Benjamin Wallfisch

composer & conductor

  • THE ESCAPIST (2007) ATONEMENT (2007) ROBIN HOOD (2010) DEAR WENDY (2005)
    • A major new name on the new music horizon.

      Humphrey Burton, BBC Radio 3

      Benjamin Wallfisch is an Emmy®, Ivor Novello® and multiple World Soundtrack Award nominated composer and conductor.

    • A rare talent - a tremendous composer with a superb dramatic sense.

      Randy Newman, multiple Oscar® and Grammy® winning composer and songwriter

      Benjamin Wallfisch is an Emmy®, Ivor Novello® and multiple World Soundtrack Award nominated composer and conductor.

    • Surely one of the finest accompanists anywhere on the podium.

      Annette Mourreau, The Strad

      Benjamin Wallfisch is an Emmy®, Ivor Novello® and multiple World Soundtrack Award nominated composer and conductor.

  • Benjamin made his scoring debut at the age of 24 on the personal invitation of Lars von Trier, composing the music for 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 THE ESCAPIST was nominated as 'Best Original Film Score' in the 2009 Ivor Novello Awards and earnt his second nomination as 'Discovery of the Year' in the 2008 World Soundtrack Awards.

    Upcoming scoring projects include HOURS, the directorial debut of Eric Heisserer (Nightmare on Elm St, The Thing) starring Paul Walker (Fast and Furious, Fast 5) and DESERT DANCER starring Frieda Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Slumdog Millionaire).

    In addition to his solo composition work, for the last seven years Benjamin has closely collaborated with Academy Award and Golden Globe winning composer Dario Marianelli as arranger and orchestrator. Read more

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  • After winning First Prize at the British Reserve Insurace Conducting Competition in 2001, at the age of 22 Benjamin was appointed Associate Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra and in 2003 Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Since then he has conducted orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House.

    He has been commissioned over 40 times, has had his music premièred at the BBC Proms and was recently elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Current concert commissions include those from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. His concert music is published by Edition Peters.

    Upcoming engagements include re-invitations from the Philharmonia Orchestra and Helsinborg Symphony, and from October 2012 Benjamin will become Music Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, Colorado.

    Extract from 'Spectral Light' (2005), composed by Benjamin Wallfisch. Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, conducted by the composer.

Wallfisch has the knack of sounding edgy and assured simultaneously....his use of colour and dynamics is striking yet subtle." Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine 08.02.07

The Philharmonia, playing at the top of its form, is brilliantly conducted by Benjamin Wallfisch. If I hear a greater record of Shostakovich’s music this year, I shall be astonished." Robert Matthew-Walker, International Record Review 03.07.06

A powerhouse score from English composer Benjamin Wallfisch, who turns Sultan Mehmet II’s invasion of Constantinople in 1453 into a first-rate, rah-rah epic that’s made his country cheer like never before at their cinemas." Daniel Schweiger, Film Music Magazine 15.05.12

Wallfisch made the finale of the Jupiter into a virtuoso challenge for the players which they rose to in a triumphant, breathtaking achievement." Nathalie Plotkin, Monterey County Herald 11.04.11

With the right projects and exposure, he just might be the next Elliot Goldenthal. Jonathan Jarry, 28.07.06

This is definitely a composer to watch, and someone who film music fans should invest in from the beginning. Jonathan Broxton, Movie Music UK 08.11.06

The Sydney Symphony were in top notch form, conducted by an inspired Benjamin Wallfisch. The Sydney Sun-Herald

The youthful vehemence of Wallfisch inspired the orchestra to unusually brilliant, almost unbridled playing. Hamburg Arbendblatt 17.04.08

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