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Film Scoring Faculty: Sonny Kompanek

Sonny Kompanek, Artist Faculty, has orchestrated more than sixty feature films and his compositions have been performed by the major orchestras of New York, Boston, and Atlanta.  He has written for a wide variety of artists ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Soul Asylum, Boyz II Men, and the Canadian Brass.  As a pianist, in addition to his own trio, Kompanek worked with Mel Torme, Diahann Carroll, Joe Williams, Shirley MacLaine, Chuck Mangione, and Buddy DeFranco.

After moving to New York in 1977, he began arranging and orchestrating for film composer Michael Small and later for Carter Burwell.  He has worked extensively with many top composers, including Howard Shore, Michael Kamen, John Powell, Elliott Goldenthal, Wyclef Jean, and Cy Coleman.

Prof. Kompanek is the author of the highly acclaimed book on film scoring, From Score to Screen, published by Schirmer Books.  He holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School, where he was awarded a full scholarship, as a student of Thomas Canning and Samuel Adler. He studied piano with the Brooks Smith, the legendary accompanist of Jascha Heifetz.