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Sharon Farber

Sharon Farber

Musical Score Composer and Arranger

Winner of the 2013 SCL (Society of Composer and Lyricists) Award for Excellence in the Art of Music for Film and the 2012 Visionary Award in Music by The Women International in Film & TV Showcase, composer Sharon Farber has received critical acclaim as a composer in the concert world as well as that of Film and TV. Farber brings to her music influences from her Middle Eastern heritage as well as her extensive knowledge of Classical and Western music.

Farber began her musical career at the age of seven as a classical pianist. After graduating from Thelma-Yelin High School for the Arts, she served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and later worked as a theater composer and musical director in Israel. She won First Prize in Colors in Dance in 1992 for her music for choreography. In 1994, she moved to Boston upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College Of Music. During her studies, she won First Prize in the yearly Professional Writing Division Concert with her first string quartet. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1997 (majoring in both Classical Composition and Film Scoring) she moved to Los Angeles to begin her professional career. Sharon Farber was the recipient of the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship in Film Scoring, as well as the Mentorship program of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, on which she served as a board member for ten years.

Farber has been writing concert and choir music in parallel to her film-scoring career, and has many national and international premieres and performances to her credit, including: The Third Mother/ Mothers’ Lament, which was world premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale; Ashkina, for mixed choir, chamber ensemble and Ethnic Instruments which has been performed many times; Translucent Rocks, commissioned and premiered by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Commissions include the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Symphony Orchestra, The International String Quartet of Yucatan and iPalpiti Artists International. Recently two outstanding sopranos released CDs with Sharon’s music (Grammy Award winner Hila Plitmann and Sharon Rostorf Zamir, who was nominated for a Grammy for her performance on that CD), and she is the Composer-in-Residence of the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. She was commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic to compose a cello concerto that premiered in January 2013. The Israeli Chamber Orchestra performed her Fantasy for Orchestra in January 2014.

In the film/TV world, Farber has been working with such companies as NBC, CBS, Showtime and WB as well as writing music for features films. She won the Telly Award for best score for California 2000 and her orchestral score for the film When Nietzsche Wept was released commercially. She has recently completed the score for the feature The Dove Flyer (director Nisim Dayan) and Honor Diaries (director Micah Smith) and is gearing up to score Buddha Eyes (Director Joshua Caldwell, producer Aaron Millar), Roman’s Table for writer/producer T. Raphael Cimino, and other feature films, including a seven film series for Ancient Entertainment. She has recently completed a new orchestral CD, Oceans commissioned by WEST ONE Music Library in the UK.

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