Panu Aaltio is a young composer who, in a relatively short time period, has established himself amongst his peers and film music collectors and critics as a music-smith of considerable talent and worth. His music for film and television and even games is infectious, emotive and original. One of his scores for a feature length documentary was recently issued on CD by the ever industrious record label Movie Score Media. METSAN TARINA or TALE OF A FOREST is a delightful work, containing so many themes, that it is hard to believe all of this comes from just one movie. The composer has created a sweeping score that gets straight to the listeners’ emotions; its poignant and delicate themes are haunting and refreshing with effective use made of solo piano and strings. Woodwind is in abundance as we hear plaintive, mischievous and intricate tone poems that seem to skip, hop and run Continue reading Metsän Tarina
At the age of 30, Panu Aaltio is already an in-demand composer and music producer having worked on projects in his native Finland, many other European countries and in the United States. He has composed music for popular feature films, video games and primetime TV series. A classically trained cellist since the age of 6, as well as an electronic music enthusiast for just as long, his music embodies a unique and fresh mix of contemporary and tradition. Right after finishing high school, Panu went on to study music technology as well as classical composition in Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
In 2005 Panu moved to Los Angeles to study film music at University of Southern California. Upon graduating, he received the Harry Warren Scholarship for Excellence in Film Scoring. Recent films include THE HOME OF DARK BUTTERFLIES, for which Panu received a Best Music nomination at the Jussi Awards in2009, and the horror film SAUNA, released by IFC Entertainment in the United States. He also scored the newly released video game Apache: Air Assault, published by Activision. Continue reading Panu Aaltio