Benjamin Wallfisch

composer & conductor

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Benjamin Wallfisch is an Emmy and Ivor Novello nominated composer and has worked on 42 movies to date. He 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 as 'Discovery of the Year' in the 2008 World Soundtrack Awards.

Recent scoring projects include HOURS starring Paul Walker (Fast and Furious), DESERT DANCER starring Frieda Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Slumdog Millionaire), SUMMER IN FEBRUARY starring Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper, HAMMER OF THE GODS, and BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN.

He is currently scoring THE THIRTEENTH TALE, starring Vanessa Redgrave, directed by James Kent and produced by David Heyman.

Benjamin orchestrated and conducted Dario Marianelli’s Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning score for ATONEMENT and has worked closely with Marianelli on the scores for numerous other studio pictures such as ANNA KARENINA (Oscar nominated, Best Original Score 2013) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (Oscar nominated, Best Original Score 2006), V FOR VENDETTA, THE SOLOIST, and JANE EYRE.

In 2010 he worked on two Ridley Scott projects, orchestrating and arranging the score for ROBIN HOOD and arranging the music for the acclaimed feature documentary LIFE IN A DAY, produced by Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald. In 2011 he composed additional music for THE RITE, starring Anthony Hopkins and also for RED RIDING HOOD, directed by Catherine Hardwicke of the Twilight series. Benjamin also composed the score for CONQUEST 1453, the most successful movie in the history of Turkish cinema. His music is regularly licensed, most notably in the film MOON.

Benjamin also regularly performs in concert and has conducted orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing in venues including the Hollywood Bowl, Sydney Opera House and London’s Royal Festival Hall and Barbican. Upcoming concert music commissions include major new pieces for the LA Chamber Orchestra and London Philharmonic.

  • Wallfisch, in “Flight To Neverland”, delivers a wonderfully animated piece of music that is full of wide-eyed wonder. The composer’s soaring strings together with the wizardry of the CGI graphics is a spectacle to see and hear.... Wallfisch’s score is well-rounded with soaring highs as well as dissonant depths and even has a dose adrenaline-fuelled, percussion-driven action scoring. The album is a surprising listen and is very much recommended.” Alan Rodgers, Reelmusic.com 09.11.11

  • His main theme, heard in “Theme from The Escapist”, is a propulsive piece for driving strings, overlaid by a piano and cimbalom to give it a more melodic touch. It’s an excellent piece, indicative of the masculine, yet somehow shadowy world the film inhabits. The Escapist marks another feather in the cap for Wallfisch who, through both his solo work and his regular collaborations with Dario Marianelli, continues to earmark himself as a composer with a bright future.” Jonathan Broxton 09.04.09

  • Wallfisch's score for The Escapist is definitely worthy of repeated listens, particularly for the memorable title theme [...] and it is a solid example of the talents of composer Benjamin Wallfisch." Alan Rodgers, Maintitle.net 01.01.09

  • I am already looking forward to hearing more of his works. With the right projects and exposure, he just might be the next Elliot Goldenthal." Jonathan Jarry, Soundtrack.net 15.07.06

  • The music of Benjamin Wallfisch is a splendid conflation of cinematic and theatrical sound score writing." Michael Coveney, The Independent 31.08.09

  • The music for Dear Wendy, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by the composer, is a rich blend of beautifully orchestrated, youthful passages and darkly imbued sonorities, [...] it is very much like something James Horner might have written in his early career[...] Thank you Moviescore Media for allowing such great music to be heard." Mike Beek, Music from the Movies 12.04.06

  • Drama, and the cadences of prison life are asserted by an urgent score by Benjamin Wallfisch which reduces the need for visible brutality.” Jeanette Catsoulis, New York Times 15.04.09

  • This is definitely a composer to watch, and someone who film music fans should invest in from the beginning." Jonathan Broxton, Movie Music UK 06.11.11

  • Wallfisch brought to [Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite] genuine tension, a very crisp beat and a timpani thwack in the Infernal Dance that I shall carry to the grave. Under his baton the Opera North Orchestra sparkled and glowed as they never quite did elsewhere." Geoff Brown, The Times 23.09.02

  • Hours

    2013

    Directed by
    Eric Heisserer
    Music composed by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Summer in February

    2013

    Directed by
    Christopher Menaul
    Music composed by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain

    2013

    Directed by
    Ravi Kumar
    Music composed by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Fetih 1453

    2012

    Director
    Faruk Aksoy
    Music composed by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Anna Karenina

    2012

    Director
    Joe Wright
    Composer
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated and conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Tower Heist

    2012

    Director
    Brett Ratner
    Music by
    Christophe Beck
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • All that way for love

    2011

    Director
    Henry Mason
    Composed by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Jane Eyre

    2011

    Director
    Cary Fukunaga
    Music by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli and Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Red Riding Hood

    2011

    Director
    Catherine Hardwicke Heffes
    Music by
    Brian Reitzell and Alex
    Additional Arrangements
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Life In A Day

    2011

    Director
    Kevin MacDonald
    Music by
    Harry Gregson-Williams and Matthew Herbert
    Music Arranged by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Rite

    2011

    Directed by
    Mikael Håfström
    Music by
    Alex Heffes
    Additional Music by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Robin Hood

    2010

    Director
    Ridley Scott
    Music by
    Marc Streitenfeld
    Music Orchestrated by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Everybody’s fine

    2009

    Director
    Kirk Jones
    Music by
    Dario Marianelli
    Music orchestrated and conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Soloist

    2008

    Director
    Joe Wright
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Moon

    2009

    Director
    Duncan Jones
    Opening Sequence Music by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Agora

    2009

    Director
    Alejandro Amenábar
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Escapist

    2008

    Director
    Rupert Wyatt
    Music by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Brave One

    2007

    Director
    Neil Jordan
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Atonement

    2007

    Director
    Joe Wright
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Goodbye Banfana

    2007

    Director
    Bille August
    Composed and Conducted by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Eragon

    2006

    Director
    Stefen Fangmeier
    Composed by
    Patrick Doyle
    Title Song String Arrangements
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Miss Potter

    2006

    Director
    Chris Noonan
    Music by
    Nigel Westlake
    Orchestrated by
    Nigel Westlake & Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Return

    2006

    Director
    Asif Kapadia
    Composed and Conducted by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Shrooms

    2006

    Director
    Paddy Breathnach
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Copying Beethoven

    2006

    Director
    Agnieszka Holland
    Music
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Additional Music Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • V for Vendetta

    2005

    Director
    James McTeigue
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Nanny Mcphee

    2006

    Director
    Kirk Jones
    Composed by
    Patrck Doyle
    Additional Orchestrations
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Brothers Grimm

    2005

    Director
    Terry Gilliam
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Pride and Prejudice

    2005

    Director
    Joe Wright
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Beyond the gates

    2005

    Director
    Michael Caton-Jones
    Music by
    Dario Marianelli
    Music orchestrated by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Opal Dream

    2005

    Director
    Peter Cattaneo
    Composed by
    Dario Marianelli and Christian Henson
    Conducted by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Dear Wendy

    2005

    Director
    Thomas Vinterberg
    Composed by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Les Fils du Vent

    2004

    Director
    Julien Seri
    Composed by
    Christian Henson
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Mutant Chronicles

    2007

    Director
    Simon Hunter
    Music by
    Richard Wells
    Orchestrated and Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • The Nutcracker 3D

    2010

    Director
    Andrei Konchalovsky
    Additional arrangements by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Chasing Liberty

    2004

    Director
    Andy Cadiff
    Composed by:
    Christian Henson
    Orchestrated and Conducted by:
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Eat Pray Love

    2010

    Director
    Ryan Murphy
    Music by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli and Benjamin Wallfisch
    Conducted by
    Benjamin Wallfisch
  • Shooting Dogs

    2005

    Director
    Michael Caton-Jones
    Composed and Conducted by
    Dario Marianelli
    Orchestrated by
    Dario Marianelli & Benjamin Wallfisch

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