Amanda Lee Falkenberg has received TWO NOMINATIONS at the 2009 HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS to be held on November 19th at the world famous Kodak Theater Complex in Los Angeles on November 19th.
“Forgotten Arabia” Composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg
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“‘An explorer’ - that’s the role of a film composer as we are constantly on a voyage of discovery with our craft, searching for new avenues and refreshing answers in our musical score. As a musician I am someone who consistently strives for excellence, is constantly looking for ways to paint truth and meaning in the musical canvas and to connect to society in meaningful ways that truly resonate with the spirit of something greater than myself. “
- Amanda Lee Falkenberg - Film Composer - The Tribe Magazine UK 2009
Falkenberg’s musical introduction came from rather humble beginnings where her father received a second hand pianola in exchange for a carton of beer. She began playing immediately after the pianos arrival when she was only two and half years old playing largely by ear until she began piano lessons at the age of 5.
For the next two decades her focus was on a career as a concert pianist. She received her Associate of Music (AEMB) and at the age of 16 and the prestigious Don Maynard Award for the most outstanding musician in South Australia and the Northern Territory in 1992 after receiving two perfect scores for both Music Composing and Performing during her senior year at Faith Lutheran Secondary High School in the Barossa Valley. Falkenberg then continued her studies at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music with Lucinda Collins finishing her degree with a full scholarship in Honors performance in 1998.
The next 3 years Falkenbergs curiosity in the compositional world saw a flourish of original piano music crafted specifically for ballet studios. She then went on to produce, records and perform all her compositions onto 3 full length ballets CDS calling her series “Moving With Music”. These CDs are distributed all over the world including the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden as well as international digital distribution.
In 2001 Falkenberg was full time piano accompanist/concert pianist with the Australian Ballet Company with performances throughout Australia, Tasmania and China. Led by her souls deep longing to focus entirely on a career as a full time composer she eventually resigned from this position to allow time in her life to manifest this ultimate desire.
Falkenberg had the backing of two decades of vigorous training and technical refinement at her immediate disposal to really explore this concept as full time composer.
In 2002 Falkenberg's first two vocal compositions "A Midsummer Night" and "The Weaver" had their first performances at the Australian Embassy in Paris in 2002, sung by Australian soprano sensation Annalise Kerrigan.
In 2003 Falkenberg’s first full staged commissioned ballet Edge of the World was premiered at the Barossa Music Festival with Antony Walker conducting, Leigh Warren’s Dancers and Falkenberg at piano. Edge of the World received glowing reviews in the local and national press. This ballet was yet another example of collaborating with visual arts that ultimately led her to writing for motion pictures.
Destiny had a large part to play in 2004 when Falkenberg met her life partner Paul Myer Hopkins, also a composer, at the PNWFS International Film composing academy in Seattle. They married in December that year and Falkenberg immediately moved to Dubai to be with her husband Hopkins who had already been working there for 10 years.
Falkenberg had been deliciously inspired by Dubai’s incredible landscape, architecture and exotic Arabian music that she immediately began exploring the musical potential of incorporating exotic musical overtones and instruments from Arabia and blending those flavors and colours on a western orchestral backdrop. That year she co-founded her film composing company Music HF Studios. www.musichf.com
In 2007 Falkenberg received a nomination at the Los Angeles Music Award for her film orchestral composition “Deep Sea Dreaming”
In 2006, she composed a 20-minute piano concerto called "Omphalas" for the Queen Elizabeth Piano Concerto Competition in Belgium.
In 2008 Falkenberg wrote the original score for the feature film Arabian Sands based on the famous novel by Wilfred Thesiger It was theatrical released in cinemas through-out the Emirates. The cinematography of the film drew inspiration from the famous 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia and reviews of her Arabian Sands orchestral score had too likened her own orchestral treatment to that of the composer Maurice Jarre.
In 2008 Falkenberg co-composed original music along with Hopkins for a 13-part international animation series Ben and Izzy. The series features the voice over talents of Lucy Liu and Mark Hamil (AKA Luke Skywalker).
In October 2008, the MIIFF in Abu Dhabi premiered a feature film that Falkenberg composed the score featuring a fusion of western and middle-eastern music.
Falkenberg has worked with conductors and directors such as Richard Bonynge, Charles Barker (US), Antony Walker (Australia/US) Simon Kenway, David Scarrs (South Africa), Warwick Steingards (Austria) Mark Summerbell, Lindy Hume, Ross Stretton (UK), David McAllister and Stuart Maunder
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