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Ilan Eshkeri - film composer

Ilan Eshkeri Ilan Eshkeri is an English composer, born in London and studying Music and English Literature in Leeds. He gained some early experience as an orchestrator for Michael Kamen on the film "Open Range" before quickly moving into a composing career. As a composer Eshkeri first made a name for himself when he worked with Lisa Gerrard (Gladiator) to compose the score for "Layer Cake" directed by Matthew Vaughn. Another collaboration was "Hannibal Rising" with co-composer Shigeru Umebayashi (House of Flying Daggers). Later Ishkeri would work again with Vaughn on "Kick-Ass" again in collaboration with other composers - this time including Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), John Murphy (28 Days Later) and Marius de Vries (Moulin Rouge). As a solo composer he scored the fantasy drama "Stardust" also for Matthew Vaughn and the period drama "The Young Victoria" written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

Ilan Eshkeri: Stardust - soundtrack CD cover Back in 2007 Ishkeri also worked on the award-winning boxing movie "Strength and Honour" set in Ireland, and this film's awards prominence in the Film Festival circuit no doubt helped to get his name and music noticed. Certainly his career has gone from strength to strength allowing the composer to display a distinct versatility along the way. There was the spy comedy sequel "Johnny English Reborn" which allowed the composer not only to channel the music of Edward Shearmur but also a certain pastiche of the Bond spy genre set out by film composers such as John Barry and David Arnold. There has also been romantic comedies such as "I Give It a Year" and "Austenland", animations such as "Justin and the Knights of Valour" the TV sequel "The Snowman and the Snowdog" and the stop-motion "Shaun the Sheep Movie". Ishkeri's output has also included serious dramas such as "Coriolanus" starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes, and most recently Still Alice starring Julianne Moore as a linguistics professor suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's.

Films by Ilan Eshkeri:

    Ilan Eshkeri: Johnny English Reborn - soundtrack CD cover
  • Open Range - additional orchestrator for this score by Michael Kamen
  • Layer Cake (or L4yer Cake) - this soundtrack provided an early opportunity for Eshkeri working with Lisa Gerrard
  • Hannibal Rising - Hannibal Lecter prequel with co-composer Shigeru Umebayashi
  • Stardust - a great fantasy score
  • Closure
  • Strength and Honour - award-winning boxing movie set in Ireland
  • Virgin Territory
  • The Disappeared
  • Telstar: The Joe Meek Story - about the record-producer Joe Meek and also featuring some of his music
  • The Young Victoria - based on the early years of Queen Victoria
  • Ninja Assassin - martial arts movie
  • Kick-Ass - comic adaptation with a hit soundtrack and score music by John Murphy, Henry Jackman, Marius de Vries as well as Ilan Eshkeri
  • Centurion
  • Ilan Eshkeri: Still Alice - film score soundtrack CD cover
  • Johnny English Reborn - following the example of Edward Shearmur with another wonderful pastiche score in the style of a James Bond score
  • Coriolanus
  • Austenland - romantic comedy based adapted from a book about someone obsessed with Jane Austen's novels
  • I Give it a Year
  • 47 Ronin
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
  • Justin and the Knights of Valour - fun animation
  • Still Alice
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Swallows and Amazons
  • Dancer
  • Collide

Other music by Ilan Eshkeri (for TV and Games):

One of Eshkeri's most recent projects was to create music for the Computer Game "The Sims 4" and he discusses this project in this interview on youtube. Prior to this composer has gained a sizeable CV of Television projects:

    Ilan Eshkeri and Andy Burrows: The Snowman and the Snowdog - soundtrack CD cover
  • Colosseum: A Gladiator's Story - TV documentary
  • Trial & Retribution - some episodes of this ongoing crime series, along with many other composers such as Anne Dudley
  • Waking the Dead - some episodes of this alternative ongoing crime series, also with many other composers
  • Eric and Ernie - TV movie based on the comedy partnership of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise
  • Richard Hammond's Journey to ... - Short-lived documentary series visiting "The Centre of the Planet" and "The Bottom of the Ocean"
  • Planet Dinosaur - Documentary Series
  • Strike Back - TV Series
  • The Snowman and the Snowdog - with co-composer Andy Burrows on this anniversary sequel to the original "The Snowman" with music by Howard Blake
  • Fleming - Mini-Series about Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond

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