"Amanda is a perfectionist and has a very rare special musical imagination...she has a true talent for FILM SCORES and we loved collaborating with her. 

 

Her personality is exciting, thrilling and forward going, all these qualities come through her compositions!""

- Rosi Dusheva -

FOUNDER LONDON FILM ORCHESTRA

*****

 

International award-winning composer and pianist Australian born Amanda Lee Falkenberg began her journey into composition through years spent in ballet studios as an accompanist, including the Australian Ballet company in 2000. She wrote over 120 pieces to accompany ballet dancers as they trained, which led to her Moving With Music CD series. 

 

In 2003 her first full-length orchestral ballet was commissioned, Edge of the World, and performed by the International Barossa Music Festival Orchestra with the prestigious Leigh Warren and Dancers, which received glowing reviews from the national press. 

 

Inspired by visual imagery, Falkenberg's natural progression led her to write for film and TV, stage plays, documentaries, animation series and feature films, including her cinematic soundtrack to the screen adaption of Wilfred Thesiger's Arabian Sands.

 

In 2017, she conducted the world premiere of her orchestral suite Sea Trilogy with the London Film Music Orchestras at their Gala Concert. Later that year, she completed her Arabian inspired concerto for piano and orchestra, CROSSING of the CRESCENT MOON, after which she began her next large scale project, THE MOONS SYMPHONY®.

 

THE MOONS SYMPHONY® is a cinematically rich visual experience merging the worlds of art & science. In seven movements, it explores moons of our outer solar system while celebrating past, present, and future missions after consulting with some of the world greatest scientists from NASA, ESA and astronauts from the International Space Station.  

 

In May 2022, both CROSSING of the CRESCENT MOON and THE MOONS SYMPHONY® will be recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra with Maestra Marin Alsop conducting and Ben Parry leading the London Voices to record the chorus at Abbey Road Studios.

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THE MOONS SYMPHONY has been described by "The Beauty of Space Art" Authors Jon Ramer and Ron Miller as;

 

"…one of the most extraordinary achievements in space-inspired music, and perhaps the first to be accomplished in direct collaboration with astronomers and scientists."

 

THE MOONS SYMPHONY® will also be presenting at the AIM HIGHER GALA Apollo 16 50th Anniversary Celebration in London, and will share the stage with Professor Brian Cox, Astronauts Charlie Duke, Nicole Stott, and other distinguished guests.   

In October 2021, the MBRSC (Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre) and the Australia Pavilion at the Dubai Expo co-hosted MOONS SYMPHONY SOIREE to coincide with SPACE WEEK, where Falkenberg shared the scientific inspiration behind the symphony.


Falkenberg was also invited to Glasgow in 2021 to participate and present THE MOONS SYMPHONY at COP26, where she shared the stage with retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and author of "Back to Earth". 

Falkenberg has presented at many leading institutions, including NASA/JPL, Caltech, the Planetary Conference EPSC in Geneva, 2019, the TEDx Youth Conference, 2018 and was a guest on the Planetary Society Radio Show in January 2021.

 

Falkenberg has received many nominations and won multiple international contests including, The Great American Song Contest, Marvin Hamlisch emerging film composer contest in New York, The International Composition Competition in Italy, Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA), and the Los Angeles Music Awards.