Gene Pritsker

Composer/guitarist/rapper/Di.J. Gene Pritsker has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He has orchestrated such Hollywood movies as Perfume, Story of a Murderer (directed by Tom Tykwer), The International starring Clive Owen, Anamorph starring Willem Dafoe and Killer Elite starring Jason Stratham and Robert De Niro. Current films include orchestrating and writing music for the motion picture Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry directed by Tom Tykwer, Lana & Andy Wachowski. He has also written The Cloud Atlas Symphony based on some of the musical material from the motion picture, which will be released on SONY records in 2013. The 6th movement of this symphony is used in the closing credits of the movie. Gene has worked on orchestrating this picture for the past 2 years, with two recording session with the MDR symphony in Leipzig, Germany as well as recording his symphony with that orchestra. The score form Cloud Atlas has been nominated for a Golden Globe award.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd's on Collegno, Composers Concordance and Innova Records. Gene's music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, MDR Symphony, The Athens Camarata, Brooklyn and Berlin Philharmonic. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.

2013-2014 Highlights:

  • Cloud Atlas Symphony will be performed around the world by Kristjan Jarvi and various orchestras in Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, London (proms),  Copenhagen, Leipzig
  • Breadth of Rhetoric' for bassoon and orchestra will be perfumed in September 2014 by Martin Kuuskmann - bassoon and Neeme Jarvi - conductor and the Estonian National Orchestra
  • Release of the the piano concerto Reinventions on Sony Records with Simone Dinnerstein and the Absolute Ensemble, K. Jarvi, conductor
  • Orchestrated and have original music in the movie Cloud Atlas directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, released world wide  on Oct. 26 2012.
  • Release of the the piano concerto Reinventions on Sony Records with Simone Dinnerstein and the Absolute Ensemble, K. Jarvi, conductor
  • Absolute Ensemble performs Reinventions with Simone Dinnerstein the Bach Festival in Leipzig Germany

2012 Highlights:

  • Cloud Atlas Symphony premiered by Kristjan Jarvi and the Leipzig MDR Symphony in Nov. 2012 at the IMPULS Festival in Halle. It will be released in 2014.