Elia Cmiral

Born in Czechoslovakia, Elia Cmiral is the son of an actress and a theater director, and grandson of one of Antonym Dvorak's pupils. A multi instrumentalist, Cmiral attended the Prague Music Conservatory, where he studied composition and double bass. Elia's first scoring opportunity came with his father's production of "Cyrano de Bergerac." From this experience he discovered his passion for writing for the stage. By the early 80's, Cmiral had moved to Sweden. Throughout his time there he wrote scores for several European films, TV and three ballets. In 1989, he moved to the United States for USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. His year at USC culminated with the scoring of his first American feature, "Apartment Zero," starring Colin Firth.

Over the next decade, Elia continued building a reputation for himself in Sweden and in America. One highlight from this time is his score for the first season of Don Johnson's "Nash Bridges." In 1998, Elia scored his first studio feature, John Frankenheimer's suspense thriller "Ronin," starring Robert DeNiro. Cmiral's score earned him the Movieline Young Hollywood Award for Best Soundtrack of 1998.

In the last 10 years, Elia has written over two-dozen scores for independent films, TV and major studios. Some highlights include his scores for "Stigmata," "Wrong Turn," "Journey to the End of the Night," and the "Pulse" trilogy. Elia's musical style combines contemporary electronic with the modern orchestra, joining cutting edge technology and production with evocative and haunting melodic themes.

Cmiral's scores for "The Deaths of Ian Stone," produced by Stan Winston and Brian Gilbert, and "Tooth and Nail," directed by Mark Young, were featured in the 2008 After Dark Horrorfest. His score for "Splinter," a cutting-edge horror film with stunning visuals directed by Toby Wilkins, received the Best Score award at the Screamfest '08 film festival in Los Angeles. Elia also scored the two sequels to "Pulse" ("Pulse: Afterlife" and "Pulse: Invasion"), completing the "Pulse" trilogy.

Last year Elia teamed with director Tyler Oliver on the thriller "Forget Me Not" and repartnered with Mark Young on "The Killing Jar." He then worked with Czech director Juraj Herz on a score for orchestra and solo violin for the German-produced film "Habermann." The film is a WWII drama based on a true story and won the top prize at the 7th "Jewish Eye" Film Festival in Ashkelon, Israel.

Elia most recently finished the score for the film "Lost Boys 3," and a rock score for "Spec Ops: The Line," a video game by German-based developer Yeager and 2K. Elia also composed "Elegy for Cello and Orchestra" as part of a collaboration between several Hollywood composers entitled, "A Symphony of Hope," which will benefit victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster. In early 2011, Cmiral completed an epic score for the film "Atlas Shrugged," featuring full orchestra and solo piano and is currently beginning to work with writer and director W. Peter Iliff on the film "Rites of Passage."

Elia Cmiral resides in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife and their two sons.

Visit his website here.

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