Alex Baranowski is a composer based in London, and a graduate of Paul McCartney’s LIPA.
He was nominated for a Tony award for The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway (working with Michael Grandage and Martin McDonagh); won a Music + Sound Award for his score to BAFTA nominated film McCullin; and his ballet adaption of 1984 for Northern Ballet recently won the prestigious South Bank Award for dance after a sold out run at Sadler’s Wells.
Alex’s arrangement of Ochi Chernye, a collaboration with renowned singer Sir John Tomlinson and the London Metropolitan Orchestra, is presently the BBC’s theme for the 2018 World Cup.
He is currently working on a number of film projects and completing his first album.
Alex’s collaborations with directors in theatre include Oscar winning Danny Boyle (for Frankenstein); Rupert Goold (Earthquakes in London) and Sir Nicholas Hytner (Hamlet) all at the Royal National Theatre; Benedict Andrews (for A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic and New York) and numerous productions for West End, Broadway, Donmar, RSC, Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Court, many of which were broadcast live to cinemas.
He composed music for Wes Anderson’s Come Together TV spots for H&M, Paddington and The Christmas Visitor for Marks & Spencer, as well as numerous award winning short films including actress Gillian Anderson’s directorial debut, The Departure; Edmund The Magnificent (staring Ian McKellen and David Bradley); and The Hope Rooms (staring Andrew Scott and Ciarán Hinds).
Music for feature films include the forthcoming Nureyev; the Grierson award winning Attacking The Devil; twice BAFTA nominated McCullin; as well as Maxine Peake’s Hamlet and We Are Many. He also contributed to the BFI’s Shakespeare in Silent Film project re-composing music for some of the oldest films in the BFI archive to a live performed score.
Alex’s ballet of 1984 for Northern Ballet was screened on BBC 4 after a UK national tour culminating at Sadler’s Wells. He has collaborated with musicians including Mercury winning The xx (for The xx symphony for BBC Radio 1 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and later at the Hollywood Bowl); virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope (for Spheres which reached no 1 in the UK and no 3 in the US Billboard Classical charts); electro duo Underworld; Grammy winning Clean Bandit; and Peter Hook (Joy Division).
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