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The MPATH®/APM women composers series features a spectrum of appropriately diverse styles including ethereal vocal pieces, edgy rock, rich orchestral lyricism, musical sound design, club dance and hypnotic minimalism. It is dedicated to celebrating exceptionally talented--emerging and seasoned-- female composers in an industry in which they have been historically under-represented.

PHENOMENAL WOMEN SERIES

 

The unique sound of award-winning composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist Alba S. Torremocha blends contemporary instrumental textures and 

Becca Schack is an LA based composer/producer who records and performs as solo electronic artist “BECA.” A graduate of The Juilliard School, she creates music that 

Belén is an LA-based composer, songwriter and figure skater originally from Ecuador. Between six and nine years of age, Belén received chemotherapy to treat leukemia. 

 

At an early age, Carmen R. Thompson excelled in music, holding first chair at upright bass, violin as well as alto saxophone.  Her military officer dad and English teacher mom

Dina Fanai has performed throughout the world as a singer, songwriter, composer; and as a vocalist with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and she later became head of Artist Development for the
band.

Emer Kinsella is an Irish composer known for her textural and minimal introspective string writing, blended together with ambient electronics and poignant soundscapes. 

 

Heidi Osgood-Matcalf comes from a very musical and artistic family. She began studying classical piano at an early age, and started writing music at the age of 12. She had started

Composer and artist Kathryn Bostic is known for her work on award-winning films, TV, and live theater.  She is a member of both the Motion Picture and Television Academies

Lili Haydn won a Grammy Award in 2019 with her music group, Opium Moon.  Lili has released four critically acclaimed major label recordings as a solo artist and appeared on

 

Lisbeth Scott is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer and multi instrumentalist. Her voice and her songs can be heard on 150 movies, including Avatar, 

I’m Louise Smart. I was born in Birmingham, U.K. in 1985 into a musical family where everyone played guitar. I learnt clarinet from a young age and  

Mariana Barreto grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. Her father was a multi-media artist and poet who greatly influenced her love for the arts. Mariana studied at

 

Merethe Soltvedt is a Norwegian Singer Songwriter and sought after session vocalist for Orchestral Composers. She followed her passion from Norway to California, 

A multi-style violinist, Nathalie Bonin has been featured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ted Nash and Odeon, Quebec Society of Contemporary Music, 

Penka Kouneva, “Game & Film Composer of ‘exquisite talent’ (Forbes).  Kouneva scored Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, The Mummy VR game, and a $30M multimedia exhibit 

 

Music Connection Magazine hailed Winifred Phillips as a “Superstar of video game music.”  Her credits include games in five of the most popular franchises in gaming: 

Hannah Rice is an emerging composer who grew up in a musical family in the New Orleans area. Both of her parents are opera singers who
encouraged her to study piano at...

BIO

 
 

Alba Torremocha

The unique sound of award-winning composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist Alba S. Torremocha blends contemporary instrumental textures and effortless melodies to create vibrant and compelling musical atmospheres. 

 

At only 25 years of age, her concert pieces have been premiered around the world, and her music for TV, film and video games keep receiving critical acclaim.

 

Coming from a highly-refined background in classical composition and orchestration, she studied violin, composition and conducting in Europe, where she developed her unique way of understanding production and orchestral sound. 

 

Recipient of the Billy Joel Scholarship and the Elmer Bernstein Award, she won the Residency of the NYU Symphony in 2016. She combines her work as a conductor and professor at NYU with various projects in the classical and media industry. 

 

Becca Schack

Becca Schack is an LA based composer/producer who records and performs as solo electronic artist “BECA.” A graduate of The Juilliard School, she creates music that straddles both contemporary and cinematic worlds, applying conservatory training to modern pop sensibility. Becca started winning public recognition for her compositions at age eleven at ASCAP's Young Composers competitions. From the ballet stage to beats for the dance floor, she “has honed her voice into a sound that is both fresh and truly her own.” (Filter Magazine)

 

A number of Becca’s songs have been licensed to television, including UK hit series Made in Chelsea, and Lifetime’s Dance Moms, which garnered over two million views online. She wrote, performed, and produced a song for a Boots 17 Makeup commercial in collaboration with Partizan, Mother, and Red UK which went viral in its first launch week. Commissions include ensembles ranging from brass quintet, women’s choir, to symphonic band.

 

As a solo artist, the NYC to LA transplant is known for her emotive pop, dreamy synths, and ethereal vocals. Releases include two EPs via UK label This Is Music Ltd, Ecliptic LP, and her most recent In Deep Love EP. Her concerts have spanned the US, Europe, and Mexico, including festivals SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, NYC Gay Pride, POP Montreal, and NXNE. Over 50 radio stations have aired her music including NPR’s The Essentials and LA’s famed KCRW. She has been featured in numerous press outlets including Consequence of Sound, Galore Mag, and Stereogum, among others.

 

Belén Vivero

Belén is an LA-based composer, songwriter and figure skater originally from Ecuador. Between six and nine years of age, Belén received chemotherapy to treat leukemia.When she couldn’t play outside or even go to school for months, she would play and sing the songs her dad and mom listened to.  As soon as her health allowed, she performed regularly as a soloist, skating to ballet music and soundtracks. Belén often played piano for school presentations, always wearing a hat to cover her bald head.

 

As Belén grew up, ice figure skating led her to discover her love for music and scores. Finally, at 16 years of age she received her first piano lesson when admitted to study at the National Conservatory of Ecuador. Belén felt drawn to pursue composition after she became a mom, at 23 years old.  In 2014, she was admitted to study at Berklee Valencia’s Film Scoring program with a scholarship. Studying in this program while caring for her son in Spain was a great challenge, though filled with rewarding experiences such as conducting her music at Abbey Road Studios for the first time with a 50-piece orchestra. 

 

In 2017, one of her end credit songs received the award for Best Vocal Song in a Short Film at the Garden State Film Festival. In 2018, Belén released her first single, “Lágrimas de Abril,” a song dedicated to the thousands of victims affected by the 2016 earthquake that hit Ecuador’s coast .  The song won first place in a national songwriting contest in Ecuador.

 

Dina Fanai

Dina Fanai has performed throughout the world as a singer, songwriter, composer; and as a vocalist with Trans-Siberian Orchestra and she later became head of Artist Development for the band. 

 

Dina is the recipient of grants and awards from The Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as leading educational programs in the US, Europe and Southeast Asia. Her recording project CINEMA 12, was featured on Tina Turner’s platinum selling CD “Beyond”. Dina co-wrote and produced 2 CD's for Jackie Evancho, both which hit #1 on the Billboard charts. 

 

In Spring 2017 she was the talent coordinator for ROCKTOPIA, A Classical Revolution on Broadway. Dina was brought on by the band Foreigner as choir master, arranger and featured vocalist for their 40th anniversary orchestral show, television special, DVD and CD which remained #1 on Billboard for 4 months. 

 

Dina founded her company One Vision Music (OMV) for the sole purpose of using music as a powerful force to create positive change in the world. She is the co-founder and curator of The Power of Music Concert Series “A transformational experience of live performances that explores and celebrates the powerful healing force of music” She co-produces with Daniel’s Music Foundation, an organization which provides free music programs for anyone with a disability. Through OVM she continues to produce concerts and recordings supporting a wide variety of causes including people with disabilities, women's empowerment, LGBT, homeless children, climate change and animal rights. 

 

Dina is now completing her 8th album “FEARLESS” to be released early 2020 as well as her forthcoming multimedia immersive theatrical experience. 

Carmen R. Thompson

At an early age, Carmen R. Thompson excelled in music, holding first chair at upright bass, violin as well as alto saxophone.  Her military officer dad and English teacher mom had more “practical” career pursuits in mind yet everywhere her family moved around the globe, Carmen consumed music fervently. After studying Journalism at UC Berkeley, she climbed the ranks as a writer and editor at national magazines including Seventeen, Sports Illustrated, VIBE and ESPN the Magazine, covering lifestyle, music and sports stories. 

 

At ESPN, she created a lucrative recurring feature called The Hookup, where she curated athletes meeting their favorite musicians. She regularly interviewed celebrities like Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few.  Perhaps unavoidably, Carmen plunged further into a parallel career path —taking classes in music production, songwriting, and scoring for film, TV and advertising at NYU. Her depth and sophistication in journalism are skills she brings with her in her approach to storytelling through music composition.   

 

Dina Fanai has performed throughout the world as a
singer, songwriter, composer; and as a vocalist with Trans-Siberian
Orchestra and she later became head of Artist Development for the
band.


Dina is the recipient of grants and awards from The Songwriters Hall
of Fame and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as leading
educational programs in the US, Europe and Southeast Asia. Her
recording project CINEMA 12, was featured on Tina Turner’s
platinum selling CD “Beyond”. Dina co-wrote and produced 2 CD's
for Jackie Evancho, both which hit #1 on the Billboard charts.


In Spring 2017 she was the talent coordinator for ROCKTOPIA, A
Classical Revolution on Broadway. Dina was brought on by the band
Foreigner as choir master, arranger and featured vocalist for their
40th anniversary orchestral show, television special, DVD and CD
which remained #1 on Billboard for 4 months.


Dina founded her company One Vision Music (OMV) for the sole
purpose of using music as a powerful force to create positive change
in the world. She is the co-founder and curator of The Power of Music Concert Series “A transformational experience of live performances that explores and celebrates the powerful healing force of music” She co-produces with Daniel’s Music Foundation, an organization which provides free music programs for anyone with a disability. Through OVM she continues to produce concerts and recordings supporting a wide variety of causes including people with disabilities, women's
empowerment, LGBT, homeless children, climate change and animal rights.
Dina is now completing her 8th album “FEARLESS” to be released
early 2020 as well as her forthcoming multimedia immersive theatrical experience.

Emer Kinsella

Emer Kinsella is an Irish composer known for her textural and minimal introspective string writing, blended together with ambient electronics and poignant soundscapes. Her credits include working with Johnny Klimek on the Netflix show Sense8 and the motion picture Jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe. Emer recently scored the documentary film Faith which screened at the Vancouver and Atlanta LGBT film festivals and the award winning short film Suburban Jungle which won Best Short film at the San Pedro International Film Festival in 2018. At the heart of her musical voice is the violin, an instrument she has played since the age of two. Emer is based in Los Angeles.

 

“Emer loves to experiment with texture, sound, and atmosphere; seeking to create something new by pushing it beyond its boundaries or combining genres... "

 
 

Heidi Osgood-Metcalf

Heidi Osgood-Metcalf comes from a very musical and artistic family. She began studying classical piano at an early age, and started writing music at the age of 12. She had started pursuing a career of writing and singing alternative rock music in the early 1990s when an accident abruptly changed the course of her life. Facing many years of surgeries, Heidi turned to animal portrait art to help pay the ongoing medical bills. When she finally circled back to music in 2014, she poured her heart out into it, which ended up being the best possible therapy.

 

In 2015, she recorded a new age album with Grammy Award winner and founder of Windham Hill Records, producer Will Ackerman, and producer/engineer, Tom Eaton. Through Will and Tom, Heidi met and recorded with several world class musicians. Legendary bass guitarist, Tony Levin, was one of those world class musicians, and has become the inspiration for Heidi to get back to writing fun, instrumental rock. Heidi seems to have finally healed, both physically and emotionally, and the music is now pouring out.

 

Kathryn Bostic

Composer and artist Kathryn Bostic is known for her work on award-winning films, TV, and live theater.  She is a member of both the Motion Picture and Television Academies and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellowship, Sundance Fellowship for Feature Film Scoring, Sundance / Skywalker Documentary Film Scoring, BMI Conducting Fellowship, and Best Music in Film by the African American Film Critics Association.  In addition, she was Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers (2017-2019) and named Berklee College of Music’s 2018-2019 Film Scoring Artist in Residence.

Most recently Kathryn created music for critically acclaimed films, including Sundance 2019 Film Festival Grand Jury winner Clemency (distribution with Neon Pictures, --she is also executive producer) and the Sundance 2019 premiere Toni Morrison- The Pieces I am (distribution with Magnolia Pictures), which was recently featured in the LA Times. Bostic collaborated with the award-winning playwright August Wilson in Gem of the Ocean (on Broadway) and his play, Radio Golf; Kathryn scored the PBS American Masters program, August Wilson, The Ground on Which I stand, which inspired her to write The August Wilson Symphony and her song, State of Grace, premiered by Grammy award winning conductor Lucas Richman and the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra.  Bostic’s work on Broadway also includes Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams.  She has been commissioned by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra to create an original composition that will premiere in October 2019.

 

Lili Haydn

Lili Haydn won a Grammy Award in 2019 with her music group, Opium Moon.  Lili has released four critically acclaimed major label recordings as a solo artist and appeared on numerous TV shows, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the HBO hit Californication. Also known for her legendary collaborations, she has played with, sung with, and opened for everyone from Roger Waters, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and George Clinton's P-Funk All Stars to name a few. In addition to Lili's extensive recording and touring career, Lili's music has been licensed for TV, film, and commercials, and she is the featured voice and violin on several films with Hans Zimmer, Marco Beltrami, and other illustrious composers.
 

Lili earned a fellowship to the Sundance Film Institute Composers Lab and embarked on a growing career as a film composer, with 15 feature films/documentaries to her credit, including Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, (2011), Somewhere Between (2012) The Sublime and Beautiful (2015), The House That Jack Built (2015), and ANITA by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock (2014). Lili recently contributed to the score of the hit series Transparent, and is currently scoring Feminists: What Were They Thinking? with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

A humanitarian and activist, Lili also performs regularly for various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Global Security Institute (for whom she recently performed a concert at the UN). Above all, Lili believes that music has the power to uplift and heal.

 

Lisbeth Scott

Lisbeth Scott is an award winning singer/songwriter/composer and multi instrumentalist.  Her voice and her songs can be heard on 150 movies, including Avatar, Narnia, Shrek, Muich, and The Passion.  As an artist she has produced and released 12 albums and performing and touring the world several times over.

 

Lisbeth grew up as a classical pianist studying in Boston, Connecticut and London.  She has been a featured vocalist for Hans Zimmer. In the scoring world, Lisbeth wrote the music for amazon’s top children’s show, Tumble Leaf, directed by Drew Hodges, which garnered over 11 Emmys and she was nominated twice for an Annie award for her score.  Lisbeth has written the music for many films and documentaries and is currently scoring the Netflix feature, American Son.  She is co-composing with Nathan Barr, a musical based on the HBO hit series, True Blood, for Broadway.

 

Cripplingly shy as a child, Lisbeth would hide in her closet, put on headphones and harmonize with any music she could get her hands on…Ella, Laura Nyro, Bjork, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dylan….  

 

Lisbeth’s voice has been her guide, her healer, her expressive center, her love, and her connection to the world.

 

Louise Smart

I’m Louise Smart, born in Birmingham UK in 1985 into a musical family where everyone seemed to play the guitar. I learnt clarinet from a young age and drums as a teenager, eventually gaining my grade 8 alongside teaching them. I realised I had a passion for writing music at around 15 after a conversation with my brother about how to start a school composition. A switch flicked inside my head.

 

I studied for a degree in composition for 4 years at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and gained a first class with honours in the field, focussing on electro-acoustic soundscape. During my time at university I joined a samba band which I ended up leading and it became a big influence in my writing style when it came to rhythm. I also did some touring around the UK and Middle East, drumming for an all-girl band. I started writing for music libraries with a ‘world’ influence and I’ve recently been branching out into new genres. I’m composing full time now, whilst raising our baby daughter with my partner in Yorkshire, alongside our 3 legged rescue cat from Thailand. 

 

Mariana Barreto

Mariana Barreto grew up in Managua, Nicaragua. Her father was a multi-media artist and poet who greatly influenced her love for the arts.
 

Mariana studied at RISD and Art Center in Pasadena, and holds a BFA in photography. Lead singer of indie band Samira & The Wind, her music credits include singing backup for Lorde on her cover of Everybody Wants to Rule The World; featured vocalist in the films Amanda 2.0 and French Kiss; as well as for the Humanitas award-winning Landfill Harmonic (for which she co-wrote its Oscar shortlisted closing credits song, Cateura, Vamos a Soñar). She is also the singing voice of Ryn, the lead mermaid on Freeform TV's hit show, Siren.  

 

Merethe Soltvedt

Merethe Soltvedt is a Norwegian Singer Songwriter and sought after session vocalist for Orchestral Composers. She followed her passion from Norway to California, where she lives and breathes music in many forms. She is also a composer, and one of her specialties is to create sparse and delicate compositions using mainly her own voice. 

Over the last few years she has worked on many exciting projects being a backup vocalist, session vocalist, songwriter and composer for Sir Ringo Starr, Steven Spielberg, Two Steps From Hell, Fremantle and Warner Brothers to mention a few, and her voice is also part of a Sample Library named “Jaeger”, by Audio Imperia. "Merethe Soltvedt & The Rogues" is her band who just released a new album named “First Hand”, and they will be playing live shows all over the US throughout 2019 ++, all the while Merethe will continue building her own catalogue. 

 

Nathalie Bonin

A multi style violinist, Nathalie Bonin has been featured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ted Nash and Odeon, Quebec Society of Contemporary Music, Charles Aznavour, Gino Vanelli, Cirque du Soleil, as well as accompanied Stevie Wonder, Peter Cetera, YES, Bran Van 300 and Moist among others. She is the concertmaster of The Voice in Montreal and can be seen on numerous television shows. She is an A-List Montreal session musician and has recorded on over 60 albums, movie, game and television soundtracks as well as toured all over the world with numerous pop stars. Nathalie is also an active composer for the screen with numerous credits for prime-time television series in Canada.  One of Nathalie’s MPATH tracks will be performed at Lincoln Center’s Women Warriors: The Voices of Change on Sept. 20, 2019 in NYC!

 

Nathalie is also a daredevil and performs a gravity-defying aerial violin act that she has presented for international events.

 

Penka Kouneva

Penka kouneva, “Game & film composer of ‘exquisite talent’ (Forbes).  Kouneva scored Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, The Mummy VR game, and a $30M multimedia exhibit Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center.  She also composed on Activision’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen game.  Her film scores include Devil’s Whisper (Sony Pictures), Aga (Berlinale'18), Encounter.   Her music carries the listener forth on an emotional wave, with soaring themes, innovative orchestral and digital textures, and primal percussion. In Hollywood, Penka is known as an artist of uncommon talent and passion.

 

Penka’s composer awards include:  Sundance Fellowship, Distinguished Duke Alumna, two Ovation Awards, and the Recognition Award from Game Audio Network Guild.  Penka is a Universal Music-released artist with The Woman Astronaut, 2015 (on Varese Sarabande), recognized as a ‘21st-century masterpiece’(NPR) and Rebirth of Id (2017).  At Duke University, Penka was the recipient of a composition fellowship and made history by receiving the first-ever Doctorate in Composition from this distinguished institution.

 

Winifred Phillips

Music Connection Magazine hailed Winifred Phillips as a “Superstar of video game music.”  Her credits include games in five of the most popular franchises in gaming: Assassin’s Creed, God of War, Total War, LittleBigPlanet and The Sims.  Other game credits include The Da Vinci Code, Speed Racer, Shrek the Third, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Harry Gregson-Williams praised her “vast experience and accomplishment in composing for video games.” Winifred Phillips’ music has been featured in trailers for blockbuster movies such as Avengers Endgame and The Jungle Book, television programs such as Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, and multiple science documentary films for the BBC.

 

An 80-piece orchestra and choir are currently performing Phillips’ music as part of the Assassin’s Creed Symphony world tour, which debuted in Paris in June 2019.  Phillips’ awards include three Hollywood Music in Media Awards, three Gracie Awards from the Alliance of Women in Media, and the prestigious Interactive Achievement Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.  Among her 18 soundtrack albums is the first videogame soundtrack ever released by WaterTower Music, the film music record label of Warner Bros. Pictures.  As the foremost authority on music for interactive entertainment, Winifred Phillips has given lectures at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and the Society of Composers and Lyricists.  Phillips’ enthusiastic fans showered her with Reddit Ask-Me-Anything questions - receiving 14.9 thousand upvotes, and became one of the most popular gaming AMAs ever hosted on Reddit.  Always versatile and ambitious, Phillips’ musical style spans the gamut, from action thrillers and atmospheric dramas to broad comedies and whimsical adventures. 

 

Hannah Rice

Hannah Rice is an emerging composer who grew up in a musical family in the New Orleans area. Both of her parents are opera singers who encouraged her to study piano at an early age. She composed her first choral piece at age 13 and was inspired to begin writing for film after composing incidental music for theatre productions. This past summer, Hannah attended the NYU Film Scoring Workshop. Hannah graduated from high school in 2018 and is currently pursuing a dual degree in composition (Mara Gibson) and vocal performance (Lori Bade) at Louisiana State University. She enjoys exploring extremes in her music through range, timbre, and contemporary techniques to best portray the story behind her music. She also enjoys incorporating her own voice in her sound tracks. In addition to film music, Hannah enjoys composing concert music. Recently, Transient Canvas premiered her piece, “Zig” for marimba and bass clarinet at the Charlotte New Music Festival, and in 2019, she won Megan Ihnen and Darrel Hale’s Call for Scores Competition with her piece, entitled “Aurora” for mezzo-soprano and bassoon. Her choral piece, “Clara: To Fly A Plane” will be published by Hal Leonard next year.