Ludek Drizhal

About

An award-winning composer, conductor and music producer, Ludek Drizhal has received international acclaim for his wide-ranging scores and arrangements.
 
Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Drizhal started studying violin at age five.  Political unrest in the former Czechoslovakia led the teenaged Drizhal to relocate to the United States where he immediately began performing as a concert violinist with a number of symphony orchestras, working with the likes of Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby McFerrin and Lynn Harrell. His virtuosic violin performances, as well as his piano and guitar accompaniments can be heard in numerous recordings and in works of other composers, and he has conducted for and recorded with many orchestras including the Slovak Radio Symphony, The Golden Hornet Project of the Austin Symphony, USC Symphony Orchestra and the Hungarian National Symphony.  Today, he proudly holds the position of Guest Music Conductor with his beloved Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
 
Drizhal studied composition and conducting at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music and the USC Thornton School of Music, later teaching at USC where he worked alongside world-renowned film composers such as Elmer Bernstein and Christopher Young, and began composing for films.
 
In 2007, the comedy/drama Rounding First won Drizhal an award at the Park City Film Music Festival. After scoring the Lions Gate film Simon Says with director William Dear (Angels in the Outfield), Drizhal went on to work with director Francesco Lucente on the drama Badland which was nominated for best score and best picture at the Milan International Film Festival.  Drizhal’s song “Nothing’s There” written for the film was considered in the original song category for the 80th Annual Academy Awards.  In 2010 Drizhal worked with BAFTA award-winning writer/director Tim McCanlies (Iron Giant, Secondhand Lions), scoring his film Alabama Moon which opened in April 1st, 2011 in selected theaters.  He is currently working with Francesco Lucente on a 3D fantasy entitled,  Starbright.
 
Drizhal has worked over the past several years with highly acclaimed Polish writer/director andPresident of the World Cinema Alliance Jacek Bromski.  Drizhal’s score for Bromski’s U Pana Bogaza Miedza (God’s Little Village) was the No. 1 selling soundtrack in Poland in the summer of 2009, and he recently completed the score for the soon to be released thriller Uwiklanie (Entanglement).
 
In addition to his film scores, Drizhal has written and produced many original compositions and arrangements for recording artists, including Valencia Vas’ debut album Reflections, which was praised by Billboard magazine. The single “When The Sun Comes Up” which Drizhal wrote and arranged, reached Top 10 on Adult Contemporary Radio ahead of such established artists as Rascal Flatts, Paul McCartney and John Mayer. Drizhal also recently arranged and produced a debut album of Italian folk-songs for Olimpia Lucente titled Desiderata which will soon be released in Italy, Germany and Spain, and collaborated as a producer with Spencer Gibb and Aaron Frescas on Gibb’s first and second solo albums. These three albums were arranged and recently recorded in Prague with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Credits

Composer (25 titles)

Starbright (2012 pre-production)
When Angels Sing (2011 post-production)
Cut/Print (2011 Film)
Uwiklanie (2011 Film)
A Hidden Agender (2011 short)
Benjamin (2011 Film)
Alabama Moon (2009 Film)
Inside (2009 short)
U Pana Boga za miedza (2009 Film)
The Chronicles of Hollow Earth: The Next Race (2009 Film)
The Sno Cone Stand Inc (2008 Film)
Soft Typewriter (2008 short)
My Brother’s Keeper (2008 short)
Badland (2007 Film)
Sands of Oblivion (2007 TV movie)
Fueling Change (2007 documentary short)
Synapse (2007Film)
Life Goes On (2007 Film)
Death Row (2006 TV movie)
Simon Says (2006 Film)
Slayer (2006 TV movie)
Voodoo Moon (2006 TV movie)
Rounding First (2005 Film)
Detroit: Not for Wimps (2005 short)
Joe’s First Day in Boston (2003 short)

Music Department (5 titles)

The Celestine Prophecy (2006 Film, additional orchestrator)
Rounding First (2005 Film,conductor, orchestrator)
Do Not Disturb (2005 short, composer: additional music)
Spider-Man 2 (2004 Film, orchestral sounds – uncredited)
When the Kids Are Away (2002 Film, musician: violin)

Awards

Park City Film Music Festival

Rounding First, 2005 Audience Choice – Best Impact of Music, Won Silver Medal of Excellence

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