Dustin O'Halloran

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Dustin O'Halloran
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Background information
Born (1971-09-08) September 8, 1971 (age 48)
Phoenix, Arizona
OriginLos Angeles, California
Occupation(s)Pianist, composer[1]
Years active1994–present
Associated acts
Websitedustinohalloran.com Edit this at Wikidata

Dustin J. O'Halloran (born September 8, 1971)[2] is an American pianist and composer. O'Halloran composes scores for film and TV, and forms half of the collaboration A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

Early life[edit]

O'Halloran was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and spent most of his childhood in Hawaii and Los Angeles. While studying art at Santa Monica College, he met singer Sara Lov, with whom he founded indie rock band Dévics in 1998. When the group signed with Bella Union in 2001, they relocated to Romagna, Italy, where O'Halloran lived for seven years.


Solo work[edit]

In 2004, O'Halloran released his first record as a solo artist, Piano Solos. He has since released three more solo records, the latest of which is Lumiere (2011), which featured contributions by Peter Broderick and Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), and was mixed by Jóhann Jóhannsson.[3]

A Winged Victory For The Sullen[edit]

With A Winged Victory for the Sullen, his collaboration with Adam Wiltzie, O'Halloran has released two albums, A Winged Victory for the Sullen (2011) and Atomos (2014). The latter is also the original score for the identically titled dance piece by choreographer Wayne McGregor and his company Wayne McGregor Random Dance.[4][5]

In 2015, they were invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms.[6] The duo scored their first film together in 2016, entitled In the Shadow of Iris by French director Jalil Lespert.

Film score works[edit]

Since the release of Piano Solos Volumes 1 and 2 in 2004 and 2006, O'Halloran has gone on to score a number of films and TV shows. These include Sofia Coppola's 2006 film Marie Antoinette, and Drake DoremusLike Crazy (2011), which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

In 2014, O’Halloran worked on Indian drama Umrika, which won the Audience Award at Sundance, and gave him his first opportunity to compose for a full string orchestra.

In the same year he was also asked to provide the music for Transparent, the acclaimed TV series created by Jill Soloway for Amazon Studios.[7] O'Halloran was awarded the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for his original theme for Transparent in 2015.[8]

In 2016, O’Halloran collaborated with Hauschka on the score for the Oscar-nominated film Lion.[9] The score of the film was nominated for many major awards including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Critics’ Choice Awards.


Solo albums[edit]

Year Album Label Credits
2004 Piano Solos Splinter Writer, producer
2006 Piano Solos Vol. 2 Filter/Splinter Writer, producer
2010 Vorleben Sonic Pieces Writer, producer
2011 Lumiere Fat Cat Writer, producer
2017 3 Movements (EP) 1631 Recordings Writer, producer

Soundtrack albums[edit]

  • Puzzle (Sony Music, 2018)
  • Save Me (Sky, 2018)
  • Lion (Sony Music, 2016) (with Hauschka)[10][11]
  • Iris (Erased Tapes, 2016) (as A Winged Victory For The Sullen)
  • Umrika (Splinter, 2015)
  • Breathe In (Milan Records, 2013)
  • The Beauty Inside (Splinter, 2013)
  • Like Crazy (Relativity Music, 2012)
  • Now Is Good (Polydor, 2012)
  • An American Affair (Splinter, 2009)

With Devics[edit]

  • If You Forget Me (Bella Union, 1998 — writer, co-producer)
  • My Beautiful Sinking Ship (Bella Union, 2001 — writer, co-producer)
  • The Stars at St. Andrea (Bella Union, 2003 — writer, producer)
  • Push the Heart (Filter, 2006 — writer, producer)

With A Winged Victory for the Sullen[edit]

Other collaborations[edit]


Year Title Director Credits Notes
2019 The Art of Racing in the Rain Simon Curtis Composer with Volker Bertelmann
2018 The Hate U Give George Tillman Jr. Composer
2018 Puzzle Marc Turtletaub Composer
2018 Save Me Nick Murphy Composer with Bryan Senti
2018 The Current War Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Composer With Hauschka
2017 God's Own Country Francis Lee Composer
2016 In the Shadow of Iris Jalil Lespert Composer
2016 Queimafobia Daniel Sánchez Arévalo Composer Short
2016 Lion Garth Davis Composer with Volker Bertelmann[12]
2016 I Love Dick Sarah Gubbins, Jill Soloway (creators) Composer TV Series
2015 Equals Drake Doremus Composer
2015 This Is Me Composer TV Mini-Series documentary
2015 American Masters Susan Lacy Composer TV Series documentary
2015 Umrika Prashant Nair Composer
2015 Deliá Thomas Scott Stanton Composer Short
2014–2017 Transparent Jill Soloway (creator) Composer TV Series
2014 Posthumous Lulu Wang Composer
2013 Eclipse Linda Arkelian, David Cooper Composer Short
2013 Breathe In Drake Doremus Composer
2012 Now Is Good Ol Parker Composer
2012 The Beauty Inside Drake Doremus Composer TV Mini-Series
2012 The Other Dream Team Marius A. Markevicius Composer Documentary
2011 Like Crazy Drake Doremus Composer
2010 Want to See Something? Tomas Jonsgården Composer Short
2008 An American Affair William Olsson Composer
2007 Remember the Daze Jess Manafort Composer
2006 Marie Antoinette Sofia Coppola Composer


Year Award Nomination Movie Result Notes
2017 Golden Globe Best Original Score Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann
2017 Oscar Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann[13][14]
2017 BAFTA Film Award Original Music Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann
2017 GFCA Award Best Original Score Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann
2016 HMMA Award Best Original Score - Feature Film Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann
2016 PFCS Award Best Original Score Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann
2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Best Score Lion (2016) Nominated Shared with: Volker Bertelmann
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Transparent Won[15]
2014 HMMA Award Main Title - TV Show / Digital Series Transparent Nominated

Personal life[edit]

Dustin O'Halloran divides his time between Berlin and Los Angeles.


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  2. ^ "Dustin O'Halloran - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dustin O'Halloran | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "A Conversation With Dustin O'Halloran". BMI.com. August 13, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ "Subscribe | theaustralian". www.theaustralian.com.au. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Prom 27: Late Night With … BBC Radio 6 Music". BBC Music Events. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "The story behind 'Transparent's Emmy-nominated theme song". EW.com. July 16, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Composer Dustin O'Halloran Talks Transparent and Working With Jill Soloway". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Vinyl, Music On. "OUT NOW: LION ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - Music On Vinyl". www.musiconvinyl.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Furman, Brian (February 26, 2017). "2017 Academy Awards Preview: Best Original Score". Heavy.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  11. ^ Ehrlich, David. "How Hauschka And Dustin O'Halloran Helped Lion Find Its Way Home | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Lowder, J. Bryan (February 9, 2017). "La La Land May Be a Shoo-in for Best Original Score, but Here's Who Really Deserves the Oscar". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  13. ^ Merry, Stephanie; Merry, Stephanie (January 24, 2017). "Oscar nominations 2017: Complete list of nominees; 'La La Land's' 14 ties record". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "Film composers talk Oscars in KUSC conversations". Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  15. ^ Staff, Variety (July 16, 2015). "Emmy Award Nominations: Full List of 2015 Emmy Nominees". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2017.

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