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Ilan Eshkeri: Bio

Ilan Eshkeri is an award winning British composer whose work uses multiple disciplines in various fields of art. Composer, songwriter, producer and conductor, Eshkeri's work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries and on film & television; his eclectic body of work is linked by his love of narrative.

His diverse portfolio is appealing to creative people from all walks of life, allowing him to work on a multitude of different projects. This year Ilan has co-created two ballets; ‘Symbiosis' with acclaimed choreographer Andonis Foniadakis for the Rambert Dance Company and ‘Narcissus and Echo', choreographed by famed dancer Sergei Polunin with set designs by photographer David LaChapelle. Eshkeri was also commissioned by Burberry for their game-changing autumn 2016 fashion show in London, where he conducted his choral symphonic suite Reliquary, which subsequently reached no. 1 in the classical chart. Before this he created music for British astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission to the International Space Station.

Eshkeri has collaborated with Annie Lennox on a live orchestral show of her songs, David Gilmour on his solo record ‘On an Island', written a song for Sinead O'Connor, and worked with other rock bands and pop stars including KT Tunstall, Tom Odell, Ash and The Cinematic Orchestra, as well as avant-garde electronic artist Amon Tobin re-composing the electronic music for symphony orchestra, performed to a sold out Royal Albert Hall. Eshkeri composed a symphonic tone poem about a Korean artist for the Louvre in Paris, and conducted the work to projected visuals of the art to thousands in the gardens of the Louvre. He has collaborated with infamous British art duo Jake & Dinos Chapman, legendary naturalist David Attenborough, and fashion brands, dancers and astronauts.

Amongst his extensive catalogue of film & television are multiple Oscar & BAFTA winning films such as Still Alice, The Young Victoria and Shaun The Sheep. Eshkeri has been nominated for an Ivor Novello, as well as nominated for a BAFTA for The Snowman & The Snowdog, where he cowrote the hit ‘Light The Night'.

Eshkeri is signed to Globe, a division of Universal Records.

1 Eshkeri: Trans-Siberian Express  
2 Eshkeri: Paris  
3 Krein: Laurencia - Pas de six: 10. Wedding Dance  
4 Eshkeri: La Sainte-Chapelle  
5 Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH. 12 - Pas de trois: 2. Andante sostenuto  
6 Eshkeri: Ufa  
7 Minkus: La Bayadere - 46. Third Shade Variation  
8 Eshkeri: Leningrad  
9 Eshkeri: Nureyev  
10 Minkus: La Bayadere - 32. Solor Variation  
11 Eshkeri: The Prodigal Son  
12 Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH. 12 - Pas de deux: 4. Coda  
13 Eshkeri: Le Bourget  
14 Traditional: Bashkirian Folk Dance  
15 Tchaikovsky: The White Crow  
Official Trailer
Ilan Eshkeri on scoring The White Crow, dealing with Tchaikovsky, Ralph Fiennes at London premiere
UK Premiere: The White Crow (The Fan Carpet)
Ralph Fiennes and Oleg Ivenko
Ilan Eshkeri Interview@Premiere

Half-hearted concessions to freedom of expression were not enough to hold Rudolf Nureyev in the Soviet Union. The young dancer, a superstar soloist of the Kirov Ballet, caused an international sensation when he became the first Soviet artist to defect to the West during the Cold War. The White Crow, a new film directed by Ralph Fiennes, charts Nureyev's journey from childhood poverty in Siberia and meteoric rise as a principal dancer to the decisive moment of his defection in June 1961 at Le Bourget airport in Paris. The story's personal and political drama surges through Sir David Hare's screenplay and is intensified by the austere beauty of Ilan Eshkeri's original score. Deutsche Grammophon is set to release the soundtrack album on 22 March 2019 to coincide with the movie's international release.