Deutsche Grammophon Signs Emmy-Winning Pianist & Composer Dustin O'Halloran

Dustin O'Halloran
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Dustin O'Halloran

Dustin O’Halloran, a pianist and composer known for his film scores, has signed with Deutsche Grammophon, the German classical music label that is part of Universal Music Group.

The signing comes as O’Halloran, 47, is due to release a new EP, SUNDOOR, on Nov. 8, and a new studio album next year, his first since 2011’s Lumiere, said a UMG spokesperson.

The Phoenix-born O’Halloran, who began his career as a member of the indie rock band D?vics, later became known for his music for such films as Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, Drake Doremus’ 2011 Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the 2014 Indian drama Umrika, which won the Audience Award at Sundance.

More recently, he won an Emmy Award for the Amazon show Transparent (2015). His soundtrack for Garth Davis’s film Lion (2016) -- composed with Volker Bertelmann, aka Hauschka -- earned him multiple award nominations, among them for an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice prize.

The composer also drew attention for the use of his 2011 track “We Move Lightly” in last year’s moving Nike ad featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

SUNDOOR will feature a single 20-minute piece entitled “196 Hz,” which was adapted from a 2017 composition for cross-disciplinary American artist Slater Bradley’s Sundoor at World’s End -- an installation at the Church of Mary Magdalene in Venice, Italy, during the Venice Biennale.

O’Halloran, who splits time between Los Angeles and Reykjavík, Iceland, also forms part of renowned ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen alongside Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid). He’s released two albums as part of the duo: 2011’s eponymous collection and Atomos (2014), as well as the soundtrack album for Jalil Lespert’s French thriller In the Shadow of Iris (2016).

In a statement, Clemens Trautmann, president of Deutsche Grammophon, called O’Halloran “a truly original compositional voice,” which “holds true for his mesmerizing works for piano and for strings, and for the intricate soundtrack scores that reveal his ability to enhance a narrative.”

Deutsche Grammophon, the precursor of PolyGram, is headquartered in Berlin.


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