Sharon Farber (left) accepts her Emerging Composer award from SCL President Ashley Irwin.
Composer Sharon Farber, originally from Israel, has received critical acclaim as a composer in the concert world as well as that of Film and TV. She brings to her music influences from her Middle Eastern heritage as well as her extensive knowledge of Classical and Western music.
Sharon began her musical career at the age of seven, as a classical pianist. After graduating from Thelma-Yelin High School for the Arts, she served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and later worked as a theater composer and musical director in Israel. She won the first prize in Colors in Dance in 1992 for her music for choreography. In 1994, she moved to Boston upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College Of Music. During her studies, she won the first prize in the yearly Professional Writing Division Concert with her first string quartet. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1997 (majoring in both Classical Composition and Film Scoring) she moved to Los Angeles to begin her professional career. Ms. Farber was the recipient of the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship in Film Scoring, as well as the Mentorship program of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, on which she served as a board member for ten years.
Ms. Farber has been writing concert and choir music in parallel to her film-scoring career, and has many national and international premiers and performances to her credit. To name a few: The Third Mother/ Mothers’ Lament, which was world premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, ASHKINA, for mixed choir, chamber ensemble and Ethnic Instruments which has been performed many times, Translucent Rocks, commissioned and premiered by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Chorale works, song cycles, and many more. Commissions include the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, Orange County Women’s Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Symphony Orchestra, The International String Quartet of Yucatan and iPalpiti Artists International. Recently two outstanding sopranos released CDs with Sharon’s music (GRAMMY Award winner Hila Plitmann and Sharon Rostorf Zamir, who was nominated for a GRAMMY for her performance on that CD), and she is the Composer In Residence of the Beverly Hills International Music Festival. She has recently been commissioned by The Glendale Philharmonic to composer a new Cello concerto to be premiered January 5th 2013 and The Israeli Chamber Orchestra will perform her Fantasy for Orchestra on January 14th, 15th and 16th, 2014.
In the film/TV world, Ms. Farber, has been working with such companies as NBC, CBS, Showtime and WB as well as writing music for features films. She won the Telly Award for best score for California 2000 and her orchestral score for the film When Nietzsche Wept was released commercially. She has recently completed the score for the feature THE DOVE FLYER (director Nisim Dayan) and HONOR DIARIES (director Micah Smith) and is gearing up to score BUDDHA EYES (Director Joshua Caldwell, producer Aaron Millar) ROMAN'S TABLE for writer/producer T. Raphael Cimino, BODY AND SOUL (director Floria Greenfield) and other feature films, including a seven film series for Ancient Entertianment. She has recently completed a new orchestral CD, OCEANS, commissioned by WEST ONE Music Library in the UK.