley, Tallulah Riley, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Matthew Macfayden
BEYOND THE GATESCrossday
Director: Mochael Caton Jones
Producers: David Belton, Pippa Cross, Jens Meurer
Starring: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy
SONS OF THE WIND (Les Fils Du Vent)Dan Films
Director: Julien Seri
Producer: Yves Marmion
CHASING LIBERTYAlcon Ents
Director: Anton Cadiff
Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew A Kosove, David Parfitt
Starring: Mandy Moore, Jeremy Piven

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