Award winning Composer Sharon Farber, originally from Israel, has received critical acclaim as a composer in the Concert world as well as that of Film and TV. She brings to her music influences from her Middle Eastern heritage as well as her extensive knowledge of Classical and Western music.
Sharon began her musical career at the age of seven, as a classical pianist. After graduating from Thelma-Yelin High School for the Arts, she served in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and later worked as a theater composer and musical director in Israel. She won the first prize in Colors in Dance (1992) for her music for choreography. In 1994, she moved to Boston upon receiving a scholarship from Berklee College Of Music. During her studies, she won first prize in the yearly Professional Writing Division Concert with her first string quartet. After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1997 (majoring in both Classical Composition and Film Scoring) she moved to Los Angeles to begin her professional career. Miss Farber was the recipient of the prestigious Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Internship in Film Scoring, as well as the Mentorship program of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, on which she served as a board member for ten years.
Ms. Farber has been working with such companies as NBC, CBS, Showtime and WB as well as writing music for features films. She won the Telly Award for best score for California 2000 and her orchestral score for the film When Nietzsche Wept was released commercially. She is currently gearing up to score Buddha Eyes for producer Aaron Millar and High Order for director T Raphael Cimino and has recently completed a new orchestral CD, commissioned by West One Music Library in the UK.
Ms. Farber has been writing concert and choir music in parallel to her film-scoring career, and has many national and international premieres and performances to her credit. To name a few: The Third Mother/ Mothers' Lament, world premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Ashkina, for mixed choir, chamber ensemble and Ethnic Instruments; Translucent Rocks, commissioned and premiered by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra; plus Chorale works, song cycles, and many more. Recent commissions include the Laguna Beach Music Festival, Pacific Serenade Ensemble, Orange County Women's Chorale, Culver City Symphony Orchestra, The Jewish Symphony Orchestra and iPalpiti Artists International.
Recently two outstanding sopranos released CDs with Sharon's music (Hila PLitmann and Sharon Rostorf Zamir, who's nominated for a Grammy for her performance on that CD), and she is the Composer In Residence of the Beverly Hills International Music Festival as well as the music director of Temple of the Arts in Beverly Hills, CA. Sharon's next commission is for Beer-Sheva Symphony Orchestra (Israel) - a new piece for Soprano and Symphonic Orchestra for the 2013/14 season that will feature Grammy Award winner Soprano Hila Plitmann, and her String Quartet will be premiered in Yucatan, Mexico, this coming May.
As someone who was mentored by a great composer, the late Shirley Walker, giving back is part of what being a woman in this business is all about for Sharon. Mentoring young women who pursue a career in film music is an important issue for her and she always takes the time to meet with, encourage and inspire talented female composers.
For her dedication to her art and her commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience with the next generation of women musicians Sharon Farber is the inaugural recipient of TheWIFTS Foundation 2012 Music Award.