Vivek Maddala

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Vivek Maddala
BornRochester, New York
GenresFilm score, Classical, big band, jazz, rock, funk, R&B, World
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, record producer, recording engineer, inventor
InstrumentsDrums, piano, guitar, bass, Hammond organ, conductor

Vivek Maddala (born 17 August 1973) is a two-time Emmy-winning composer who focuses on writing music for feature films, theater and dance productions, and television. He is known for composing music scores for independent movies such as Kaboom, Highway, and American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, as well as for silent film restorations for Turner Classic Movies, including a 90-minute score for the Greta Garbo film The Mysterious Lady (2002).[1] Additionally, Maddala writes, produces, and performs as a multi-instrumentalist with various recording artists. He is a Sundance Lab Fellow[2] for film composition, and has had work premiere at the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and Sundance film festivals.[3] Maddala has received three Daytime Emmy nominations, with two wins, in the category of "Outstanding Music Direction and Composition."[4]

Personal life[edit]

Vivek Maddala is the son of economist G. S. Maddala. He began playing at age 3 and later studied jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music.[5] He earned degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and pursued graduate studies at the University of Washington.


  • Grand Prize winner of the Young Film Composers Competition[6]
  • ASCAP Film Scoring Fellowship[7]
  • JPFolks Soundtrack Album of the Year for The Patsy[8]
  • Gold Medals at the Park City Film Music Festival for Wild Oranges, They Turned Our Desert Into Fire and Grasshopper[9]
  • BMI Conducting Fellowship[10]
  • 2010 Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni[11]
  • 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards (nomination), Best Score – Documentary[12]
  • 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards (nomination), Outstanding Music Direction and Composition[13]
  • 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards (win), Outstanding Music Direction and Composition[14]
  • 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards (win), Outstanding Music Direction and Composition[15]


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  2. ^ "Musical Minds". Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Vivek Maddala's Official Website". N/A. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
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  5. ^ DeYoung, Bill (October 24, 2000). "Local Composer Scores Silent Film". Gainesville Sun.
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