ISTVAN J. BALAZS
MUSIC COMPOSER FOR FILM, TV AND MEDIA
WELCOME to the official Website of Istvan J. Balazs. Combining an unmatched passion for Film, TV and Media Music, with his talent and zeal, Istvan is pursuing his goal to bring back the unforgettable, fascinating, original, authentic, melodic tunes of Hollywood's Golden Age to our modern day's Big and Small Screen's Motion Pictures.
Istvan is a Hungarian music composer with a demonstrated experience and strong passion for writing, orchestrating and producing original, strong emotional, highly evocative, impactful and unforgettable music for motion picture, for best supporting his film director and content creator partners in their successful storytelling.
He is also an Academy Voting Member of the World Soundtrack Awards, actively working together in the Academy with Hollywood´s top-notch composers such as Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Howard James Newton, Gregson-Williams Rupert and many others in deciding who wins the Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Song written directly for a Film and Television Composer of the Year Awards by casting their votes in two rounds.
Istvan is known for his scores for movies such as the Awarding Winning American Family Revival(US, 2019), When To You Turn To God(HU, 2016), One Day of The Karoli Family(HU, 2018), Jungle(AT, 2019), 2023 (The Return of The King of Kings, Musical in pre-production)
Being also a cellist, István is handmading for his own film score recordings, various types of cello bow rosins, to further enhance and widen his sonic colour + mood palette. Currently he is also working in finishing the development of a string rosin called "Alfa & Omega" which intends to bring a high-quality and highly affordable bow rosin for both student and professionally trained musicians, covering the demand of the whole range of string players such as violinists, violist, cellist and bassists. The manufacturing of the "Alfa & Omega" rosin has just started in 2022.05.01 at his home in Hungary and the various rosin types are available on Istvan´s website.
Growing up amongst the vibrant and diverse music scene in Budapest, was an environment full of inspiration and stimulation for him. Explore his music world and get in touch with him if You need original unforgettable music, no matter if Your film project is small or big.
"SON OF SAUL" - Academy Award Winner WW II Movie
SCORE THE WORLD 2021 CONTEST ENTRY
DIRECTED BY László Nemes (2015, HU)
CREDITS: Film Scoring Contest Score Composer, Orchestrator, Music Producer for the End Scene of the World War II. movie
Score the World 2021 - Film score contest entry for the "Son of Saul" Academy Award Winner , World War II movie's end scene. Music composed by: Istvan J. Balazs This is a part from the movie Son of Saul. The soundtrack is produced by a contestant of Score The World Film Scoring Contest 2. and it's not part of the original movie. No other distribution/modification is allowed. Attributions and clear/explicit mention of visual copyright owners and visual creators have been made.
Original credits: Son of Saul
Director: László Nemes
Design: Tamás Zányi
All visuals: ©Laokoon Filmgroup
Contest provided by www.scoretheworld.com
MAIN TITLE Scene from the original movie
DIRECTED BY Mervyn LeRoy (1951, US)
CREDITS: MIDI Mockup Producer for the main title scene
QUO VADIS(1951) - "Main Title" Theme
I am so honoured to create the Digital Orchestration (MIDI Mockup) of QUO VADIS (1951) movie's Main Title Theme for "The Miklós Rózsa Society" to support their efforts in preserving the immensely rich and outstanding musical heritage of Miklós Rózsa, multiple Oscar winner Hungarian composer, one of the founding fathers of the Hollywood Golden Age Film Music.
The aim of the Digital Reconstruction (MIDI Mockup) was to preserve the legendary film music legacy of Miklós Rózsa, Hungarian Multi-Oscar Winner Hollywood Composer, known for his iconic/epic scores such as the "Spellbound", "Quo Vadis", "Ben-Hur", "The Thief of Bagdad", "El Cid" and many others.
Copyright notice: This is a digital reconstruction in form of a MIDI Mockup of the original motion picture Soundtrack's Main Title Theme and I do not own or pretend any copyright for this music.
DIRECTED BY Ben Wilson & Bryce Taylor (2019, US)
Ben Wilson & Bryce Taylor (US). Producer: Sean Brennon Director of Photography: Dennis Tague (US). Mixing Supervising Engineer: Thomas Szekely (UK). Starring actors: Doug Dow, Alec Franco, Christian Kyle Anderson. (The Movie was released in 2019 in the US.
“ The invention, which is so important in composition, cannot be taught.
...It is the scene that is what you have to express musically. I was lucky to have been connected with great films, really. How can you miss with Ben-Hur? ”
Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995), Hungarian-born triple Academy Award Winner Composer Spellbound (1945), A Double Life (1947), Ben-Hur (1959)
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