Female Film Composers

by sofiawilson | created - 15 Jun 2017 | updated - 15 Jun 2017 | Public

A list of women composers for film, tv, and multimedia. As of 2015 only 2% of top grossing films were scored by women. Here's a list of women whose music can break that barrier.

1. Rachel Portman

Composer | Never Let Me Go

Rachel Portman was born on December 11, 1960 in Haslemere, Surrey, England as Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman. She is known for her work on Never Let Me Go (2010), Emma (1996) and Chocolat (2000). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children.

2. Laura Karpman

Composer | Underground

Four-time Emmy winning composer and composer of the Grammy-winning album Ask Your Mama, Laura Karpman maintains a vibrant career in film, television, video-game and concert music. Her distinguished credits include the series Underground, in collaboration with Raphael Saadiq and John Legend, Step, a...

3. Miriam Cutler

Soundtrack | Arlington Road

Emmy nominated Composer, Miriam Cutler has an extensive background in scoring for independent film & TV projects, as well as two circuses. In June, 2013, Miriam was chosen by her peers to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a member of the Documentary Branch. In 2014 she was ...

4. Deborah Lurie

Composer | Dear John

Deborah Lurie was born on March 9, 1974 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Deborah Ruth Lurie. She is known for her work on Dear John (2010), Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Footloose (2011).

5. Lolita Ritmanis

Composer | Batman: The Killing Joke

Lolita Ritmanis is a 10-time Emmy Award-nominated composer, having won this award in 2002 for her work on Batman Beyond. Lolita's concert works, as well as four original musicals have been performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Taiwan and Australia. Her music has been performed at Carnegie ...

6. Julia Newmann

Music_department | I Am Legend

Julia is scoring her 8th season of Fox's hit TV series, "Bones" with 3 time Emmy award winning composer, Sean Callery. ASCAP honored Julia with three Film and TV Music Awards for her musical contribution to "Bones" in 2012, 2013, and 2014. The "Bones" score was also nominated for Best Primetime ...

7. Kathryn Bostic

Composer | Clemency

Composer and singer/songwriter Kathryn Bostic is known for her work on film, TV and theater. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Television Academy. Kathryn is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the prestigious Time Warner-Sundance ...

8. Catherine Joy

Music_department | Wild Wild Country

With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She recently won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls, and in 2014 won the Independent Music Vox Pop Award for her soundtrack for the film All Things ...

9. Dara Taylor

Music_department | Baywatch

Dara Taylor is an HMMA-Nominated composer for film and multimedia based in Los Angeles. She has composed music for a wide variety of genres from Indie comedies, dramas, and thrillers, to the Lifetime reality series Child Genius, and has also worked in the music department for large studio ...

10. Nami Melumad

Composer | Absentia

Nami Melumad is an Israeli composer, based in Hollywood, CA. Her credits include over 130 films and tv series, most notably Absentia (2017) with Stana Katic (Season 2, Amazon, AXN Networks), Senior Love Triangle (exec. producer Baron Davis), Miss Arizona (2018) (Side-Gig Productions) with Johanna ...

11. Ronit Kirchman

Composer | The Sinner

RONIT KIRCHMAN is a composer, music producer, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. She creates music for film and television, theater and dance, multimedia installations, and the concert stage. She performs internationally and is also an accomplished visual artist and author.

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12. Anne Kathrin Dern

Music_department | Ballerina

Anne-Kathrin Dern (born July 30, 1987) is a German film composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to "The Jade Pendant" (2017), " Lilly's Bewitched Christmas" (2017), and "Help I Shrunk My Parents" (2018), as well as...

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