Pinar Toprak

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Pinar Toprak
Genres film scores
Occupation(s) composer

Pinar Toprak is a TurkishAmerican 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.[1][2]

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.[3]



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  1. ^ "Pinar Toprak receives her IFMCA Award for The Lightkeepers". International Film Music Critics Association. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pinar Toprak receives IFMCA Award for The Wind Gods". International Film Music Critics Association. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  3. ^ John Mansell (2011). "An Interview with Pinar Toprak". Soundtrack. Retrieved 4 September 2014.