DONALD SOSIN

“The top of the line of film pianists.”—Leonard Maltin

Donald Sosin is one of the world’s foremost silent film composers performing—often with his wife, singer Joanna Seaton—at major film festivals: Lincoln Center, Telluride, San Francisco, Seattle, Pordenone, Bologna, Moscow and Shanghai. Many of Sosin’s scores have been heard on TCM: Fritz Lang’s Spies (1928), Cecil B. De Mille’s King of Kings (1927), Yasujirō Ozu’s I Was Born But… (1930), the Chinese features The Goddess (1934) and The Peach Girl (1931), plus dozens of Sennett Arbuckle shorts. His music is featured on over 50 DVDs from the Criterion Collection, Flicker Alley, KinoLorber, Lobster Films and Milestone labels.

Sosin’s orchestral score for William Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes (1916) premiered on the Potemkin Steps at last year’s Odessa International Film Festival for an audience of 15,000. Other 2016 orchestral commissions/premieres include: Chaplin’s The Pawnshop (1916) and Keaton’s The High Sign (1921), and Ten Nights in a Bar Room (1931) for jazz ensemble. Other scores: Manhatta (1921) for orchestra, Harold Lloyd’s Now or Never (1921) for wind/brass octet, Richard III (1912) for voice, strings, brass and keyboards and Chaplin’s The Count (1916) for string quintet and piano.

A native of Rye, New York, Sosin studied piano from childhood and added synthesizer and organ along the way. He draws inspiration from a variety of styles from classical to jazz and world music. Donald and Joanna are experienced educators and enjoy leading silent film music workshops nationwide for all ages. They live in northwest Connecticut and have two children. oldmoviemusic.com

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