Ilan Eshkeri

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Ilan Eshkeri
Eshkeri in 2018
Eshkeri in 2018
Background information
Born (1977-04-07) 7 April 1977 (age 46)
OriginLondon, England
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Film composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor
Instrument(s)Piano, guitar
Years active2000–present

Ilan Eshkeri (born 7 April 1977) is a British composer known for his concert music, films scores and artist collaborations.

Early life[edit]

Eshkeri was born to a Jewish family in London.[1] During his childhood, he learned to play the violin and guitar and later went on to play in a rock band. Eshkeri attended Leeds University, where he studied music and English literature. During this time he also worked with fellow film composers Edward Shearmur, Michael Kamen and music producer Steve McLaughlin.


His extensive catalogue of film and TV scores include Still Alice, Stardust, The Young Victoria, Doctor Thorne, Shaun The Sheep and David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive. Additional work includes music for Collide (Starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins) and The Kaiser's Last Kiss (starring Lily James), both released in 2016. Eshkeri has collaborated with artists David Gilmour, Annie Lennox, KT Tunstall, Amon Tobin and Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs) among others. He recently worked with the European Space Agency on music for astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission. In addition he has conducted his own works at The Louvre in Paris, The Rudolfinum in Prague and The Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 2012, Eshkeri was commissioned by Keith H. Yoo to write a composition for Yoo Byung-euns photo exhibition in the Tuileries Garden of The Louvre in Paris. The twelve-part tone poem titled "Through My Window" was pre-recorded in Abbey Road Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, the 46 minutes composition played alongside the exhibition, and it was later released on Blu-ray Disc.

In 2014, Eshkeri composed music for the video game The Sims 4 as well as several of its expansion packs.

2017 saw Eshkeri compose a ballet with famed photographer and director David LaChapelle and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin titled Narcissus and Echo.[2] The performance debuted March 14th, 2017 at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.


Theatrical films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2000 The Quarry Men Toby White
2003 Trinity Gary Boulton-Brown
2004 Layer Cake Matthew Vaughn Composed with Lisa Gerrard
2007 Hannibal Rising Peter Webber Composed with Shigeru Umebayashi
2007 Straightheads Dan Reed
2007 Strength and Honour Mark Mahon
2007 Stardust Matthew Vaughn
2007 Virgin Territory David Leland
2008 The Disappeared Johnny Kevorkian
2008 Telstar: The Joe Meek Story Nick Moran
2009 The Young Victoria Jean-Marc Vallée
2009 Ninja Assassin James McTeigue
2009 From Time to Time Julian Fellowes
2010 Centurion Neil Marshall
2010 Kick-Ass Matthew Vaughn Composed with John Murphy, Henry Jackman and Marius de Vries
2010 The Kid Nick Moran
2011 Knuckle Ian Palmer
2011 Blooded Edward Boase
2011 Coriolanus Ralph Fiennes
2011 Blitz Elliott Lester
2011 Retreat Carl Tibbetts
2011 Johnny English Reborn Oliver Parker
2012 Spike Island Mat Whitecross
2012 Ashes Mat Whitecross
2013 I Give It a Year Dan Mazer
2013 Austenland Jerusha Hess
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Manuel Sicilia
2013 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Declan Lowney
2013 47 Ronin Carl Rinsch
2013 The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes
2014 Get Santa Christopher Smith
2014 Still Alice
2014 Black Sea Kevin Macdonald
2015 Shaun the Sheep Movie
2015 Don Verdean Jared Hess
2015 Survivor James McTeigue
2015 Collide Eran Creevy
2016 The Exception David Leveaux
2016 Swallows and Amazons Philippa Lowthorpe
2018 Dancer Steven Cantor
2018 Measure of a Man Jim Loach Composed with Tim Wheeler
2018 The White Crow Ralph Fiennes
2018 Farming Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2004 The Banker Hattie Dalton
2008 Cinco de Mayo Giles Greenwood
2009 Attempt Seven
  • Gez Medinger
  • Robin Schmidt
2011 The Snowman and the Snowdog Hilary Audus Composed with Andy Burrows
2014 Once Upon a Time in London Joséphine de La Baume
2015 The Gift Stu Weiner

Television films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2003 Colosseum: Rome's Arena of Death Tilman Remme
2004 Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Uli Edel
2005 Ape to Man Nic Young
2006 The First Emperor Nic Young
2009 Micro Men Saul Metzstein
2011 Eric and Ernie Jonny Campbell
2012 Planet Dinosaur: Ultimate Killers Nigel Paterson
2014 David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive Daniel M. Smith
2017 Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees Harvey Lilley

Television series[edit]

Year Title Notes
2009 Trial & Retribution 3 episodes
2009 Waking the Dead 6 episodes
2010–2012 Strike Back Series 1–3, 26 episodes
2011 Richard Hammond's Journey to the Centre of the Planet Two episodes
2011 Planet Dinosaur Episode: "Lost World"
2014 Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond 4 episodes
2015–2016 Great Barrier Reef 3 episodes
2016 Doctor Thorne 3 episodes
2017–2019 Riviera 19 episodes
2018 Informer 6 episodes
2019 The Athena 5 episodes
2020 A Perfect Planet[3] 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
2014 The Sims 4[4]
2020 Ghost of Tsushima Composed with Shigeru Umebayashi[5]


In 2005, Ilan was nominated for Discovery of the Year with Layer Cake from The World Soundtrack Academy Awards.

Eshkeri was named Best New Composer of 2007 by the International Film Music Critics Association for his score to Stardust.[6]

2007 International Film Music Critics Association nomination for Best Original Fantasy Score: Stardust

2008 Malibu Film Festival Winner for Best Soundtrack: Strength & Honour

2010 BAFTA nomination for Best Music: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (music producer)

2010 Ivor Novello Awards nomination for Best Original Film Score: The Young Victoria

2020 SCL Awards nomination for Outstanding Original Score for Interactive Media: Ghost of Tsushima

2021 BAFTA nomination for Best Music: Ghost of Tsushima

2021 24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: Ghost of Tsushima


  1. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  2. ^ Lee, Sarah; Fidler, Matt (15 March 2017). "Project Polunin: Backstage with the blazing dancer – in pictures". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "A Perfect Planet, Volcano Series 1". Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  4. ^ Greening, Chris (25 May 2014). "Ilan Eshkeri scores The Sims 4 with the London Metropolitan". Game Music Online. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ Meyer, Bradley D. (2 July 2020). "Score of Tsushima: The Soundtrack of Ghost of Tsushima". PlayStation Blog. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  6. ^ "2007 Award Winners Announced By International Film Music Critics Association". SoundtrackNet. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2009.

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