SoundTrack_Cologne 20 – Mychael Danna

SoundTrack_Cologne celebrates its 20th edition from 20-23 June 2023, and will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to composer Mychael Danna, at the award ceremony to be held on Friday, 23 June, where the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln will play film a selection of his film scores.


Official announcement:

The Lifetime Achievement Award of the twentieth SoundTrack_Cologne 2023 goes to Mychael Danna. At the award ceremony on Friday, 23 June, the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln will play film scores by Mychael Danna. Danna will not only travel to Cologne to receive the award, but will also present his work in a talk with film composer Mirjam Skal on Thursday, 22 June.


Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer who has composed over 80 film scores and is recognized for his blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the transculturally inspired, 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe winning film score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Danna also composed the scores for Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Ride with the Devil.


Other well-known films Danna has composed music for include Academy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica and Ararat from his longtime collaboration with director Atom Egoyan; also Moneyball and Capote with director Bennett Miller, Monsoon Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine, Being Julia, Stillwater, The Addams Family 1 and 2, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Where the Crawdads Sing.


Danna won an Emmy Award for outstanding music composition for the mini-series World Without End. Other television scores include Alias Grace (Emmy Nomination), Tyrant, (3 Emmy Nominations), Camelot (Emmy Nomination) and Return to Space (Emmy Nomination).


Among Danna’s other awards are the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing (2013), the World Soundtrack Awards for Film Composer of the Year, and Best Score of the Year (both 2013), and the Hollywood Film Award for Composer of the Year (2016).


“The most gratifying filmmaking experiences are ones that take effort to unpeel the layers surrounding the heart of the story and to find the best musical expression of that heart,” says Danna. “Those are always the film scores I am most proud of.”


The Canadian-born composer graduated from the University of Toronto and today lives in Los Angeles.

SoundTrack_Cologne 20 - Mychael Danna


SoundTrack_Cologne is the largest German congress for music and sound in film, games, and media, offering more than 50 round tables, panels, workshops, and networking events. The main focus is set on current developments in the culture, law, marketing, and technics of media music, as well as business cases, professionalization, and networking.


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