Stefan French started to explore composing when he went to Wesley College
Stefan French started to explore composing when he went to Wesley College

A Dundrum composer has been nominated for a World Soundtrack Award.

Stefan French (27) is an award-winning film composer providing original music for film, television, and commercial media.

He has been nominated for ‘Best Young International Composer’ at the 18th World Soundtrack Awards taking place on October 17th in Ghent, Belgium.

The local composer grew up in Dundrum as an only child. He developed a love for music at a very young age and started to explore composing more when he went to Wesley College in Ballinteer.

He told Dublin Gazette: “Neither my mam nor dad do music, but my dad is an amateur trombone player!

“I started playing music since I was about six. I joined a lot of the orchestras. I played in the Dublin Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.

“From there, when I was in Wesley [College] I started composing. I did an extra-curricular in music technology when I was about 12.

“Music was always there. When I got to the end of secondary school I was wondering is there something I can do to continue this, so I did a music degree in DIT. I started scoring some student short films on the side, while I was doing my degree which led to professional work and since then that’s what I’ve been doing.”

For the World Soundtrack Awards, each candidate was asked to score a scene from Isao Takahata’s animated film ‘Grave of the Fireflies’. The compositions of the three nominees will be performed live to picture by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brosse, during the World Soundtrack Awards Gala.

The prestigious awards include nominees such as John Williams, Kendrick Lamar, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Ramin Djawadi and Johann Johannsson among others.

Speaking of his nomination, Stefan said: “I am very honoured to receive this recognition on such an international stage, and I look forward to hearing my work performed live to picture during the event. I understand that this is the first time an Irish composer has been nominated in this category.

“The other composers nominated in the other categories are the A-listers in the industry so that’s really cool.”

Stefan has extensive credits across film and television in Ireland, with the majority of his work in the US. His Irish credits include two movies with director Ian Power ‘The Guarantee’ and ‘The Tattoo’ which was IFTA nominated.

The rising star has plenty in the pipeline and is currently working on new material, which should be emerging by early next year.

Stefan French is definitely one to watch. To check out his music visit www.stefanfrench. com