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Penka Kouneva

Film & game composer of "exquisite talent" (Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands game co-composed with Steve Jablonsky), Penka has worked for 15 years in Los Angeles on titles grossing $15 billion world-wide. Her own music is a blend of her Eastern-European upbringing, classical training, modern film & game music, and influences ranging from rock, ... See full bio »

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 2016 Victrix (musical director) (pre-production)
 2015/X Hope (Short) (musical director)
 2015 Freaks of Nature (lead orchestrator)
 2015 Little Boy (lead orchestrator)
 2014 Need for Speed (lead orchestrator)
 2013 Ender's Game (lead orchestrator)
 2013/I Elysium (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)
 2012 Act of Valor (orchestrator)
 2012 In Search of the American Dream (composed by)
 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)
 2008 Vantage Point (orchestrator - uncredited)
 2007 Bee Movie (orchestrator)
 2007 When Nietzsche Wept (lead orchestrator)
 2007 Transformers: The Game (Video Game) (orchestrator)
 2007 Transformers (orchestrator)
 2007 Hostel: Part II (lead orchestrator)
 2006 The Dark Hour (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 (lead orchestrator)
 2005/I The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (additional orchestrator) / (score preparation)
 2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (lead orchestrator)
 2005 Sexual Life (music preparation)
 2005 Chupacabra Terror (Video) (orchestration)
 2004 Curse of the Ring (TV Movie) (orchestrator)
 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 Switching Goals (TV Movie) (orchestrator - uncredited)
 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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Was described as "one to watch" by film music composer Howard Shore, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in August 2002.

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