Anne Nikitin is an award-winning composer for film and television. With an eclectic style derived from her love of contemporary classical, indie rock, and electronic music, Anne has scored a wide range of films including action-thrillers, emotional dramas, cutting edge documentaries and natural history.

RECENT WORK

Anne’s debut into film came when she scored the “jaw-dropping” BAFTA-winning film THE IMPOSTER by director Bart Layton, which premiered at Sundance. The Guardian described her work as “a classy score”, while Indiewire dubbed it “a cosmic score”. Twitch Film said: “sharply edited and wonderfully scored (the film itself is a masterclass in both)”.

She is currently scoring Bart Layton’s latest heist movie AMERICAN ANIMALS starring Evan Peters (X-Men) and Barry Keoghan (‘71).

Anne has worked most recently with the London Contemporary Orchestra on her score for Damien Hirst’s concept film TREASURES FROM THE WRECK OF THE UNBELIEVABLE to compliment his current exhibition in Venice.

She has also finished scoring CALIBRE, Matt Palmer’s feature debut – a joint venture by Creative Scotland and Creative England starring Jack Lowden (War & Peace) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist).

In 2015, she composed the score for THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC, a modern day fairytale starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) set for worldwide release by Samuel Goldwyn Films in 2017. “This is British, intelligent character-driven filmmaking at its best”, says Peter Goldwyn. Her score has been nominated for a Music+Sound Award.

Last year she scored CAPTIVE, a thrilling 8-part series billed as Netflix’s Latest True Crime Series, produced by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), Simon Chinn (Man on Wire) and Jonathan Chinn (American High).

Anne writes in a variety of styles but has an affinity for dark, moody, atmospheric music, growing up on heavy doses of bands such as The Cure, Sonic Youth, and Radiohead, as well as artists ranging from Bjork, Arvo Part and Steve Reich, to avante-garde composers Morton Feldman, Kaija Saariaho and Iannis Xenakis. Her music has been described as ‘a beautiful eclectic mix of strings, guitars, percussion and sweeping orchestral arrangements – its own unique sound’.

Recent films include DARKHORSE:THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF DREAM ALLIANCE, which won the Audience Award at Sundance as well as the Moet British Independent Film Award for Best Documentary; CHUCK NORRIS VS COMMUNISM, which premiered at Sundance and was released on Netflix; FREISTATT, a German feature film shortlisted for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film starring Gerald Alexander Held (Downfall, Schindler’s List); and the apocalyptic TV Movie thriller REVELATION: THE END OF DAYS II, which was nominated for a Music+Sound Award for Best Television Soundtrack.

She has composed scores for hit series such as PARANORMAL WITNESS and LOCKED UP ABROAD, described by the New York Post as “One of the most compelling, relentlessly riveting series TV has ever provided“.

BACKGROUND

Anne was born in Canada to Romanian and Polish parents and grew up in various countries around the world. She immersed herself in avant-garde music while studying Composition at McGill University, Montreal, and was awarded a SOCAN prize for Young Composers of Canada.

She completed her Master’s in Composition for Screen at the Royal College of Music, London, studying with Dario Marianelli and Gabriel Yared. In 2010 she assisted George Fenton on the Ivor Novello nominated series LIFE, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Anne landed her first commission in 2006 when she won the BBC New Talent, New TV Composers scheme. The prize was to score an episode of Natural World (“White Falcon, White Wolf”), the BBC’s flagship Natural History series. Her score won a merit award for music at the Missoula Wildlife Film Festival, and lead to ongoing commissions for major UK and US broadcasters.

Anne is a member of BAFTA and has been on various juries including BAFTA and Ivor Novello. She is a member of PRS Creator Voice, a programme that seeks to promote the understanding of copyright, and the value of works by creators and publishers under threat in the digital age.

She has played guitar, keyboard, and computer with ‘the six’ who released Projections – a cinematic post rock album available on iTunes.

Anne works from her studio in North London.