The FMF Young Talent Award have been handed out!
For the third time, the most talented film composers of the young generation have faced off in the contest for the FMF Young Talent Awards! The international jury headed by Professor Daniel Carlin, the director of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Programme at the University of Southern California, first place was awarded to Antonio Di Iorio (Italy.) Second place went to Kristjan Bergey (Canada) and Moritz Schmittat (United Kingdom), while third place was not awarded. The winner received his award during the International TV Series Gala at the Tauron Arena, in front of an audience of TV composers, Hollywood guests and closer to 12,000 viewers gathered at the concert, who heard the winning suite composed for a fragment of an episode of the cult series The Borgias. The award was presented by Izabela Helbin, the director of the Krakow Festival Office, and Robert Piaskowski, the FMF artistic director. Congratulations to the winners!
In previous years, nearly 160 composers from 16 countries worked on the composition for the animation The Dark Side of the Moon and to the bestselling video game Bioshock Infinite. This time, young artists took on the series format. The competition task was to compose music for a fragment of an episode from the series The Borgias, which tells the history of one of the most powerful families of Renaissance Rome – Pope Alexander VI Borgia and his children. Written and directed by Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa Smile, Interview with the Vampire), the scope of the production, excellent set design, costumes, and first-rate cast (including Jeremy Irons) garnered the production international success. The series was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including one for the music by Trevor Morris, a Canadian composer working with the best directors and producers of the film industry, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Neil Jordan, as well as Tony and Ridley Scott. Morris was one of the jury members of this year’s competition, raising its prestige.
In addition to Daniel Carlin and Trevor Morris, the international jury which judged the entries included: Robert Townson, head of the largest film music record label, Varèse Sarabande, Michael Todd, Senior Director of Film and Television Music at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Doreen Ringer-Ross, Vice-President of Film and TV at BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), Richard Guérin , Philip Glass’ music consultant, Paweł Pawlik, Deputy Programming Director at RMF Classic, and Robert Piaskowski, artistic director of the Film Music Festival in Krakow.
The main prize is the FMF Young Talent Award statuette, designed by Krakow artist Stanisław Juszczak, as well as the presentation of the winning score by a full symphonic orchestra during the International TV Series Gala in front of an almost 12,000 person audience and the most important composers of TV music from Hollywood and Europe.
In the summary of the verdict, Professor Carlin pointed out that:
Our first-place winner this year is further proof that film scoring is a global phenomenon. Antonio Di Iario hails from Italy, where he created and submitted an extraordinary musical cue that captures both the overall mood and dramatic arc of the scene, while also elegantly complementing the scene’s many shifts of perspective and emotion.
“The level of this year’s competition was extremely high. We received nearly 100 submissions from 22 countries. 26 composers qualified for the final, and they also participated in the cycle of workshops and master classes led by experts from Hollywood. This shows that the FMF has become an interesting platform for the development of professional education of young composers,” said Robert Piaskowski, originator of the competition.
54 composers participated in the first edition of the competition; the jury selected the submission of Dutch composer Matthijs Kieboom as the winner, with honours also going to Antonio Di Iorio (Italy), Łukasz Pieprzyk and Tomasz Opałka (Poland). In 2014, the jury selected Jan Sanejka and Maciej Dobrowolski (Poland) and Joep Sporck (Netherlands) from almost 90 submissions.
“After the first two editions of the competition, we know that the winner stands before an open door to a career in the film industry. Antonio Di Iorio entered the contest again, demonstrating his willpower and determination and winning the competition. This shows that the prestige of the award and the authority of the jury make the award one of the most important honours for young creators in the film industry. The winner of the first edition, Matthijs Kieboom, signed a contract with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and is today one of the most acclaimed young composers in the Netherlands. Last year’s winner, Jan Sanejko from Poland, is successfully developing his music career. Di Iorio is an experienced young creator, recording more and more serious projects. We are very pleased with his win,” said Piaskowski, artistic director of the FMF.
Antonio Di lorio
Born in 1983 in Campobasso in Italy, he is a composer of film and concert music, orchestrator, conductor and pianist. He started learning to play the piano at age 5, at age 8 he began composing. Attended the Lorenzo Perosi Music Conservatory in Italy, where he studied piano, composition and earned a master’s degree with honours in composition. He studied orchestral conducting. In 2011-12, he studied at PNWFS in Seattle, where he earned a master’s degree with honours, studying under two-time Emmy winner, Hummie Mann. In the USA, Di Iorio composed for feature films and documentaries (including Spacecraft Escape, Marilyn’s Dress, Cane), recorded music and conducted an orchestra during recording. He composed music for I Quattro Aspiranti, a 3D film titled Code Guardian and the film Primo Girone. Di Iorio has won prizes in many composition contests; among others, he was honoured in the Quartetto Uscita Firence Sud competition in Florence, he took 3rd place in the Premio Rustichelli contest in Modena and won the top prize in the 33rd Valentino Bucchi competition, for his choral-orchestral composition “Eja Mater.” In 2013, he was nominated for the Hollywood Music In Media Award. He took 2nd place in the FMF Young Talent Award competition during the 6th Film Music Festival in Krakow, for his composition Moon Mission for the short film Dark Side of the Moon.
Canadian composer and saxophonist, currently working as the assistant to Canadian composer Robert Carli. As a freelance composer, Kristjan Bergey has composed music for many different projects, working with producers and directors from across Canada. He most often creates music for short documentaries and short films. It is worth nothing that in 2013, he worked on the film The Impermanence of the Ordinary, presented at the HotDocs Film Festival, and a year later, he composed the music for the film adaptation of the classic Canadian poem, “The Shooting of Dan McGrew.” The experience he has built up working as a saxophonist and as a composer helps him successfully present a wide range of musical styles in his compositions. During his studies at Humber College in Toronto, where he studied in the prestigious music programme, he won a series of awards for his accomplishments in the field of composition and production and graduated as one of top students in his class. He is the laureate of the President’s Award and the Fred Sherratt Award – two of the most important distinctions given to graduates.
A film music composer, he is currently working in London. After graduating secondary school in Germany, he moved to the Netherlands and attended the Utrecht School of the Arts, where he studied composition and music production. After graduation he received a scholarship and began studies in the field of film composition at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London. Since graduation he has scored six cinematic film productions, ten television documentaries and 40 short films and television advertisements. He is the laureate of many prizes, including the Young Composer 2014 at the Transatlantic Film and Music Festival in Poznan and the best soundtrack award at the American International Film Festival.