Pinar Toprak is a Turkish–American composer of film scores. Her scores have won two International Film Music Critics Association Awards: one in 2010 for the film The Lightkeepers and a second in 2011 for the documentary The Wind Gods. Her win for The Lightkeepers made her the first woman to win an IFMCA Award.
Pinar was born in Istanbul and studied violin, voice, classical guitar, and composition at the Istanbul State Conservatory. In 1997, Pinar moved to Chicago and studied piano and jazz theory with many master jazz pianists. Later, she studied at Berklee College of Music and received a bachelor’s degree in film scoring. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked at Media Ventures (now known as Remote Control Productions) under the composer Hans Zimmer.
Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter criticized her score for the 2011 film The River Murders as "dreary", saying it was "capsized by a depressing violin leitmotif [which] screeches away with such a dispiriting voice that the one would think this was an early Ingmar Bergman film." However, in a 2014 review of the score's CD release, Daniel Schweiger called it "richly melodic" and said that Toprak "invests the score with one gorgeously tormented cue after the other. Mournful solos for the cello (played with haunting beauty by Tina Guo) and the piano are complemented by a superbly sampled orchestra."
- Geostorm (2016)
- Restos (2012)
- The River Murders (2011)
- The Wind Gods (2011)
- Last Will (2011)
- Girls! Girls! Girls! (2011)
- How to Have a Happy Marriage (2011)
- Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (2010) (TV movie)
- Mongolian Death Worm (2010) (TV movie)
- The Lightkeepers (2009)
- Breaking Point (2009)
- The Crimson Mask (2009)
- Wyvern (2009) (TV movie)
- Pregnant in America (2008) (documentary)
- Ba'al (2008) (TV movie)
- Light of Olympia (2008)
- Ogre (2008) (TV movie)
- Ocean of Pearls (2008)
- Beyond Loch Ness (2008) (TV movie)
- Say It in Russian (2007)
- In the Name of the Son (2007)
- Fall Down Dead (2007)
- Sinner (2007)
- Daydreamer (2007)
- Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil (2006)
- When All Else Fails (2005)
- Headbreaker (2004)
- Hold The Rice (2004)
- "Pinar Toprak receives her IFMCA Award for The Lightkeepers". International Film Music Critics Association. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- "Pinar Toprak receives IFMCA Award for The Wind Gods". International Film Music Critics Association. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- John Mansell (2011). "An Interview with Pinar Toprak". Soundtrack. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- Duane Byrge (17 May 2011). "The River Sorrow: Cannes 2011 Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- Daniel Schweiger (14 August 2014). "CD Review: THE RIVER MURDERS soundtrack". Assignment X. Retrieved 3 September 2014.