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Oticons Faculty Winners & Finalists

of the previous years' competitions

Oticons Faculty 2018 Winners

#1 Winner

-Rasmus Zwicki

#2 Winner

-Lawrence Whitehead

#3 Winner

-Henning Hansen

#4 Winner

-Si Hao Ting

#5 Winner

-Timofey Kazantsev

#6 Winner

-Jinglei Huo

#7 Winner

-Jeffrey Harrison

#8 Winner

-James Yan

#9 Winner

-Marco Cascone

#10 Winner

-Darshan Shah
Meet the Winners of the previous editions!

#1 Winner 2017

SERGEY PERVOV (Russia)

Sergey reflects what the OTICONS FACULTY is all about. A 50 year old composer from Novosibirsk, Siberia, managed to stun the jury and be the Grand Winner. His trip to the World Soundtrack Awards has been one of the highlights of his career, and as he stated himself, of his life. We're very proud of him and his achievement!

Conclusion?

An astonishing talent found the recognition he deserved from the OTICONS FACULTY Jury and gave the most remarkable boost to his career, one that he could have never enjoyed if he didn't decide from his home town in Siberia, to participate to the contest. The Oticons Talent Agency took him under its wings and helps him in any way it can!

#2 Winner 2017

SEBASTIAN BARTMANN (Germany)

Sebastian has battled for the first place with Sergey for the entire 2nd round judging period. Nonetheless he enjoyed in the end all events and workshops at the KRAKOW Film Music Festival, plus joined us at the Soundtrack Cologne festival. From both trips he networked with dozens of professionals.

Conclusion?

Sebastian is now represented by the Oticons Talent Agency. His amazing music ideas couldn't be ignored and after all the mentoring he received he now embarks with a new focus, a good network, to a proper prolific film composing career.

#1 Winner 2016

BENOIT LEFEVRE (France)

In 2016 Benoit's compositions have popped out among the finest we've ever heard. He stunned the judging panel in both rounds and put him on the top of the list of "potential winners". And he indeed won our 1st prize that sent him to Krakow Film Music Festival. He met in person amazing composers like Alexander Desplat and Harry Gregson-Williams and he attended all seminars and workshops!

Conclusion?

Benoit is now represented by the Oticons talent agency.Within only a week he grew from an exquisite violinist with a rare talent in composition to a knowledgeable, noticed by the industry, emerging film composer. His fellow countryman, composer Jean-Michel Bernard, who he met in Krakow, has been already an immense help and mentor for him!

#2 Winner 2016

BENJAMIN VIOLET (France)

The young, but established, film composer from France, Benjamin Violet, was getting married during the Krakow FMF days - therefore he couldn't enjoy his prize! Nonetheless we couldn't let such a worthy winner without an award! We booked Benjamin to attend another important educational event, the Media Sound Hamburg. He was present at the dedicated only to few aspiring composers, 3-day workshop performed by Christopher Young and also enjoyed great networking and other film music seminars.

Conclusion?

Every day personal interaction with a composer like Christopher Young, in an exclusive and dedicated venue for few attendants, has had an impact to his knowledge and attitude towards the art and craft of film scoring. Plus some extremely important new connections in the industry!

Benoit with Oticons Faculty & Krakow FMF Awards winner Bartosch McCarthy, accompanied by George Christopoulos
Benoit Lefevre with maestro Ludwig Wicki, Jean-Michel Bernard and wives, with George Christopoulos.
Lukasz Targosz, Joseph Trapanese, Benoit Lefevre
Heitor Pereira, Benoit Lefevre, Eleni Mitsiaki, Robert Piaskowski, George Christopoulos, Bartosch McCarthy.

#1 Winner 2015

ANDREA GRANT (Italy)

One of the most peculiar, yet totally satisfying for us, coincidences regarding our competition's Winners, took place in 2015. Soon after Andrea Grant amazed our jury members with his outstanding film music composing skills, he want on to grab another 1st Prize reward at the Transatlantyk Film+Music Festival!On top of that, our #2 winner for 2015, Bartosch McCarthy also won the 2nd Prize in the very same contest at Transatlantyk!

Conclusion?

Andrea is now represented by the Oticons talent agency. His deep interaction with successful composers and professionals in the festivals gave him intense mentoring and a shift of focus for his career.

#2 Winner 2015

BARTOSCH McCARTHY (Germany)

Bartosch McCarthy has been the absolute example of what our contest is about. He participated in 2014 where he ranked 6th on our Top10 finalists but he participated again in 2015 that led him to be a grand prize Winner. Within two years of hard work, Bartosch got awarded in 2 contests (Oticons Faculty & Transatlantyk) visited 4 film music festivals (Soundtrack Cologne, Krakow, Transatlantyk, WSA) and boosted his career significantly!

Conclusion?

Bartosch is now represented by the Oticons talent agency. He now lives in Los Angeles and works closely with many professionals that he met through the OTICONS FACULTY!

Alan Silvestri & Andrea Grant at the WSA ceremony.
Andrea Grant & Patrick Doyle at the dinner after the WSA ceremony.
Alan Silvestri discussing music with Bartosch McCarthy & composer Christopher Slaski.
Ramin Djawadi & Bartosch McCarthy during a Krakow FMF event.

#1 WINNER 2014

Ben Woodgates (U.K.)

Benjamin Woodgates has been the very first Winner of the inaugural edition of the Oticons Faculty Competition. He has been the first who stunned our jury; his 2nd Assignment was praised as an equal to Shostakovich string quartet works.

Within two months in 2014 he recorded his 1st Assignment with the WDR in Cologne, he attended the World Soundtrack Awards where he met the, also London-based, composers Steven Price (Oscar win for "Gravity") and Daniel Pemberton (WSA Discovery of the Year 2014), and he returned to Soundtrack Cologne as a Discovery of that festival also the same year.

Conclusion?

New professional relationships with several London-based composers, agents, publishers and the ASCAP Senior Directors for Film/TV, who help him already to move on in the industry.

#2 WINNER 2014

Chris Roe (U.K.)

Chris was also the very first #2 Winner of the inaugural edition of our competition. Krakow Film Music Festival that year was celebrating ASCAP's 100 Years and had an absolutely stellar list of guests: Hans Zimmer, Dario Marianelli, Patrick Doyle, Elliot Goldenthal to name a few. In Krakow he spend 5-days attending intense workshops at the Alevernia Studios with Daniel Carlin (USC) and Richard Bellis (ASCAP) helming them.

Only two months later he was also one of the 10 nominees for the Best Music 'Peer Raben' Awardon on Soundtrack Cologne 2014.

Conclusion?

He left Krakow with a thesaurus of new knowledge and Cologne with a... talent agent from London!

#3 Finalist 2014 & WSA 2015 Nominee

Roman Falkenstein (Latvia)

A phenomenal composer from Latvia, Roman Falkenstein, appeared on the Top10 finalists list of the Oticons Faculty 2014. He pricked the jury's ears and although he wasn't eligible for the two major awards, in the end he did attend both!

In 2014 he attended the last two days of Krakow's FMF and enjoyed along with Chris Roe the "100 Years of ASCAP" major concert. Only a year later he was present in Ghent's World Soundtrack Awards as one of the three nominees for the SABAM Best Young International Composer Award!

Conclusion?

His skills and musical style has been praised in two competitions, both of which had maestro Dirk Brossé as president of the Jury. His career is supported now with practical mentoring and business advice from the acclaimed pros that noticed him, including the Oticons Ltd. agents.

Benjamin Woodgates with ASCAP Directors for Film & TV, Simon Greenaway (left) & Mike Todd (right).
Benjamin Woodgates & Oticons Faculty founder, George Christopoulos, on stage on the Awards ceremony of Soundtrack Cologne 2014.
From the left: Simon Greenaway & Mike Todd (ASCAP), Hans Zimmer, Dario Marianelli, maestro Diego Navarro, Nancy Knutsen (ASCAP), Patrick Doyle, Garry Schyman, Julie Taymor & Elliot Goldenthal.
Chris Roe, George Christopoulos & Benjamin Woodgates, during Soundtrack Cologne.
George Christopoulos, Roman Falkenstein & Chris Roe right after the "100 years of ASCAP" film music concert.
Official WSA photoshoot of Roman Falkenstein, nominated for Best Young European Composer award at the WSA 2015.

Discover the Music of all Top·10 Winners from the Oticons Faculty Soundtrack Albums

2017 Soundtrack Album Available Now

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