Lionel Ziblat

Film composer & orchestrator

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"This is the best music score I ever heard in a documentary" - Dutch TV NPO2 documentaries' editor Jelle Peter de Ruiter. Composer (film / TV / media & concert) and arranger, who can create anything from the most intimate, acoustic music up to large scale emotional soundscapes or orchestral work.

I write original, highly skilled music, using the best samples available. Anything from a warm orchestral romantic soundtrack to an Epic, horror, sci-fi, electronic, vintage, folklore (world music), or an intimate solo instrument.

I also write arrangements and orchestrations. Among my clients was the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra (regarded by many as the #1 best orchestra in the world).

* Before reading further, remember to check out my website: www.lionelziblat.com

Using honest, original music I will color up your movie, your commercial, documentary, or any other kind of footage you have.

My work is regularly used in different TV productions worldwide and I often compose and orchestrate music for top notch orchestra's and ensembles, among which the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra (considered by many as the no. 1 orchestra in the world).

I can also write a beautiful arrangement for your song, delivering sheet music for it. We can also discuss possibilities recording live instruments.

Please don't be shy and contact me with any question!

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  1. Review by Vincent van den Ouden
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    Working with Lonny on the score of my studentfilm The Maiden & The Gatekeeper was a wonderful experience. With Lonny, delivering something unique - somethings that will shine a new light on the visuals - and keeping the intent of the director in the back of his mind are two sides of the same coin. He truly cares for your film which doesnt't make him shy away from artistic arguments. This means he's willing to go the extra mile to give your film exactly what it means. In short, Lonny is collaborator and also a true storyteller.

Interview with Lionel Ziblat

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I'm proud of every single thing I do.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm finishing a brilliant gypsy-like track with a bunch of friends, all fantastic musicians. I'll be uploading a video soon enough ;-)

  5. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  6. A: I always give my utmost best.

  7. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  8. A: I love creating the magic of luring someone into a story.

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: I don't think in terms of misconceptions. I am aware, however, that sometimes people are so involved in their own activities that they sometimes forget to keep their eyes open and realize that what I'm offering them is my utmost best. It often happens that my first suggested track seems "too soft" or "too complex" because the stress creates grave expectations probably. I often heard directors admit that my first suggestion was the strongest.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: The first, most obvious question is: What impact do you wish to make?

  13. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  14. A: I'm your best friend in this stage. Trust me to do my utmost best to accomplish what you want. But remember that the better you explain your wishes, the better I can provide the answer.

  15. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  16. A: Hmmm... 1) An Atmospheric Water generator 2) A good hat 3) Sun glasses 4) A sheet music writing kit 5) An acoustic or Spanish guitar

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: As I mentioned it before, I feed on variety, but people do seem to recognize an imprint of my style. I wouldn't be able to put it into words, but I one of the rare characteristics of my work is that I understand Classical music as well as other styles, having conducted and written a lot of chamber music, as well as having played in Rock & folklore bands.

  19. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  20. A: The first tip is to try to clear your mind before you make a judgement. Try to avoid taking big decisions when you're tired or stressed. I know it's more easily said than done but in my experience it's the most efficient and powerful way.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: This can be quite varied. I love working on different styles and genres. All the above mentioned genres take place, and more.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I'm persistent. When I offer a finished product it's after I've been through a long and tedious process of work and I completely stand behind it. Quality-wise as well as artistically.

  25. Q: What's your typical work process?

  26. A: I first talk to the director and try to get into his mind, understand his challenges and wishes, as well as his taste. I then watch the relevant movie (or footage) and allow it to sink in. I find that the most important work happens in my mind when I meditate or take a stroll along the beautiful Amstel river near my home. I then write the basic musical idea(s), usually the old fashioned way; with a pencil and a piece of paper, and I start molding it in my studio.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I have a simple and very focused set up consisting of Cubase, a Komplete Kontrol keyboard, sibelius (for writing scores for real musicians if applicable) and a variety of sample and sound libraries, from Native Instruments through East West, Spitfire etc.

  29. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  30. A: Although I use the most current and modern sample libraries and recording platforms, I'm still mostly inspired by the 'old gang' of traditional film composers (and classical composers) like John Williams, Bernard Hermann & Alex North. Besides I have great affinity with classical music (my favorite composer is Ravel), Latin American Folklore, Gypsy music from the Balkan, Jazz, Progressive Rock, Contemporary Classical Music and other world music styles.

  31. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  32. A: I write and produce film scores, suitable for anything from a feature film to a documentary, or any other kind of media.

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Please provide: Synopsis, full (relevant) script, a picture-locked (!) edit version, a detailed description of the music, style, examples, and the desired impact. 2 revisions possible.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Williams
  • Alex North
  • Ramin Djawadi
Gear Highlights
  • Cubase 8.5 & a large sample based library collection
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SoundBetter Deal

For first job I offer a %30 discount on up to 3 minutes of music. Intimate piano music can be made for half the price (%50 off)

  • A new single - Kingdom of The PenguinsJan 12, 2021

    I recently produced this new track I wrote, with the help of a group of fine musicians, all in our own home-studios.


    Kingdom of The Penguins can be heard on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Facebook & Youtube