Five ASCAP Awards - Two "Most Performed Music on Television"
Three BMI Awards
Five ASCAP Awards - Two "Most Performed Music on Television"
Three BMI Awards
Adam Zellkind has created music for over 650 successful television shows. His songs and sound have become a prominent force on many shows including the CW show “Hart of Dixie” having had 21 songs featured on this show alone. The songwriter, producer and composer has won eight awards: Five ASCAP Awards, among them two for “Most Performed Music on Television” for two consecutive years, and three from BMI for top TV series including “The Surreal Life”, “Outback Jack” and “Hogan Knows Best”.
Award-Winner from the York City-Council (UK)
Andrew Potterton studied music in Leeds, graduating with an honours degree. For over ten years he has worked within theatre, film production, contemporary dance and music events, and also as a DJ. Also, he has been helping musicians develop their careers. He was awarded a prize for his sound piece “City Chimes”, which was granted by the City of York Council (UK) for a residency at the Illuminating York Festival in 2014.
Four Golden Records
In the course of his professional life as a musician Armin Sabol (born in 1960) has worked, amongst many others, with Hazel O’Connor, Eric Burdon or Die Fantastischen Vier. He participated in Peter Schilling’s first album as producer, co-composer and guitarist. The single record “Major Tom“ climbed to #1 in the German single charts and reached #14 in the Billboard Hot 100. In total, about 8 million Schilling sound carriers to which he had contributed were sold and received four Golden Records in Germany, Austria and Canada.
One Grammy Award
The composer Art Phillips was born in Pennsylvania in 1955. The two-time Emmy Award winner scored over 2000 (!) hours of music for television including the NBC series “Santa Barbara”, Australia’s hit “Neighbours” and “Outback House”. For several decades he has performed with popular artists including Barry Manilow or Demis Roussos - live or at the studio. In 1987 he won a Grammy Award for “Here We Go” by Minnie Riperton. His guitar performance with Manilow won him a Golden Record in 1984.
„Hon“-Award from the Royal Academy of Music
Ben Parry (born in 1965) is a British composer, conductor, singer and producer in both classical and light music fields. He is co-director of the professional choir London Voices, assistant director of Music at King’s College in Cambridge and director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. In addition, he has made over 70 recordings for EMI, Decca, Virgin and others. In 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Emmy Award for „Best Music and Lyrics"
Nominated for the G.A.N.G. Award
Benoit Grey began his career as the bassist for the soul legend Ray Charles as well as part of the composing team for three “Pokémon” movies. Following the success of these films, he was then invited to write music for major Hollywood films such as “The Day After Tomorrow”. Meanwhile, his music has appeared in over 140 TV series and numerous video games. A song he orchestrated for the TV movie “Reefer Madness” (2005) won the Emmy Award for “Best Music and Lyrics”. He was also nominated for a G.A.N.G. Award (Game Audio Network Guild) for his composition on a “Spiderman” children’s title.
Bill Liesegang started his career as bass player in David Bowie’s band at the age of 16. Since the early 1970s he has worked as a guitar player on a great number of rock albums, e.g. with Jack Bruce (Cream), Metallica, Lemmy, Red Hot Chilli Peppers. One album he recorded together with Rod Stewart obtained silver status. He also played on Stewart’s great hit “Downtown Train“ and was in great demand as live guitarist (e.g. with Nina Hagen). With his own band The Shots and the song “Oh Baby“ he had a hit in the charts. He is a real guitar hero, also in production music. For SONOTON he has been composing and playing aggressive Rock for Action and Sports.
PMA Mark Award für den „Best Jazz Track“
Born in Long Island, NY, in 1951, Bill Novick began playing clarinet and saxophone at an early age. The lover of jazz has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America, performing in concert. His clarinet and saxophone playing has been featured on more than 250 albums and in more than one hundred film scores, televisions shows and commercials. He also composed music for dozens of feature films. As a composer he has released seven albums under his own name. Together with Paul Lenart he won the PMA Mark Award for “Best Jazz Track” (“Bopology”, published on SONOTON SCD 283.)
„Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz"
For four decades vocalist and composer Carmen Lundy has been celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and her jazz innovation. In 2016 she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Award from the Black Women In Jazz and The Arts Association (BWIJAA). Already with her debut album “Good Morning Kiss” (1985) she reached the top ten of Billboard Jazz Charts. Tours and festival gigs in Europe followed. Carmen Lundy’s 14th album, “Soul To Soul”, was on several Top Ten Jazz Albums lists of 2014. Carmen Lundy is also a gifted actress active in theatre and has taught at various universities.
Nominated for Record of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards
The Southern California band Cathouse Thursday play for SONOTON an original blend of Country, Rock and Rhythm & Blues. They have published six albums of their own. Since 2013 they have also been writing songs for APM Music, Hollywood. Their guitarist John DePatie just had his song “DePatie Melt” included in the soundtrack to the film “The Wrecking Crew”. Cathouse Thursday bassist and co-producer Aaron Bagley was nominated for Record of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards for the record “Documentation” with the Band MK Ultra.
Grammy Award in the „Best Hawaiian Music CD“
Charles Michael Brotman grew up on Mercer Island/Washington and moved to Honolulu in 1976. In 2005 the composer/producer was the first musician ever to receive a Grammy Award in the “Best Hawaiian Music CD” category. Since then Brotman has produced several more Grammy nominated soundtracks. His compositions for SONOTON are successful worldwide in film, TV and advertising productions.
Four Golden Reel Awards
Two BMI Awards
Charlie Brissette is the man behind the SONOTON “Cartoonz” CD series. Awards: In 2001 he received a Grammy Award for “Best Children’s Album” with the project “Elmo & the Orchestra”. In the same category he had previously received two Grammy Awards, one in 2000 for “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland” and the other in 1999 for “Elmopalooza”. Moreover, in 2002 and 2003 he won BMI Awards for his composition of “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron” and four times Golden Reel Awards for editing and mixing “The Ren & Stimpy Show” and “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron”.
Six Grammy Nominations
Six-time Grammy nominated composer, jazz musician and conductor Chris Walden was born in Hamburg in 1966 where he grew up in a family of musicians. In 1996 he emigrated to the United States. He has scored more than 150 feature and TV films including the OSCAR nominated film “Schtonk”. In addition, he has written orchestral arrangements for artists, e.g. Diana Krall, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder and Rihanna. Walden has won two Ernst Fischer-Prizes and one ASMAC award. For SONOTON he has produced albums with the RIAS Big Band and the CD “The Cool Hot Daddies – Neo Swing”.
Nominated for the „Primetime" Emmy Award
Christopher J. Guardino from Los Angeles has worked together with renowned artists like Ry Cooder and Marco Beltrami. A multitalented musician, he has made a name for himself with orchestrations for Chaka Khan and Guns N 'Roses and with compositions for movies like “The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland“ (Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album). Most recently, he was nominated in the “Outstanding Music Direction” category of the 2014-2015 Primetime Emmy Awards for the production “Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas” (Warner Bros. Animation and NBC).
HollywebFest Award for „Best Music Score“
JPF Music Award „Best Contemporary Classical Album“
With his music being heard in over 150 countries, Christopher Tyler Nickel has made a name for himself as composer of hundreds of film and television productions. Since 2005 Nickel has been repeatedly nominated for the Leo Awards, last in 2014 for “Best Musical Score“ in the documentary series “Highway Thru Hell“. His awards include the 2012 Hollyweb Festival Award for “Best Music Score” well as two 2009 (Nashville) JPF awards for “Best Contemporary Classical Album“ and “Best Contemporary Classical Song“.
ASCAP Morton Gould Award
„Hollywood Music in Media” Award
Cody Westheimer is a film and television composer and multi-instrumentalist from Santa Barbara, whose love of music made him study the piano when he was only eight years old. In 2001 he was selected as a participant for the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. In 2008 he won an award for the documentary “Running for my Father”. Already in 2003 he was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Award. At the Park City Film Music Festival 2005 he was also awarded a prize. In 2011 he won the Hollywood Music in Media Award.
„7th Annual Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers"-Award
The film music composer Darrell Raby moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to study at the University of Southern California where he was trained by noted film music composers such as Christopher Young or Joe Harnell. In 2007 he won the Grand Prize in the 7th Annual Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers’ Competition, whereupon he has developed a working relationship with Turner Classic Movies, adding soundtracks to famous silent movies for them.
„Western Swing Hall of Fame" - Member
Don Burnham, born in 1947 in San Francisco, was inducted into the “Western Swing Hall of Fame“ in 2005. He has spent most of his life behind guitars – singing and picking, from campfire circles and coffee houses to dance halls and concert stages. He is best known to audiences as the bandleader of “Lost Weekend” (since 1985). Don is a recognized composer (since 1975) and his original songs are featured on his 2009 album “I Dreamed Count Basie Was A Cowboy”. Don continues touring and also writes music for SONOTON.
LEA-Nomination for „Show of the Year“
„ICE AGE LIVE!-Bestseller-Award“
Ella Louise Allaire is a show conceptor, composer, lyricist, librettist, producer and entrepreneuse. She studied flute and piano in Québec, Canada. She and colleague Martin Lord Ferguson are the writers of the original concept, story, music and lyrics for the 20th Century Fox’ multi-billion dollar show “ICE AGE LIVE!”. With over two million tickets sold, the show broke all records. In 2013 they earned a LEA nomination for “Show of the Year” in Germany and the ICE AGE LIVE! Bestseller Award of O2 World Hamburg.
Best Italian Jazz Musician 1989, 2003 & 2008
60 recorded CDs
Enrico Pieranunzi was born in Rome in 1949. He is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger. He studied classical piano and started teaching at the conservatory in Frosinone in 1973, while at the same time focusing on jazz and performing with his own groups since 1975. To date he has recorded some 60 CDs. In 1992 and 1997 he received a Django d’Or award (France) as best European jazz musician and in 2003 a Django d’Or (Italy). The Italian Musica Jazz magazine elected him best Italian jazz musician in 1989, 2003 and 2008.
ASCAP Movie & TV-Award Winner
Primary Composer for Hit-Series „The Night Shift"
Former „Guns N Roses" Drummer
Fred Coury (born in 1967 in Johnson City, New York) is best known as the drummer for the glam metal band Cinderella but has also played in other bands including London. In 1991 he left Cinderella and joined Stephen Pearcy of Ratt to form Arcade. He also played for Guns N’ Roses. Today he spends his time in Los Angeles in his recording studio composing and performing music for television. Fred Coury is the primary composer for NBC’s hit series “The Night Shift” for which he received an ASCAP Film and TV Award.
Hall of Fame Mark Award
BBC Three Star Award
Order for “Cultural Merits in Polish Music“
Gerhard Narholz completed studies in education before he studied composition at the Vienna Music Academy. When still a student, he wrote the musical “Wiener Panoptical“ together with Gilbert Obermeier and Gottfried Schwarz and for this won the third prize in a competition of the Vienna Volksoper. In the early 1960s he wrote pop songs for European artists including Heidi Brühl, Bill Ramsey or Petula Clark as well as film scores for various German feature films and TV series. In 1965, together with his wife Rotheide, he founded SONOTON Production Music which has become the largest independent Production Music Library worldwide. In the 1970s he arranged, produced and conducted 20 LPs with a big string orchestra, the MAGIC STRINGS, using the pseudonym Norman Candler. In 1971 he received the 3 Star Award from BBC London for "The Best Album of the Year". In 1977 he was awarded an order by the state of Poland for “Cultural Merits in Polish Music“. In 2015 he received the Hall of Fame Award from the Production Music Association for “Excellence within the Production Music Community“. He has composed by far more than 5,000 works that appear in films, series and commercials and may very well be one of the most published composers in the world.
Grammy Nomination in „Best Tango Album" 2009
Finalist in „The U.S.A Songwriting Competition"
Jaime Wilensky studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He loves classic romance, and tango of course! The following songs by Jaime Wilensky have been finalist in The U.S.A. Songwriting Competition: “Esperanza” (2012), “Planeta” (2010), “Amor” (2009), “Raices” (2009), “Sentimientos” (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) and “Compadre” (2004). In 2009 he was nominated for his “TangoNuevo 2.1” CD at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy in the Best Tango Album category. He has composed two tango albums for SONOTON Production Music.
Winner of „2012 Jazz Thelonius Monk Institute International Jazz"- Competition
Grammy Nomination for the „Best Jazz Vocal Album" 2009
Jamison Ross is an U.S. American jazz drummer and vocalist. In 2012 he won the Thelonius Monk Institute International Jazz Competition. For his debut album “Jamison” he received a nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for the 58th Grammy Awards. Already in 2009 he came to know Grammy Award winner and SONOTON composer Carmen Lundy. Jamison Ross played the drums on her albums “Changes” and “Soul to Soul”. In 2015 Vanity Fair magazine hailed him as first among a group of young, sensational jazz artists.
Two Golden Records
Montreux Diamond Award Winner
Jimmy Kaleth is a British pop composer who also works for film and television. In 1973 he started as keyboard player and vocalist with the Prog Rock band Jonesy and won the Montreux Diamond Award for best rock album of the year. In 1985 he was awarded a certificate of honour for the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. For his composing contribution to Laura Branigan’s album “Self-Control” he won a U.S.A. Golden Record and a UK Silver Record. He also received a U.S.A. Golden Record for the Sam Harris album.
Grammy Nomination for the „Bobby"-Album 1993
John F. Forbes composed one of the most successful Sonoton Production Music albums “Hip Hop - Now Hear This”. He was keyboard player for Bobby Brown and as such was part of a Grammy nomination in 1993 for the “Bobby” album. He has toured with Whitney Houston, Rick James and Sean “Puffy“ Combs and is acting as musical director for stage shows on Broadway. He also plays with the R&B superstar Ne-Yo.
„Best Trailer"- Nomination for the „Avengers"- Campaign
Over 100 Film Trailer and TV Advertising Campaigns
Julia Trainor is a composer and music supervisor from Los Angeles. She works for Train Trax where she is responsible for music selection. In 2013 she was nominated by The Guild Of Music Supervisors for “Best Trailer” for her music selections on the “Avengers” campaign. She has worked on over 100 film trailers and TV advertising campaigns both in music production and music supervision.
Winner of the Audience of „Future Composition” Competition
As a composer Larry Tuttle playfully crosses musical boundaries. He writes music both for symphony orchestras and for movies and TV. In 2014 he won the Pittsburgh Symphony's H.J. Heinz Company Audience of the Future Composition Competition. Trained extensively in double bass from an early age, Larry’s youth growing up in Seattle was saturated with orchestral music. His double bass mentors included Ron Simon, James Harnett and jazz legend Gary Peacock.
Three-time Tony Award Nominee
Lawrence J. Blank is a composer, arranger and conductor who writes for the theatre, film, TV and for the stage. He grew up in New York City. At the early age of 22 he already conducted on Broadway! In 2012 his music for “Singin in the Rain” was performed at the Palace Theatre in London. Blank has worked for many famous directors including Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Horne or Michael Crawford. He is a three-time Tony Award nominee, namely in 2006 for “The Drowsy Chaperone“, in 2009 for “White Christmas” and in 2011 for “Catch Me If You Can“.
Numerous Golden & Platinum Records
Michael Raphael has written music for over 200 television/film and band projects and has been rewarded with Golden and Platinum Records, e.g. as co-producer and co-author of the band Busted that sold more than one million records in the UK. Raphael has worked side by side with platinum producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne). Playing the guitar with the band Neve, he landed a Billboard Top 20 Hit with “It’s Over Now”. He has shared stages with famous names including KISS, Nickelback and Rage Against the Machine.
Dragon Award - TV Best Music Track
China GIS - TV Best Music Track
Tony Tam received the following awards:
Hong Kong 10 Gold Pop Songs of the Year 1990 (Poem in the wind-Andy Lau)
Dragon Award (Anti Drugs) - TV Best Music Track 1997
China GIS - TV Best Music Track 1998
Ten Golden Records
Wesley Plass was born in Germany in 1956. In 1993 it was discovered that up to then a total of 166 million recordings had been sold which Wesley Plass had worked on as a guitarist, producer or arranger. To date, this figure is above 200 million. The works of Pur and Lindenberg as well as all songs and soundtracks of Harold Faltermeyer make up the bulk of his oeuvre. Needless to say, Wesley Plass, who played the electric guitar on Udo Lindenberg’s hit of the century “Horizont”, has received over ten Golden Records, also Platinum and Triple Platinum.
PMA Mark Award for „Best Jazz Track“
Paul Lenart has been playing the guitar professionally for 40 years. As a member of T-Bone Walker and Big Mama Thornton’s band he toured Europe. While living in Hollywood, he appeared on Keith Moon’s (The Who) solo album “Two Sides of the Moon“. He also played with legends Bonnie Raitt or John Hammond. Over the last 25 years Paul has been writing and producing for the SONOTON Music Library. Only recently, he and Billy Novick received the PMA Mark Award for “Best Jazz Track” in production music; this track was published on a SONOTON CD.
„Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize" - Winner
Phoon Yew Tien is Singapore’s most recorded classical music composer. He is not only well-grounded in both Eastern AND Western musical vocabularies, his output covers the entire spectrum, from chamber music to music for theatre and production music. Since 1977 he has received over a dozen top awards for his compositions, e.g. in 2001, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He also won the prestigious Yoshiro Irino Memorial Prize, one of the highest awards given to Asian composers.
Emmy Award Winner for his Music in „Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer"
Simon Russell won an Emmy in 2014 for his original soundtrack to "Pussy Riot; A Punk Prayer" documentary. He is a self-taught composer/musician living in London. He was a curious child and keen to experiment with electronics and sampling. He plays a wide range of instruments including banjo, dulcimer, etc. and has worked on several award-winning films, e.g. for “Havana Marking’s Afghan Star“ (two Sundance Awards, Grierson Award 2009, Prix Italia) and for “Baroque! From St. Peter’s to St. Paul’s“ (winner of the Royal Television Society Award 2009). He lives in London.
Emmy for his Contribution to „The Boys of Christ Child House" Documentary
Member of „Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame"
Stephen John Hunter (born in Illinois in 1948) is a guitarist who has had an illustrious 40-year career as a session musician, band member and as a solo performer. He is best known for his collaborations with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper. He has been often called “The Deacon” and has played some of the greatest riffs in rock history on original live albums (including “Sweet Jane” for which he was awarded a Golden Record). In 2015 he was inducted into the “Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame“. In 2008 he received an Emmy for his contribution to “The Boys Of Christ Child House” documentary.
Grammy Award in „Best R&B Performance"
Stephen Moccio (born in 1972) won a Grammy in the Best R&B Performance category in 2016, together with the artist The Weeknd. He co-wrote and co-produced two end credit songs for “Fifty Shades of Grey” and its soundtrack. He also co-wrote Miley Cyrus’ single “Wrecking Ball” (2013) as well as Celine Dion’s hit “A New Day Has Come” that held the number one spot on Billboard AC Charts for a record breaking 21 weeks. He has collaborated with many world-famous artists such as Seal.
Performance at the White House and nominated for a Grammy Award
Stephen Wade (born in 1953) is an American folk musician, author and researcher. In the late 1970s he developed a theatrical performance called “Banjo Dancing” that combined storytelling, traditional music and percussive dance. It got him a performance at the White House and ran in Washington D.C. for ten years. In 2012 he released the album “Banjo Diary: Lessons from Tradition”. He was nominated for a Grammy Award. For his book “The Beautiful Music All Around Us” he received the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award and the ARSC Award for Best History 2013.
Oscar Nominee for „Chau, Beyond the Lines"
Steve London was originally an orchestral musician and then studied composition. In 1995, he participated in the world-renowned “Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television” program in California. He regularly records with European orchestras for SONOTON Production Music Library and has also written music for many feature films. In 2008 he earned a Genie nomination for his moving score to “That Beautiful Somewhere”; the film also won a Park City Film Music Festival Award. In 2016 he was Oscar-nominated for “Chau, Beyond the Lines”.
Prize for „Outstanding Achievement" at the Lawebfest
Steve Phillips (born in 1948) is a British blues and country musician and landscape painter. He is mainly renowned for being part of The Notting Hillbillies where he played along with Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler. Through this group he was able to release several solo albums including Steel-Rail Blues (1990). In July 2013 Steve Phillips and the band The Rough Diamonds released an album named “North Country Blues”.
Awarded with the „Levko Revutskii Prize" for „Achievements in Composer Creative Work"
Valeriy Antonyuk (born in 1979) is a Ukrainian composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. He is active as a composer in all musical genres and also writes for SONOTON Production Music Library. His symphonies have been recorded by the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra and performed around the world. He received the most important composer prizes of Ukraine including the Levko Revutskii Prize (2010) for achievements in composer creative work. He also won the Grand Prize at the Kiev International Festival of Documentary Films (“Kinoletopis-2009”).
Three-time Golden and two-time Silver-Award Winner at US-Documentary-Festivals
Wolfgang Netzer started his professional career while studying at the Villa Lobos Conservatory in Rio de Janeiro. In 1985 he released his first solo LP “Mantroja”. In 1989 he founded BavaRio, a formation with which he went on tour for 15 years and released four CDs. During these years he has become famous also as film and production music composer, adding soundtracks to some 35 television films, mostly documentaries. Together with director Lorenz Knauer he received three Golden and two Silver Awards at U.S. documentary film festivals.
Cross of the Order of Merit for his lifetime achievement
Gerhard Trede, who was born in Hamburg in 1913 and died in 1996, played the violin already as a child. He further developed his musical talent by studying music for seven years and by his interest in different styles of music: In the course of his life he learned to play more than 50 instruments. With his comprehensive collection of film music the composer became widely known also in the United States: As composer in residence of the “UFA Wochenschau” he composed a music archive that comprises more than 3,000 works, which is still used today for various films, series and video games. In 1996 he was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit for his lifetime achievement..
Global Music Award Winner 2015 and 2016
Prestige Film Gold Award, Prestige Music Award, Golden Palm Award
Austrian composer, guitar soloist and film director, Master of Art from Berkley University (CA ), played with Pip Seeborg Group, Max Greger and Udo Jürgens. He composed songs for Barbara Streisand, Hermann Prey, George Michael, Jonny Teupen,Zamfir, and for films and TV series. He toured as solo guitarist and appeared on several Albums with the Norman Candler Strings.
Awards for music- or film work 2015:, Accolade USA, Prestige Film Gold Award USA, Prestige Music Award USA, Golden Palm Award Mexico, World Film Award Jakarta, International Independent Film Award USA; .2015 and 2016: Global Music Award USA,...
Awarded "Professor" by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Vienna
Gerhard Kanzian was born in Vienna in 1958. The former viola soloist of the WIENER SYMPHONIKER has been named Director of the Chamber ensemble CONCERTINO WIEN and acts as arranger of classical compositions. His outstanding arrangement of Oboe Cocerto by Handel was used in the Oscar winning film "Manchester by the Sea. In 2008 he was awarded “Professor” for his achievements in Austrian culture by the Ministry of Arts and Culture, Vienna.