The British Council and the National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Centre are conducting the third cycle of Envision Sound, the educational programme for film score composers. The programme, which includes a creative laboratory, lectures, networking, individual consultations with experts from the audiovisual sector, as well as evening film screenings with live music accompaniment will run in Kyiv, on 20–24 January.

Envision Sound 2019–2020 is open to composers from Ukraine, as well as Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Montenegro who want to improve their skill at composing film scores, widen their professional horizons and better understand the international audiovisual industry.

This year, the program's mentor is Enrica Sciandrone, winner of numerous awards, composer and professor at the Royal College of Music in London, where she teaches composition for screen. Ennio Morricone, John Corigliano and Ryuichi Sakamoto are among the composers who recognised her talent and achievements

She has composed soundtracks worldwide for award-winning independent films, documentaries, animations and TV commercials. Recent feature-lengths commitments include American Fango (2016, US/Italy, romantic drama), Love Of My Life (2013, UK/Australia, drama/thriller), The Serbian Lawyer (2014, UK/Serbia, documentary), We Are Many (2014, UK, documentary) and A Quintet (2014, drama).

Together with a project mentor, participants will look at opportunities and challenges in composing music for films and work on their own soundtracks for archive footage or Ukrainian films in production.

Together with a project mentor, participants will look at opportunities and challenges in composing music for films and work on their own soundtracks for archive footage or Ukrainian films in production.

The list of mentors from previous years includes some of the most sought-after composers in Britain, like Michael Price (co-author of the soundtrack for BBC’s Sherlock and Emmy winner), Nainita Desai (composer for film and television and leading broadcasting companies like BBC HBO, ITV, С4; Music+Sound Award and BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2016-2017 winner), Neil Brand (one the best piano improv film accompanists in the world), as well as Ukranian composer Alla Zahaykevych (winner of the Ukrainian Film Academy Golden Dzyga for Best Composer).

For the first time in the programme, participants of Envision Sound 2019-2020 will have the chance to record their music with the Kyiv Fantastic Orchestra as part of the creative laboratory. Watch a short video of the orchestra, under the guidance of conductor Natalia Stets, performing Neil Brand’s soundtrack to Hitchcock’s Blackmail in February 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to work with solo musicians too.

As always, after the programme is completed, the British Council along with the Dovzhenko Centre will offer grants to further support some of the projects developed by composers during the creative laboratory.

‘We’ve built a fruitful working relationship with a great film director during the workshop, we are working with him on an amazing movie right now, it’s already on imdb. Also, we got very useful advices from the mentors of the programme,’ Luka Lebanidze and Zviad Mgebrishvili, Envision Sound 2018-2019 participants from Georgia.

Envision Sound 2019-2020 will be curated by Alla Zahaykevych.

Mentor Enrica Sciandrone

Enrica studied traditional and contemporary composition in Italy, gradually bringing her mastery and experience to screen composition since 2006. Ennio Morricone, John Corigliano and Ryuichi Sakamoto are among the composers who recognised her talent and achievements (respectively, at the III Premio Petrassi International Composition Competition in 2009, at the ISFMF Awards in 2014 and at Berlinale Talent Campus 2012 mentoring scheme). Other awards include the 2012 Peer Raben award at Soundtrack Cologne; 2012 Jerry Goldsmith Award in Music for Adverts, Spain; RMA-LA grant at the 2012 ASCAP workshop in Los Angeles; Leverhulme Trust, Fabrica Dei Talenti Scholarship and J. Horovitz award in composition for screen (2008-2010, RCM); SABAM award as nominated best young composer 2016 at World Soundtrack Awards in Gent. 

In 2012 she has been one of the three composers selected for the Score Competition at Berlinale Talent Campus, scoring J.P.Zaramella Luminaris (recorded at Babelsberg Studios by Babelsberg Orchestra, Potsdam, Germany).

In the same year she has been selected among the 12 participants of the prestigious ASCAP TV and film scoring workshop with Richard Bellis, recording with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra at Fox studios, Los Angeles.

Together with her own professional commitments, she also worked as assistant for Academy award winning composer Luis Bacalov (2005-2007) and as score programmer and assistant for Emmy award winner Javier Navarrete (2012, Wrath of the Titans; 2014, Zhongkui).

She has composed soundtracks worldwide for several award-winning independent films, documentaries, animations and TV commercials. Recent feature-lengths commitments include American Fango (2016, US/Italy, romantic drama), Love Of My Life (2013, UK/Australia, drama/thriller), The Serbian Lawyer (2014, UK/Serbia, documentary), We Are Many (2014, UK, documentary) and A Quintet (2014, drama).

She is currently developing an original project in music narrative exploring the potential of programmatic music and audience responses, bringing her experience as screen composer back to the concert hall: as part of this project, she has been commissioned by renown ensemble PSAPPHA a new concert piece performed in 2015 in Manchester (as winner of the call for new works organised by Curated Place and Moving Classics – European Network for New Music supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union).

Her style is identified by lush melodies, quirky twists and - when not kidnapped by the fascination of the orchestral palette, for which she has a special preference - interesting blends of acoustic and electronic sounds, but always with a strong interest for enhancing the potential of live instruments and the natural musicianship of the performers.

Enrica Sciandrone

More about the program's mentor

Awards and Nominations

  • SABAM Award 2016 for best young international composer (nominated work performed by Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Dirk Brossé)
  • Crystal Pine ISFMF Award 2014 for Coda as best music in short film 
  • Crystal Pine ISFMF Award 2014 nomination for feature film Love Of My Life
  • Peer Raben Music Award 2012 for Suckablood as Best Music in short film. Jury statement says: 'Suckablood honors the horror movie genre, in which all of the important components of production fit perfectly together. It possesses a musical arc that compliments the time structure of the film. Enrica Sciandrone pays hommage to classic 70s horror scores while also creates a contemporary interpretation of the horror genre.'
  • RMA-LA Grant 2012 for best music and performance at the ASCAP TV and Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis (Los Angeles)
  • Jerry Goldsmith Award 2012 for Natural Cycle as Best Music in advertising
  • Peer Raben Award Nomination at Soundtrack Cologne 2011 (best music for a short film, Half Moon soundtrack)
  • Jerry Goldsmith Award Nomination for Big Ben (2011) at Ubeda Festival, Spain.
  • Peer Raben Award Nomination at the Soundtrack of Cologne 2010 (best music for a short film, Big Ben soundtrack)
  • First prize at the International Composition Competition Premio Petrassi (head of jury: Ennio Morricone; Italy, 2009).
  • J. Horovitz Award in Composition for Screen (Royal College of Music, London, 2009), not assigned since 2004, when Michael McEvoy, the former area leader of the course in Composition for screen, received it. 
  • Finalist at the Sound of Perfume Competition with Lunantica (Britten Theatre, London, 2009)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci scholarship recipient (2011, Italy/UK)
  • Leverhulme Trust recipient (2008-2010, UK)
  • Henry Wood scholarship recipient (2008, UK)
  • Fabrica Dei Talenti scholarship recipient for her outstanding skills and achievements in composition and academic studies (2008, Italy)
  • Special Award at the International Composition Competition Premio Petrassi (head of jury: Ennio Morricone; Italy, 2007).
  • Vinicio Mancini scholarship as best graduated student at Conservatoire L. Refice 2007
  • Emma Contestabile Scholarship (2005 – 2006, Italy) offered by International Chigiana Academy of Siena for her achievements at Luis Bacalov’s Masterclass in Composition for Screen
  • First Prize at the Rotary Club Competition with Canzone e Danza (2005, Auditorium of Rome, Italy; performed by Gomalan Brass Quintet)
  • Finalist at the Vieri Tosatti Composition Competition with Monologo Interiore (2005, Auditorium of Rome, Italy; performed by Piccola Orchestra 900)

Education

  • MMus in Advanced Composition (Composition for Screen) with distinction at the Royal College of Music (London, 2010)
  • Composition Degree (M. Antonio Di Pofi, 2007, Italy)
  • Postgraduate degree in Musicology at La Sapienza University of Rome (2007)
  • Merit Degree at the Composition for screen course of Chigiana Academy (M. Luis Bacalov, 2005)
  • Master in composition for screen at National Cinema School of Rome (2004).
  • Piano Degree (M. Gilda Buttà, 2000, Italy)

Participants

Alexey Shvurkunov, Ukraine

Başar Ünder, Turkey

Darija Andovska, Noth Macedonia 

David Mastikosa, Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Eugene Latsko, Ukraine

Ilya Odegov, Kazakhstan

Maja Curcic, Serbia

Martin Danchev, North Macedonia

Max Smogol, Ukraine

Nikolay Makieiev, Ukraine

Serhii Vilka, Ukraine

Valeriia Khazan, Ukraine

Vardan Harutyunyan, Armenia

 

Key dates

Application start – 19 June 2019;

Application deadline – 4 August 2019;

Participant announcement – mid-October 2019;

Assigning homework – 4-11 November 2019;

Envision Sound in Kyiv – 20-24 January 2020;

Which Programme finalists receive a grant will be announced in February 2020.

Programme working language: English, Ukrainian/Russian (with simultaneous translation into English).