Michael Todd

A professional musician himself, Todd is motivated by a deep desire to nurture the diversity of talented rising and established composers as well as responsible for some of ASCAP’s (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) most significant signings, as Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Music & Visual Media.

He has produced many of ASCAP’s flagship career development opportunities including “I Create Music” Expo master sessions and panels, along with the highly regarded ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. Todd is also a board member of the Association of Independent Music Publisher (AIMP), The Recording Academy (NARAS) Professional Development committee member, Songwriters Hall of Fame West Coast Events committee member, The World Soundtrack Academy (Belgium) advisory board member and consults for a number of international film music festivals within Europe including Krakow FMF promoting a global presence for ASCAP.

Howard Shore

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“For a composer, music can lie in what we see.”
From rock-n-roll to opera and film music, Howard Shore distinguishes himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished of today’s composers. Awarded three Oscars, three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards, he is David Cronenberg’s favorite composer as he composed the soundtracks of fifteen of his movies: The Brood, The Fly, Videodrome, eXistenZ, A Dangerous Method… Then, Martin Scorsese entrusted him with the original scores of After Hours, Gangs of New York, Aviator. He also scored the soundtracks of Seven, The Game, Panic Room, The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Wood, Esther Kahn, Jimmy P. and, more recently, Le Prince oublié by Michel Hazanavicius. His extraordinary filmography is even more amazing when one considers that he has also composed the original soundtracks of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, for which he won the Academy Awards. Howard Shore’s music is played around the world, notably with The Lord of the Rings live to projection. That concert and The Lord of the Rings Symphony have been performed more than 500 times.

Val Kuklowsky – Masterclass: Sound supervision

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Val Kuklowsky is an Emmy and BAFTA award nominee working as a post-production sound supervisor, with credits including Game of Thrones, Independence Day, A Knight’s Tale, U571 and Moonlighting.


Patrick Lemmens – Masterclass: Recording music for audio-visual media @ Galaxy Studios

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Patrick Lemmens was born in the German-speaking region in eastern Belgium in 1978. After secondary school he studied Sound Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf, Germany; in 2001 he graduated as one of Germany’s youngest Tonmeisters and immediately started his career at Galaxy Studios, Belgium, first as assistant to studio owner and music producer Wilfried Van Baelen, later as in-house Tonmeister for classical productions and orchestral recordings. Since the very beginning in 2005, Patrick Lemmens has been closely involved in the development of the three-dimensional audio format Auro-3D at Galaxy Studios; today he is being considered as an expert in recording and mixing music in this format, not only in the classical domain, but also in electronic music and jazz. Since 2008 he has been specializing in film music and has to this day recorded and/or mixed over 100 soundtracks for movies.


Alain Dessauvage – Panel: Work flow between filmmaker, composer and editor

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Alain Dessauvage is a Belgian film editor. He graduated with from the Royal Institute for theatre, cinema and sound (RITCS) in 1994. When he started off his career he mainy edited publicity clips. Afterwards he shifted his focus to feature films, editing films such as ‘Aanrijding in Moscou’, ‘Adem’ and ‘Frits and Freddy’.


Chandler Poling – Masterclass: What’s publicity and how should one take advantage of it?

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Chandler Poling is the Co-Founder and President of White Bear PR, a Public Relations firm specializing in Publicity for Composers, Music Supervisors, and Film & Music Festivals around the world. Ever since he started in PR in 2011, Chandler ran numerous successful Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA and Golden Globe campaigns leading to nominations and wins for his clients. He created the first ever composer-focused panel at Comic-Con San Diego, the World’s Largest Pop Culture Convention, as well as at WonderCon, its sister convention. Chandler is proud to be one of the founding members of The Alliance for Women Film Composers, helping to increase the visibility of women composers and advocate for their inclusion within the industry. He currently sits on the boards of the Alliance and the World Soundtrack Academy.


Lucy Bright – Masterclass: Who’s who in the international screen composers industry

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Lucy Bright started out at Mute Records in 1996, spending four years working with artists such as Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and Sonic Youth and avant-garde composer Simon Fisher Turner who scored Derek Jarman’s films. She then moved to Warner Records for six years working in the classical division and overseeing the film score releases such as ‘The Hours’ (Philip Glass) and ‘Requiem for a Dream’ (Clint Mansell). She managed Michael Nyman during a particularly exciting period (2006-07) when he worked on James Marsh’s Academy Award-winning documentary ‘Man on Wire’ which led her to collaborate with Nyman’s publisher Music Sales, a company she then joined full time in 2008, overseeing an extraordinary roster of film composers.


Florencia di Concilio – Masterclass: Orchestration and how to create your personal sound ID

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Praised by the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety, Florencia Di Concilio has composed scores for award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Cannes, Berlin, and Sundance festivals. Recent soundtracks include Léa Mysius’ Ava, prizewinner at the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Fortnight, Fredrik Gertten’s Push, winner of the Audience Award at the 2019 CPHdox, River Phoenix’s posthumous opus Dark Blood, and Heddy Honigmann’s latest feature, Buddy. She was awarded the Grand Prize for Best Original Score at the 2019 Aubagne International Film Festival for her score for Daouda Diakhaté’s short feature Bulles d’Air. Di Concilio has written major symphonic works as a composer-in-residence with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and two piano concertos that have been performed by both South American and North American symphony orchestras. She has created music for groundbreaking visual artists like Camille Henrot, in a commission from the Jeu de Paume National Gallery in Paris, and for contemporary dance companies such as the CobosMika Dance Company in Barcelona.


Brian D’Oliveira – Masterclass: Scoring for new (interactive) media

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Brian D’Oliveira is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist based in Montreal, Canada. He is the founder and Creative Director of La Hacienda Creative. As the scores to his work reveal, Brian is also an ethnomusicologist and brings a unique take to his musical projects by studying and incorporating sounds and instruments from cultures all over the world.


Joe Henson & Alexis Smith – Masterclass: Scoring for new (interactive) media

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Ivor Novello award-winning duo Joe Henson and Alexis Smith began collaborating in 2005 when they co-produced an album for Joe’s band Seventhsun. After realising they had a similar approach to life and wildly divergent musical tastes, they formed a creative partnership that quickly encompassed songwriting, production, and composition. The duo has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry as well as being A-list composers for video games.

Benedikt Erlingsson

Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic director, author and actor. Of Horses and Men, Erlingsson’s first feature film as a writer-director, received the New Directors prize at the 2013 San Sebastián Film Festival and went on to win over 20 international awards, including the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize. Benedikt Erlingsson’s second feature Woman at War received the SACD Prize at the Critics’ week in Cannes 2018
and went on to win more than 25 international awards including The Nordic Council Film Prize 2018 and the LUX Prize.

Bruno Coulais

Bruno Coulais studied the violin and the piano while attending diligently the cinemas of the Paris’ Quartier Latin. Composer of a number of concert music pieces, he discovered, through Film scoring an additional mean of expression. Bruno Coulais envissors his art as a way of
embracing the world, revealing, trouvh the process, his gift as a modern alchemist as he mixes his own personal style with different cultures. Bruno Coulais has composed over 100 soundtracks including Microcosmos: Le peuple de l’herbe (César of the best original score in 1997 1997 ), Himalaya: L’enfance d’un chef by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud, Les rivières pourpres by Mathieu Kassovitz , Les Choristes by Christophe Barratier, Truands by Frédéric Schoendoerffer, MR 73 by Olivier Marshal, Coraline by Henry Selick, Brendan et le secret de Kells by Tomm Moore, Les Adieux à la reine by Benoit Jacquot, Le Chant de la mer by Anne Fontaine and more recently, Les saisons by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud.

Christophe Héral – Masterclass: Music composition for video games

Christophe Héral is a French composer and sound designer for cinema, television and video games. Renowned for his numerous compositions, he has, among others,  received the Best original music award at the Festival du cinéma d’animation français  de Bruz in 2011 for La douce. The short film La queue de la souris, for which he  composed the music, is nominated for a César in 2012 and after working on Jean  François Laguionie’s feature film L’Île de Black Mór, he receives the Jury’s special  mention at the Festival d’Annecy (2010) for Kérity, la maison des contes. In parallel,  he collaborates with Michel Ancel on the music of video games including Beyond  Good and Evil, which won many prizes; Rayman Origins; Tintin et le secret de la Licorne; and Rayman Legends (Ubisoft) for which he won the Best original music for  a video game award at the Game Paris Awards (2013). He is currently working on  two AAA games Beyond Good and Evil 2 (Ubisoft) and Wild (Sony), Laguionie’s next  feature le voyage du prince and four short films. Apart from all these awards,  Christophe Héral is curious and passioned by all cultures and types of music, and he  enjoys collecting musical instruments.

Cyrille Aufort – Masterclass: Working as an orchestrator and composer assistant

Eclectic Composer Cyrille Aufort began his career composing for theaters, short films, animated films before making his first cinema debut. He made his mark in the comedy genre (with Knock directed by Lorraine Lévy), in the thriller, the drama but has really started to establish his reputation both in France and abroad with films like Antartica: Ice and Sky (Luc Jacquet), Past Life (Avi Nesher), and A Perfect Man (Yann Goslan).

In 2018, he worked on the original scores of the Nox series of Mabrouk El Mechri for Canal +, then the TV movie Ma Mère le Crabe et Moi by Yann Samuell, the documentary Népal: Above Clouds by Eric Valli and the feature film The Other Story by Avi Nesher with whom he had previously collaborated for Past Life.

He co-authored with Gabriel Yared the music of A Royal Affair directed by Nikolaj Arcel, (Silver Bear for Best Leading Actor and Best Screenplay at the Berlinade 2012), award-winning film at the Robert Awards 2013 (Denmark) by 9 prizes including the one of the Best Original Music.

David Thor Jonsson

Pianist, musician and composer David Thor Jonsson is a wildly versatile and creative artist with a special passion for improvisation. He has performed in a number of ensembles as well as collaborating with many of Iceland’s foremost musicians, movie directors and artists – as instrumentalist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer. David has received numerous awards for his music, including both the Icelandic Music Prize and the Icelandic Theatre Prize as well as international awards for his original soundtrack for « Of Horses and Men ».

David’s performances, improvisation and composition meet effortlessly as a creation of musical ideas and sounds. He is driven by the general passion behind creation of things, in what way they are presented and passed on to people.

Davíd composed the music of Benedikt Erlingsson’s second feature « Woman at War », which received the SACD Prize at the Critics’ week in Cannes 2018 and went on to win more than 25 international awards including The Nordic Council Film Prize 2018 and the LUX Prize.

Denis Dercourt – Masterclass & Workshop: Composition based on script

From an early age, Denis Dercourt bathes in the world of music and cinema. Son (and grandson) of a producer and a piano teacher, he was soloist violin in the French Symphonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1993 and taught chamber music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. In 1997, the comedy Le déménagement marks his debut of Denis Dercourt as director. He founded with his brother the Les Films à un dollar company and made a name for himself in 1998 with Les Cachetonneurs. Music is again very important in his two following feature films: Mes enfants ne sont pas comme les autres then La tourneuse de pages, very noticed on the Croisette in 2006. His sixth film, Demain dès l’aube… (2008) is also presented in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.

Jean-Michel Bernard

Jean Michel Bernard, le 28 Mars 2018 dans les locaux de Steinway

Jean-Michel Bernard began playing the piano at the age of two. When he was 14, he was awarded first place at the Bordeaux Conservatory and later graduated from the Paris ‘Ecole Normale de Musique’. At 19, he recorded with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst pursuing a career as a jazz musician and performing with prominent jazz artists including Wild Bill Davis, Jimmy Woode (Duke Ellington’s bassist) and Eddie Davis.

From 1987 to 1991 he worked as musical director and conductor of the successful radio show « L’Oreille en Coin » on National Pubic Radio France Inter. Between 2000 and 2003, he performed with the Ray Charles Quartet on the European and Australian tours as organist and conductor, “this guy is a genius” Ray used to say concerning Jean-Mi-chel Bernard. He also scored many documentaries and commercials during the 90’s.

His career as a composer began with animated films, followed by collaborations with masters such as Lalo Schifrin and Ennio Morricone.

He frequently works with director Michel Gondry and has composed songs for films including « Human Nature » and « the Science of Sleep, » which screened at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. He was nominated for the World Soundtrack Awards in 2007 as Discovery of the Year and won the France Musique/UCMF award at the Cannes Film Festival the same year.

In 2008 he scored the music for Michel Gondry’s « Be Kind Rewind, » «Cash » by Eric Besnard, and « A Pain in the Ass » by Francis Veber. The same day « Be Kind Rewind » was shown at the Sundance Festival, Jean-Michel Bernard performed alongside rapper/singer Mos Def and Gondry, an avid drummer.

The following year, the Cannes Film Festival invited him to represent France in the film music concert program. He also received an award for his achievement outside of his native country from the European Union of Film Music Composers (UCMF) and was appointed as sound designer for both HBO’s channel and website.

He has collaborated with French actress and director Fanny Ardant on two of her films« Chimères Absentes » and « Cadences Obstinées » starring Gerard Depardieu and worked on Academy Award winning « Hugo » by Martin Scorsese. He scored the music of « Love Punch » by Joel Hopkins starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, « Love at First Child » by Anne Giafferi and « Money » by Georgian director Gela Babluani. Bernard has conduc-ted master classes at the Cannes Film Festival as well as in Montreal, Angers, La Rochelle, Krakow, Cologne and in Aubagne, where he performed a live version of « Jazz For Dogs, » an album co-created with Kimiko Ono and featuring a number of prestigious guests including Fanny Ardant, Francis Lai and Laurent Korcia.

In 2014, Jean-Michel Bernard began teaching film music classes at the Paris Conservatory and was guest of honor with Michael Giacchino at the Audi Talent Awards in Paris with the Paris Symphonic Orchestra, at Braunschweig Festival and at Soundtrack Cologne Festival.

He scored “Terra”, a contemporary dance project which premiered at the Coronet in London in March 2016 and participated as composer, arranger and performer on The Avalanches long-awaited second album « Wildflower . »

His most recent project is an album celebrating the legendary Lalo Schifrin entitled « Jean-Michel Bernard plays Lalo Schifrin » which includes 3 piano duets with the master himself. The album will be released in 2017 with concerts in Los Angeles, Paris, and Japan, at the Tokyo Blue Note Jazz Festival.

Jérôme Lemonnier – Masterclass & Workshop: Composition based on script

Jérôme Lemonnier started playing piano at the age of 5. He pursued his musical education at the Ecole Normale Normale de Musique, then at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris and graduated from Sorbonne after following the Musicologie program in 1984.

Jérôme has composed, produced and edited a number of soundtracks for the arts and entertainment industry, including TV shows, theater, songs and advertisements. After meeting with the film maker and screen writer Denis Dercourt in 2006, Jérôme starts producing music and soundtracks for the film industry. His first production, The Page Tuner, is nominated for Best Original Music Award at the Cesar 2007. Jérôme also worked with filmmakers Christophe Ali, Nicolas Bonilauri, Raphaël Nadjari and Emmanuel Courcol.

Lucie Bourgouin – Masterclass: Copyright

Lucie Bourgouin studied at Montreal University where she got a bachelor degree in music in 1981. A year later she started working as a communication manager for SDE (Procan), a copyright society, alongside contemporary music composers. That’s when her interest for copyright grew. Afterwards she worked for two years for SODRAC, a copyright society specialized in reproduction, where her main objective was to look after every products related to Radio-Canada. Eventually she became the manager of the product management department. Her task was to allow companies to market products related to the national society (books, records, toys, etc.). For six years she collaborated with radio stations and TV channels all around Canada in order to create a central management system for every products related to Radio-Canada. After staff cuts in the company, she seized the opportunity to create her own copyright society, Permission, on February 1st in 1995.

Nathalie Courville

Nathalie Courville has evolved in the fields of communications, marketing, culture and events for over 30 years. She provides marketing and private financing advice to various cultural and event organizations in Canada and Europe.

Since September 2018, she is based in Brussels. She combines an invited professor position in the Master in Event Management at the IHECS (Institute of Higher Studies of Social Communication) to a position of strategic adviser at the BME (Brussels Major Events). The ASBL organizes major events occurring in the city of Brussels.

In 2010, Nathalie. Courville was part of the authors collective that wrote La Commandite au Québec, published by Info-Presse in Montreal. Her first book, « Creating Winning Partnerships, from sponsorship to strategic alliances » was published in August 2015 by Transcontinental.

Tomm Moore

Born January 7th, 1977 in Newry, Northern Ireland, Tomm Moore is a director of animation film. He directed in 2009 Brendan and the secret of Kells and receives the public prize at the Annecy Festival. In 2014, he signed The Song of the Sea for which he received the European Film Awards. Both films are nominated for the Oscars in the category Best Animation Film. In 2017, he produced the animation film Parvana, une enfance en Afghanistan that received three prizes at the Annecy Festival: the Audience Award, the Jury Prize and the prize for the best original music provided by Sacem. Currently, he is working on his third feature film.

Trevor Jones

At age 9, Trevor Jones discovers Limelight by Charlie Chaplin. Leaving the screening, he knew that he wanted to become a film score composer. Noticed for his work on an Irish TV show, John Boorman allows him to write for his first feature Excalibur (1981). A prolific career follows. Trevor Jones composes for cult films such as Mickael Mann’s Le dernier des Mohicans, Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and Labyrinthe or even Cliffhanger. His versatility and undeniable talent have allowed him to work, among others, with directors such as Harold Becker (Mélodie pour un meurtre, 1989), Mark Herman (Les Virtuoses, 1996), John Henderson, Barbet Schroeder or even Richard Loncraine (Richard III, 1995).