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Penka Kouneva, Joins TRIBORN as Co-Composer

Posted by info on July 20, 2016 at 3:40 AM

 

 Penka Kouneva, Joins TRIBORN as Co-Composer Along with Composer River Sonnet.

 

 

  • ELYSIUM,
  • ENDER’S GAME,
  • PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 3,
  • TRANSFORMERS 1, 2, 3
  • TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2,
  • A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2010,
  • ANGELS AND DEMONS,
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES,
  • THE MATRIX 2 and 3,

 

Meet Penka:

Film & Game composer of "exquisite talent" (NPR) Penka Kouneva began her career in film & TV in 2000, and in 2009 had a break scoring AAA video games (PRINCE OF PERSIA: FORGOTTEN SANDS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN games, with themes by Steve Jablonsky, the Transformers composer). Recently, Penka has scored a dozen award-winning independent features (Primrose Lane, The Third Nail starring Chloe Moretz, Midnight Movie starring Brea Grant), television and games.


Penka has released two award-winning concept albums: The Woman Astronaut (2015, on Varese Sarabande / Universal Music Group) and A Warrior's Odyssey (2012, on Sumthing Else) both receiving 5-star press. Her music has been reviewed as "luminous, original, innovative, groundbreaking, brilliant." Penka's composition awards include: Game Audio Network Guild's Recognition Award (2016), Sundance Composer Fellowship, two Ovation Awards, Aaron Copland Award, etc.


In addition to composing, Penka is a top studio orchestrator on Ninja Turtles 2, Elysium, Ender's Game (films) and Sony's 2016 Game of the Year Bloodborne. Other orchestration credits include the franchises Matrix, Transformers, Pirates 3, and the games Gears of War 2, 3, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Overwatch, Sims, Lord of The Rings, and many low-budget independent films and games. Penka is also a passionate mentor who has trained and opened life-changing doors for dozens of young composers now working at the studio level. During the worst years of recession Penka was employing large teams of musicians and orchestrators to work on her studio jobs in film, TV and games. As a unique composing talent and role model, she has been profiled in two documentaries, two textbooks, NPR shows, keynote addresses, and national press.


Penka was born and raised in Bulgaria, began studying classical music at an early age and graduated from the National Academy of Music. In 1990 she was awarded a Duke Graduate fellowship to study composition at Duke. Penka arrived to US with $150 in her pocket. In 1997 she received Duke University's first-ever Doctorate degree in composition. In 1999 Penka came to LA with one contact, small savings, no job, and a dream to become a film composer. Today Penka is recognized as an industry leader.

 

 

www.PenkaKouneva.com


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