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The Presence of Absence

The Presence of Absence is a collection of 8 solo piano pieces, composed in an intimate style that blends classical forms with spontaneous improvisations. An introspective exploration of joy and beauty, letting go of the material self and becoming present in the moment.

FILM SCORES

ABOUT

Mario Grigorov is a Bulgarian-born film composer and pianist. A musical prodigy from the age of five, he became one of the youngest students ever admitted to the Sofia Conservatory. He went on to study music in Tehran, Vienna, Berlin, Sydney before the age of eighteen, becoming an accomplished pianist and improviser.

Mario has lived in the United States for 20 years, between New York and Los Angeles. Whilst there, in addition to composing for films, Mario was signed to Warner Brothers Records and extensively toured North America and Europe as a solo pianist, supporting icons such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Charlie Haden and Béla Fleck. Mario now resides in London.

In 2014 Mario met with Harry Potter director David Yates, and went on to co-wrote an original song with J.K. Rowling for Warner Brothers’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Some of his most recognisable film work comes from his long-standing collaboration with Academy Award-winning director Lee Daniels, scoring ShadowboxerTennessee, the Academy Award-winning Precious, and The Paperboy (starring Nicole Kidman). Other film scores include supernatural thriller, Beyond, starring Academy-award nominee Jon Voight, who went on to say “Mario is a master at his craft and delivered a score that elevated the movie to another level”. Acclaimed director Susan Seidelman said of Mario’s score for her dramatic romance, Musical Chairs, “Not only is he a brilliant composer and musician, but he is a great collaborative partner, always putting the artistic and emotional needs of the movie first without compromising his own vision”. 

Forays into television film work saw the creation of an eerie yet gorgeous score to Lifetime’s Original Movie series cult classic, Flowers in the Attic, based on the all-time best selling novel of the same name, and its sequel Petals on the Wind, starring Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn.

International scores include Patang by Indian director Prashant Bhargava, The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell by New Zealand director Brendan Donovan, Uruguayan director Leonardo Ricagni’s films 29 PalmsFeathers to the Sky and The Life Jacket Is Under Your Seat for which Mario was awarded Best Original Score at the Hamptons Film Festival.

Mario’s documentary credits include the Cannes festival favourite Third Wave: A Volunteer Story presented by Sean Penn, the Anna Halpern biographical film Breath Made Visible by filmmaker Ruedi Gerber, and the war documentary Taxi to the Darkside by Alex Gibney, which won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary. 

In addition to composing, Mario indulges in ambidextrous creative outlets such as his simultaneous two-handed symmetrical drawings. He has also developed an experimental type of keyboard playing known as Mirror Tones™, a creative interpretation of the fundamental structure of the piano keyboard.

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TEAM

Mario works with a team of versatile composers and producers who offer their unique talents and skills to each project.

Steven Schwalbe


Composer

Steven Schwalbe started studying composition at the University of Art in Bremen under the supervision of Younghi Pagh-Paan and Günter Steinke. He then followed his passion for film music by moving to Ludwigsburg to complete his degree (Diploma) in film music and sound design at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg.

Steven Schwalbe's working career started as a composer for Audioforce Ltd. in Berlin. Since 2011, he has been working as a freelancing composer for several German and international TV and cinema productions. His scores in the thriller and horror genre, with their visionary mixture of orchestra and synthetic sounds, are especially exciting and spectacular. Besides his creative musical productions, Steven Schwalbe manages the Nine O’Clock Music GbR and Q GbR in Berlin.

Dani Howard
Composer

Dani Howard is a British composer and orchestrator who is quickly gaining international recognition with regular performances across Europe, the US and Asia. She received her Royal Albert Hall Debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018, and has recently had works performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Southbank Sinfonia, Multi-Story Orchestra among others.

She graduated in from the Royal College of Music as a Rose Williams Scholar, where she received a first class BMus Honours Degree in Composition. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is interested in collaborating with artists of various disciplines, she has worked with dancers, artists, film-makers and architects on a variety of projects.

Johnny Stanley


Composer

After graduating from SAE Institute London with a specialisation in post-production and composition for screen, Johnny Stanley immediately began a film composing career working and collaborating with Mario Grigorov on scores for many international film and television projects. These include upcoming features Line of Descent and The Dare, which demonstrate his talent both as a synth programmer and orchestral arranger.

Johnny Stanley’s first solo score for comedy feature film Liars and Cheats directed by Jacob Migicovsky is due for release in 2019, utilising his background as a jazz drummer to create a unique percussive underscore.

Marius Borjans
Composer

Marius Borjans studied MediaMusic at the ArtEZ University of Arts in Enschede, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. As a multi-instrumentalist and an enthusiast for a wide array of musical genres, his studies in Enschede developed and refined his versatility as a composer and songwriter.

Since 2015 he has been putting this versatility to use at Nine O’Clock Music in Berlin, writing and producing music for advertising, as well as numerous TV and cinema productions. His work stands out due to a genuine enthusiasm for crafting unique soundscapes that can range from soft underscoring to bold musical statements - always in service of the bigger picture.

Management

Los Angeles

Tarik Heitmann

Heitmann Entertainment

info@heitmannent.com

Tel. +1(310) 699-0520

Agent

London

Cool Music

Darrell Alexander
darrell@coolmusicltd.com

Christopher Gutch
christopher@coolmusicltd.com

Tel. +44 (0)20 8995 7766

General Inquiries

hello@mariogrigorov.com

 

Photos by Antje Taiga Jandrig

Site designed by Johnny Stanley