C O M P O S E R
Chris Piorkowski is an award-winning composer, artist, and educator. Completing his graduate studies with a major in Music Composition for Film and Multimedia, Chris holds the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) terminal degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
As a performer, pianist, and composer, Chris participated in a music performance for Pope John Paul II, performing a solo piano concert at “Palais des Congrès de Paris” in Paris, France with over three thousand visitors present. He has also accompanied several notable opera and musical singers including Melissa Swift-Sawyer, Anne Demougin, and Lisa Fairmont. In 1999 Chris was selected, because of his outstanding achievement in composition and arrangement, to score, produce and arrange the Theme Song of The Boxing World Cup in Helsinki. In addition to his many composition projects, he was chosen as an orchestrator, composer, arranger and audio engineer for German Pop star and recording artist Guildo Horn (Eurovision Song Contest 89’).
At age twelve, he received a Diploma in Harmony from Music Conservatory. He studied Symphonic Orchestra Conducting with Joe Herter and later Orchestration with Steven Scott Smalley. Chris Piorkowski received a Diploma in Sound Engineering and Music Production from Audio Institute of America in San Francisco. He also received a Diploma in Media Composition from Music for The Media in London. He studied Jazz Piano with Walter Norris and Jazz Harmony with Sigi Bush at Music University Berlin (HDK). In 1996 he received a Scholarship from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he later studied Film Scoring and Orchestration. He continued his education at the University of Newcastle Australia – Music Technology Master Program.
Chris Piorkowski worked on countless projects at the legendary Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, CA (now recording studio hall of fame). He scored over 50 Feature and Short Films as well as many TV commercials. He’s music appears on ShowTime, PBS, and other network television. Among many other film trailers and multimedia projects, he composed music for Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek creator company).
“In his works, Chris manages to combine the classical canons of writing music with a modern, commercial sound - that is, one that can appeal to most listeners, not just sophisticated connoisseurs (although they considered the album extremely gifted).
In short, if you like classic music and you have been looking for something new and good from the neo-classics, the Piano CD by Chris Piorkowski will be a real boon...."
Chris composed a new score for my short film and I can't recommend him more highly. He has an amazing set-up in his studio where it seems like he can do virtually anything you'd want a composer to do. He's extremely familiar with his equipment and in our first meeting was able to quickly show me lots of impressive things he can use it for. He knows music, knows film and loves both. He's also interested in the people he works with. And perhaps that's the best thing I can say about Chris: In addition to his superb work on the score, he was great to spend time with. When you're in a studio for a long time fiddling with levels, instruments, etc, you don't just want someone as talented as Chris, but someone as personable. He is warm and hospitable in addition to being a professional and talented musician and composer. Do yourself a favor and spend time working with him and taking advantage of all he will bring to your project - no matter how big or how small!
Jesse Bernstein -Film Producer/Director
While I was a student at Westwood, I had to do my final senior game project. Knowing the importance of having good music I asked Chris to help me out with some music composition. All I can say is that it rocked! I gave him two short clips of music that represented the style and feel that I wanted for different pieces. He delivered the music with the right feel and more on time! He is easy to work with and has a passion for what he does. Everything he does is excellent. I also know him and his wife on a more personal level and count him as a great friend to have. He works hard, loves his wife, and is enjoyable to be around"
Chris Corliss-Software Engineer 3 at Electronic Arts
Chris was a musical miracle-worker on a 60-second PSA we did for the LA Fire Dept's Community Emergency Response Team. His music totally supports the story-telling--and he is wonderful to work with. Highly recommended.
Jens Kohler Producer/ Kohler Schwartz Productions, LLC
Chris Piorkowski is an amazingly talented composer. He is highly creative, takes time to understand the producer's and director's needs, and is a great communicator. He is 100% committed to delivering above and beyond expectations. I give him the highest recommendation, and will hire him again and again.
Erich Toll -Writer/Director
Chris Piorkowski's music is fresh and exciting with the right drama for the moment.
Milton Nelson-Los Angeles Film & TV Composer & Orchestrator
I recently directed an hour long film called "Glory, God, and God"for TBN. Chris did a great job composing the score. He provided the right feel and emotion throughout the film and was a pleasure to work with.
Miles Hanon- Written and Director at Story Front Inc.
Chris is an exceptional music composer as he brings such much to the scoring process that the end result, commercial or narrative, is a much better product soundwise. Chris also provides audio solutions and supervision on many different levels, from creative to technical, and is an invaluable resource for any post-production process when engaged with a larger team.
Michael M. Conti-Writer/ Producer & Director
I had the pleasure of working with Chris on two feature films, I wrote and directed. In my opinion, Chris is one of the most talented, kind and passionate composers in the industry. Having worked in the U.S. and Europe, Chris brings to the table a unique blend of artistic and commercial sensitivity.
He's a hard worker and will not stop until the music is absolutely perfect. He's very detailed, goes above and beyond and always meets deadlines. Great person to have on your team. Also, his European training and influence gives him a unique edge.
I'm a big fan. I actually bought his entire album on iTunes and love listening to his music.
Luciano Saber-Producer, Director & Writer (Film /TV)