New Year, New Decade 

Happy New Year to everyone! Not that new really, since we are in mid-February - unless you're in China - but newish nevertheless... Greetings from Moscow where I am recording a new score for my producer and director friends, the unbeatable Melnik father and son duo! 

In other news, I have recetly signed with Decca and look forward to a great collaboration with my new 'family' - will keep you posted on what's going on every now and then!

P.S. Here's a snapshot of my Moscow digs, the incomparable Mosfilm…

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Winter greetings 

January has been nice and busy - have recorded a lot with the orchestra and also with amazing soloists. Also working on some Nordic Themes for fun, fit for an epic viking movie that I still have to hear of! Now off to Gothenburg for the launch of the 'Creative Input' project and catalogue (which I am part of), and mid-February is Berlinale - so the 'film year' is definitely starting!

Happy New Year! 

Wishing a happy, healthy and creatively fulfilling 2016 to everyone! Last year I had the privilege of working on so many diverse projects - a ballet, movies in India, China, L.A., Scandinavia and Macedonia... Looking forward to another year filled with music, laughter and collaboration with so many talented professionals!

Mannerheim opera announced 

The Mannerheim opera has been announced, and will premiere at the Ilmajoki Music Festival in June 2017 - celebrating a hundred years of Finland as an independent republic. I will be composing the music to Eve Hietamies' and Laila Hirvisaari's libretto, with Tuomas Parkkinen directing and Waltteri Torikka as Mannerheim. Looking forward to composing my second opera, it's been a while as 'Paavo The Great' had its premiere over 15 years ago!  It told the story of legendary Finnish long distance runner Paavo…

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Walking Dead: No Man's Land game music 

Just finished work on the Walking Dead: No Man's Land game by Next Games -based on AMC's hit television show and to be released this fall on iOS & Android platforms!

Also - had an absolute blast at the Ghent Film Festival and the 15th edition of the World Soundtrack awards, spending the evening after the enjoyable concert celebrating his lifetime achievement award with dear friend Patrick Doyle, as well as Alan Silvestri and other composer friends and colleagues!

 

'The Little Mermaid' ballet premiere 

I composed my second ballet for choreographer Kenneth Greve and the Finnish National Ballet & Opera this summer, and the premiere was on Friday! The Little Mermaid tells the tragic but beautiful original Hans Christian Andersen story of the mermaid who sold her voice for a pair of feet to be with the prince she fell in love with...

Completed work on 'Lazar' 

Recently completed the music for Svetozar Ristovski's film 'Lazar' - the movie tells about a very relevant subject in today's world, human trafficking. The film will have its festival premiere in the Warsaw Internation Film Festival's competition!

'Jaanisaar' premiere in India 

I have been fortunate to work on two Indian feature films this year: 'Nanak Shah Fakir' tells the story of Guru Nanak's life and teachings; 'Jaanisaar' is a period movie about an Indian prince who grew up in the UK returning to India and gaining a deeper understanding of his country under the British rule's 'divide and destroy' strategies. Janitor is out next weekend and Nanak Shah Fakir will premiere within the next couple of months.

Recording for 'The Liberation of Skopje' 

Completed some orchestra recordings for Macedonian/Croatian feature 'The Liberation of Skopje'. Such a pleasure to work with father & son team Rade and Danilo Serbedzija for this film adaptation on the long-running play by Dusan Jovanovic. No word yet on release dates but probably in 2016...

Recording for Muzaffar Ali's 'Jaanisaar' 

Have been working on Muzaffar Ali's beutiful movie 'Jaanisaar' in India. A very inspiring story about India's fight for freedom and the British 'divide and conquer' tactics that helped divide a nation. This is the backdrop to a love story and some epic action too - especially happy to score music again to my DoP friend Gianni Giannelli's gorgeous lensing. Our last collaboration was 'The Italian Key'.

Recordings at Yash Raj Studios have been a blast with many of my favorite Indian classical players coming…

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Tuomas Kantelinen

Film music composer Tuomas Kantelinen studied classical composing in his native Finland and continues to make music for both cinema and concert audiences.

He has scored orchestral film music for over 40 feature films, including Sergei Bodrov's Genghis Khan biopic Mongol, Peter Flinth's Crusade saga Arn, the Knight Templar, Klaus Haro's awarded Mother of Mine, Renny Harlin's dark thriller Mindhunters and Greek mythology epic The Legend of Hercules.

On the classical music side Tuomas has composed an opera, several concertos and two ballets.

Tuomas has studios in Los Angeles, Italy and Finland.

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