Winners of Film Scoring Competition Announced

Vienna Symphonic Library Reveals Top Entries of International Scoring Competition

Winners of Film Scoring Competition Announced

Vienna Symphonic Library Reveals Top Entries of International Scoring Competition 

The Vienna Symphonic Library is pleased to announce the winners of their one-of-a-kind scoring competition that was launched in May 2014 in cooperation with Hollywood Music Workshop. An international jury of renowned Hollywood composers and industry professionals has evaluated all entries and determined the best scores. The first prize is awarded to Andreas Lucas (Germany) who wins the $10,000 cash prize. David Solar (Czech Republic) wins second prize and will be rewarded with Vienna Symphonic Library products worth $4,000. Third prize goes to Joakim Unander (Sweden) with a scholarship for the upcoming Hollywood Music Workshop.

Participants from all over the World
The international panel, including Christopher Young (Award-winning film composers of more than 100 features), Dennis Sands (4-times Oscar nominated producer, recording and mixing engineer), Paul Broucek (President, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures), Dimitrie Leivici (Director Hollywood Music Workshop) and Herb Tucmandl (Founder and CEO Vienna Symphonic Library) was particularly impressed by the high musical and technical standards of the numerous submissions. In addition to the top three prizes, they nominated another ten contestants in recognition of their extraordinary achievements: Benedikt Brydern (USA), Israel Castro (Spain), Dmitry Katkhanov (Russian Federation), William Kersten (USA), Michael Oldham (USA), Kevin Penkin (UK), Miklos Power (Hungary), Alun Richards (South Africa), Christoph Stock (Austria), Emanuel Van Egghen (Belgium).

The winners’ and nominees’ entries can be heard here.

The Competition
The competition was open to all international composers regardless of age. Participants were to compose a suite with a length of up to five minutes, inspired by selected scenes from the movies “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” or “The Wolfman”. The suite had to be an original work, composed and orchestrated primarily for symphonic instruments that were required to be played or programmed using Vienna Symphonic Library products. All types of instrumentation – from solo instruments through chamber ensembles up to large symphonic scores with choir were accepted. The works had to be submitted by August 15, 2014 as .mp3 files along with the project files of the sequencer or notation program that was used to create the recording.

About the Hollywood Music Workshop
Hollywood Music Workshop was founded in 2009 by Hollywood concert and recording violinist Dimitrie Leivici and former leading musical stage performer and current radio moderator Lilo Bellotto. The international workshop is held regularly during the summer in Austrian locations such as Baden bei Wien. It features top Hollywood composers and musicians teaching participants from all over the world in the art of film music making.

About the Vienna Symphonic Library
The Vienna Symphonic Library is an innovative, research-driven music software and sample library developer based in Vienna, Austria. The team continually strives to improve virtual orchestral music production with a special emphasis on authenticity and ease-of-use. More information on the company’s products can be found at and at