Amanda Lee Falkenberg COMPOSER | Film | Concert Hall | Ballet

Amanda Lee Falkenberg


 

Amanda Lee Falkenberg

Australian born composer Amanda Lee Falkenberg established a relationship with music at the age of two and ½ when she first began playing songs on the piano that she heard from the music of live marching bands and then immediately transcribed them at the piano.

The next two decades were solely devoted to perfecting her craft, winning numerous awards for her piano playing and was accepted into the piano performance degree at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, South Australia. She then won a position with the prestigious Australian Ballet Company as concert pianist and by that point, she had already started composing original piano compositions for ballet dancers and released them onto three CDs “Moving with Music” which are distributed worldwide.

Copious hours spent at the piano rehearsing the dancers for their large ballet productions at the Sydney Opera house, further fueled her deep desires to compose and eventually led to a commissioning to compose her own full length orchestral 30 minute Ballet Edge of the World, cementing a whole new direction for her music career after receiving glowing reviews from the international press. Quote by The AUSTRALIAN and Adelaide newspapers;

“Powerfully dramatic..., Edge of the World for piano and orchestra was enormously impressive. The first orchestral work by young South Australian composer Falkenberg, bristled with confidence and life in a broadly film idiom, .. The strength and originality of Falkenberg’s score was beyond question”

“Falkenberg’s exciting work, skillfully orchestrated, has terrific drive, inspiring the dancers to extend themselves..”

Since then she has been pursuing a film composing path with steadfast commitment and drive and has written for numerous short films, a full length feature, theatre, documentaries and TV animation series.

Recent achievements include 2017 winner of the Great American Song Contest in the INSTRUMENTAL CATEGORY for her Disney inspired composition Believe it and in 2016 her orchestral score Mermaids Maiden Voyage won in the same category where more than 1,800 songwriters from 44 countries competed. The jury commented;

“There are some brilliant ideas throughout... Impressive instrumentation and orchestral arrangements... refreshing to hear instrumentals of this calibre…”

The following month in 2016 her original music score for an animated short film became a finalist at the CINE Marvin Hamlisch New York film film composing contest where her music was selected as one of 10 finalists in a field of over 300 International entrants. The jury commented;

“This was an amazing score that did such an incredible job towards enhancing most every moment… I loved the music, very Maurice Jarre, but with its own unique voice of course... the score did best bringing comedy and adventure to light with creative use of arrangement and spot-on melodies.”

With numerous awards over the decade from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) and Los Angeles Music Awards and with her film orchestral writing continuing to accumulate high international acclaim, Falkenberg continues to feed her insatiable appetite for the need to compose by scouring the world for opportunities to position her music in front of industry professionals and is constantly perfecting her craft at an accelerated rate to match her fervency to compose.