Warming up for Abel Korzeniowski who will be receiving ELMER BERNSTEIN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO FILM MUSIC at the International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain (July 20–27).

The tenth edition of the International Film Music Festival ‘Province of Cordoba’, to be held from 20 to 27 July, is just around the corner. After introducing the details of the activities planned for this year, is announcing the winners of an award that started last year and will complement the Jerry Goldsmith Awards and Goldspirits Awards. This is the ‘II Elmer Bernstein Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Film Music’, with which it pays homage to one of the most important composers in the history of cinema, author of soundtracks like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ ‘The Ten Commandments’ or ‘The Magnificent Seven’.

The winners for this year are composers Abel Korzeniowski and Rolfe Kent, for outstanding contributions to the art of film music, current issues and pieces that show his immense talent for soundtracks. Korzeniowski is a Polish film and theater composer who after participating in film productions of his country moved to Los Angeles, where he composed the soundtrack to several American films, including ‘Battle for Terra’, the latest film version of ‘Romeo and Julieta ‘(for which he has been nominated for several applications from Goldspirits Awards),’ A Single Man ‘and’ WE ‘(directed by Madonna). For the last two was nominated for the Golden Globes is also their music ‘Penny Dreadful’ series whose first two episodes directed the Spanish Juan Antonio Bayona.

Meanwhile, Rolfe Kent has composed music for more than fifty films, including ‘Up in the air’ (nominated for an Oscar), Sideways (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), ‘A About Schmidt “or” Legally Blonde “and its sequel. In the area of ​​television series, Kent was the creator of the main theme of the hit series ‘Dexter’ (Emmy nominee).

Elmer Bernstein Awards

This award was created to reward the outstanding talent of a composer for his contribution to the art of film music today as was Elmer Bernstein. The inauguration of this award took place in the second edition of the International Film Music Festival ‘Province of Cordoba’, a spectacular concert prolific composer Marco Beltrami, who was the first composer recognized with this award.

Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) was one of the most influential and respected Hollywood composers over five decades. He is credited with being one of the most innovative composers of the generation ‘young’ composing for films in the 50s and 60s, bringing a patent to the traditional jazz sound of film music. Wrote music for hundreds of films and television series, always with the stamp of his unique personal style and won an Oscar for his work on ‘Millie, a modern girl’. Among his best known works are ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Airplane’, ‘Wild, Wild West’, ‘Animal House’, ‘Trading Places Game’ ‘The Magnificent Seven’, ‘Full Throttle’ and ‘An American man in London’.


Korzeniowski will be there conducting music for Penny Dreadful, Romeo & Juliet, Escape from Tomorrow, W.E and A Single Man.
Here’s what you can hear live in Cordoba:

Demimonde (Main Title)
Closer Than Sisters
Welcome to the Grand Guignol

The Grand Finale

Forbidden Love


Stillness of the Mind



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