Vienna - Film Music Capital of the World

September 04, 2015 10:03pm

Vienna is about to become an important location for film music. Hollywood in Vienna, The International Film Music Symposium Vienna, The Vienna Symphonic Library and Vienna Recording Stage with support of The Vienna Tourist Board and the Vienna Film Commission are all happy to have contributed to setting new impulses in achieving excellence and progress in Film Music and making the city once again the Music Capital of the World.

This year Vienna garnered International attention with the global premiere of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which took place at the State Opera House in Vienna, where also a significant sequence of the movie was shot. Furthermore music for the Opera “Turandot”, used in the film, was recorded in Vienna.

For the 8th time “Hollywood in Vienna”, a symphonic gala concert celebrating classic and current masterpieces of film music, will take place in the prestigious Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert Hall) on October 15th and 16th, 2015.

Film music concerts gain more and more popularity, not only in Europe but all over the world. What makes “Hollywood in Vienna” so special and attracts audiences from all over the world is the combination of the music history of Vienna and the Concert Hall as venue, the renowned ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra performing, Hollywood stars attending and being honored, a visually stunning light design and artfully crafted movie and video clips supporting the music. In addition “Hollywood in Vienna” maintains the public interest by creating a special concert theme each year.

James Newton Howard will be this years Max Steiner Award Honoree. The Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award is a symbol of recognition by the City of Music, Vienna, for extraordinary achievements in the film music genre. Previous recipients are John Barry, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, Lalo Schifrin, James Horner and Randy Newman.

James Newton Howard’s body of work encompasses more than 120 scores including “The Hunger Games” Trilogy, M. Night Shyamalan’s mystery thrillers “Signs” and “The Village”, Disney’s “Maleficient”, as well as Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”. Howard was awarded for his versatile work with a Grammy and Emmy and received 8 Academy Award nominations.

The Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) is currently establishing a unique Scoring Stage. After its extensive renovation, the new “Synchron Stage Vienna” will merge its outstanding acoustics with VSL’s proprietary software solutions to provide a one-of-a-kind recording facility where a live orchestra will work side-by-side with virtual instruments. Real and virtual acoustic worlds seamlessly blend and will create a unique recording experience, which will establish a groundbreaking production facility for international orchestral and film music recordings. In the past the historic recording facility catered to internationally great Classical artists such as Richter, Backhaus, Rostropovich, Boehm, Karajan, etc.

The Vienna Symphonic Library (VSL) is a world leader in orchestral sample libraries and music production software. International composers like Danny Elfman, Alan Silvestri, Alexandre Desplat, A. R. Rahman and James Newton Howard are using the software as well as Herbie Hancock, Lenny Kravitz, David Foster and educational institutions from Berklee to Tokyo, to name just a few of their customers.

This year the “International Film Music Symposium Vienna” (FIMU) will be back during “Hollywood in Vienna” with numerous prestigious guests, who will give multimedia lectures and/or workshop and participate in roundtable discussions at the University of Vienna Music Department. Amongst other guests, Oscar and Grammy winner James Newton Howard, composer Richard Bellis (Stephen Kings “IT” and head of the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshops LA) and the owner of the Gorfain Schwartz Agency (GSA), Sam Schwartz, will illustrate their work, talk about their experiences in the film music business and will answer questions from the audience.

The late James Horner said about his experience at “Hollywood in Vienna and receiving the Max Steiner Award: “Receiving the Max Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna was the most memorable moment of my life I have no words…It was magical! I cannot thank you enough.”

More info at:

Hollywood in Vienna: www.hollywoodinvienna.com
Vienna Symphonic Library:https://vsl.co.at/en
International Film Music Symposium Vienna: http://hollywoodinvienna.com/en/events/fimu-2015
Vienna Film Commission: http://www.viennafilmcommission.at