ABOUT

Three-time Dallas Winds award winning composer, Christian Kolo seeks to meld contemporary, classical, and film music as one, recognizing the beautiful potential and limitless opportunities that each contain. Kolo is a recent graduate from The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he received a Masters Degree in Screen Scoring. Born in West Bloomfield Michigan, a suburb of Metro-Detroit, Kolo began composing music in his sophomore year of High School. A graduate of Michigan State University, Kolo studied music composition with Zhou Tian and Ricardo Lorenz receiving high honors for his academic achievements. Along with composition, Kolo is very interested in musicology and music education. He loves making classical and instrumental music fun for all ages and for those who do not have an extensive musical background. Kolo enjoys composing music for all ensembles and skill levels. He especially likes composing for large ensemble which provides a great pallet of color and texture for which he enjoys writing with. Kolo also works with film music website, Soundtrack.net as a film music critic.

 

Kolo currently resides in the greater Los Angeles area where he composes, orchestrates, and conducts film and media music along with concert works from his studio, Christian Kolo Music.

PERFORMANCES

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Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Bros. Studios, Christian Kolo, conductor

University of North Carolina, performance at CBDNA 2018, Evan Feldman, conductor

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Brooklyn Rider

Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Kevin Sedatole, conductor

Stephen F. Austin Brass, Fred J. Allen, conductor

Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Matt Forte, conductor

Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, conductor

Dali Quartet

BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) Foundation 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellowship

Nominated for Best Original Score at The Little Wing Film Festival, On The Way Up

Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition, awarded for Adventure Awaits

ACCBDA James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers, awarded for The River Runs Silver

Michigan State University Large Ensemble Competition

Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition, awarded for To The Stars

Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition, awarded for Valiant

Duluth Superior Orchestra Young Composers Competition, Runner-up

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Sibelius/Finale

Cubase Pro 10.5

Pro Tools

Logic Pro X

MAX/MSP Jitter 

EastWest Libraries

Spitfire Audio Libraries

Cinesamples Libraries

Spectrasonics Virtual Instruments

 

Kontakt Libraries

Vienna Ensemble Pro 7

Microsoft Office

Adobe Premiere

DaVinci Resolve 15

Master of Music in Screen Scoring

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Professors: Bruce Broughton, Eric Schmidt, Garry Schyman

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Michigan State University College of Music

Professors: Zhou Tian, Ricardo Lorenz

 

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Zoe Kissel (Director, Writer, Producer, Photographer)

Stuart Heinlein (Director, Writer)

Alyssa Callahan (Director, Writer)

Kim Labick (Director, Writer, Producer)

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