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Meet This Year's Commissioned Composers:


Michael Dean Parsons is a composer for media and the concert stage.

Most recently, he was nominated for a 2021 Primetime EMMY Award for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music alongside co-composer Kris Bowers for the massively popular Netflix/Shondaland series BRIDGERTON.

He has composed additional music for SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY, the upcoming film KING RICHARD, National Geographic’s HOSTILE PLANET, the Disney+ series MARVEL 616, and the Dreamworks animated short film BILBY. He also contributed synth/score programming to RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON and IT: CHAPTER TWO. Other noteworthy music team credits include NEWS OF THE WORLD, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and SHAZAM!

Recent works include the score to ONLY, starring Tony-winner Leslie Odom Jr and Freida Pinto, which made its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019 and during the summer of 2020 climbed Netflix US to be the #2 most-streamed film in the country, HOW TO BE ALONE starring Maika Monroe/Joe Keery (2019 SXSW), and SOULS OF TOTALITY starring Tatiana Maslany/Tom Cullen.

As a composer of contemporary classical music, his works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Virtuoso Singers, at venues including David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

Parsons is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Christopher Rouse. He currently works for 9-time Oscar nominated as well as Emmy and Grammy winning composer James Newton Howard



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Cem Güven is a composer from Turkey/Istanbul, who curently studies with Prof, John Corigliano at the Juilliard School in New York. He gratuated from Galileo Galilei Italian High School and he studied piano performance with Prof.Dr. Eser Bilgeman Şakir at the Istanbul University State Conservatory. He studied composition privately with Prof. Deniz Arat, who is in the faculty of  Mimar Sinan Conservatory. He was also the youngest opera singer of Turkey. He acted in the opera “ The Turn of The Screw” by Benjamin Britten, which was organized by Süreyya Stage. He attended several music festivals such as Gümüşlük Music Festival, where he studied with the pianist Gülsin Onay and the pianist/composer Fazıl Say, Interlochen Summer Music Festival where he studied composition with Dr. Robert Brownlow and Curtis Summerfest where is studied compositon again with Jonathan Holland, David Ludwig and Shinuh Lee. In 2018, Cem Güven became one of the featured composers for “C4 choir world premiers 2018”. In 2019, his piece “Rafflesia” for string orchestra won the 2nd prize in the competition “Musica per Archi” which got sponsored by Lviv Philarmonic Society in Ukraine. Rafflesia will be published by one of the most famous edition companies in Italy, which is the Aldebaran Editions. Also in 2019, Guven worked with the new opera company "Opera Elect", premiered his opera scene "The Shopper". He is also the composer for a Turkish movie, "Dijital Esaret", which will be in theaters and festivals in 2020.

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