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Film and game composer Penka Kouneva has been called "an artist of uncommon passion" and her music has received national press as "exquisite" (NPR), "music of deepest beauty", "fantastic" (Billboard). Penka is known for the iconic video games Prince of Persia and Transformers, the breakout features of Chloe Moretz (The Third Nail) and Josh Duhamel... See full bio »

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Devil's Whisper Composer
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Ender's Game
Ender's Game Music Department


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 2018 The Bombing (supervising orchestrator) (post-production)
 2017 Surge of Power: Big City Chronicles (TV Series) (opening and closing music - 16 episodes)
- Surge Meets Paul McGann (2017) ... (opening and closing music)
- Sizzle Reel - Reactions to Sequel (2017) ... (opening and closing music)
- Surge Meets Jack Coleman (2017) ... (opening and closing music)
- The Fox News Interview (2017) ... (opening and closing music)
- Surge Meets Walter Jones (2017) ... (opening and closing music)
 2016 Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel (composer: additional music)
 2016 World of Warcraft: Legion (Video Game) (arranger & orchestrator)
 2016 In Search of the American Dream (composed by)
 2016 Overwatch (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2015/X Hope (Short) (musical director)
 2015 Freaks of Nature (lead orchestrator)
 2015 Little Boy (lead orchestrator)
 2014 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor (Short) (orchestrator)
 2014 Need for Speed (lead orchestrator)
 2013 Ender's Game (lead orchestrator)
 2013/I Elysium (orchestrator)
 2013 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (orchestrator - as Dr. Penka Kouneva)
 2011-2012 Revenge (TV Series) (lead orchestrator - 27 episodes)
- Forgiveness (2012) ... (lead orchestrator - uncredited)
- Intuition (2012) ... (lead orchestrator - uncredited)
- Confidence (2012) ... (lead orchestrator - uncredited)
- Resurrection (2012) ... (lead orchestrator)
- Destiny (2012) ... (lead orchestrator)
 2011-2012 Ancient Aliens (TV Series documentary) (composer - 3 episodes)
- Aliens and Dinosaurs (2012) ... (composer: additional music)
- Aliens and the Founding Fathers (2011) ... (composer: additional music)
- Aliens and Sacred Places (2011) ... (composer: additional music)
 2012 America's Book of Secrets (TV Series documentary) (composer - 4 episodes)
- West Point (2012) ... (composer: additional music)
- The FBI (2012) ... (composer: additional music)
- Fort Knox (2012) ... (composer: additional music)
- The White House (2012) ... (composer: additional music)
 2012 Act of Valor (orchestrator)
 2011 Kinect Disneyland Adventures (Video Game) (music orchestrator: Pyramind Studios)
 2011 Gears of War 3 (Video Game) (lead orchestrator)
 2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (orchestrator)
 2011 Your Highness (orchestrator)
 2011 Dragon Age II (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2011 Rejouer (music supervisor)
 2010 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2010 StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2010 The Shot Felt 'Round the World (Documentary) (orchestrator)
 2009 Under New Management (lead orchestrator)
 2009 The Hole (orchestrator)
 2009/I 9 (lead orchestrator)
 2009 Case 39 (orchestrator)
 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Video Game) (composer: additional music)
 2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (orchestrator)
 2009 The Sims 3 (Video Game) (lead orchestrator)
 2009 Angels & Demons (orchestrator)
 2009 Saving Grace B. Jones (orchestrator)
 2009 The Haunting (lead orchestrator)
 2009 He's Just Not That Into You (orchestrator)
 2009/I Thick as Thieves (music preparation)
 2008 Gears of War 2 (Video Game) (lead orchestrator)
 2007 Bee Movie (orchestrator - uncredited)
 2007 When Nietzsche Wept (lead orchestrator)
 2007 Transformers: The Game (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2007 Transformers (orchestrator)
 2007 Hostel: Part II (orchestrator)
 2006 La hora fría (copyist)
 2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (lead orchestrator)
 2006 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (orchestrator)
 2006 Shadow: Dead Riot (music: additional trailer)
 2005 Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (Video) (lead orchestrator - as Penka Kouneva-Schweiger)
 2005 Hostel (orchestrations)
 2005 The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (additional orchestrator) / (score preparation)
 2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (lead orchestrator)
 2005 Chupacabra Terror (Video) (orchestration)
 2004 Ring of the Nibelungs (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 2004 Sexual Life (music preparation)
 2003 The Matrix Revolutions (score preparation)
 2003 Beat the Drum (lead orchestrator)
 2003 Once Upon a Time in Mexico (orchestrator)
 2003 The Matrix Reloaded (additional orchestrator - uncredited)
 2003 The Lizzie McGuire Movie (orchestrator)
 2001 An American Rhapsody (additional orchestrator) / (music preparation)
 2001 Blonde (TV Mini-Series) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 2000 Yesterday's Children (TV Movie) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 2000 Harrison's Flowers (orchestrator)
 2000 The Thin Blue Lie (TV Movie) (lead orchestrator)
 1999 Angel on Abbey Street (music copyist)
 1999 Jesus (TV Movie) (lead orchestrator)
 1999 Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story (TV Movie) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1999 A Song from the Heart (TV Movie) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1999 Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 1999 A Murder on Shadow Mountain (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 1999 Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
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Other Works:

: Composed a musical, "Steel: John Henry and the Shaker" (Inside the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, USA).

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Alternate Names:

Dr. Penka Kouneva | Penka Kouneva-Schweiger | Penka Kouneva Schweiger

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First woman Lead Orchestrator since Shirley Walker on studio blockbusters (Elysium, Ender's Game, Need for Speed, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows). See more »

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