Ilan Eshkeri

Ilan Eshkeri (born 7 April 1977) is a British neoclassical composer known for his concert music, films scores and artist collaborations.

Ilan Eshkeri
Born (1977-04-07) 7 April 1977
OriginLondon, England
GenresFilm scores
Years active2000–present

Early life

Eshkeri was born in London.[1] During his childhood, he learned to play the violin and guitar and later went on to play in a rock band. Eshkeri attended Leeds University, where he studied music and English literature. During this time he also worked with fellow film composers Edward Shearmur, Michael Kamen and music producer Steve McLaughlin.


His extensive catalogue of film and TV scores include Still Alice, Stardust, The Young Victoria, Doctor Thorne, Shaun The Sheep and David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive. Currently he is working on the music for Collide (Starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins) and The Kaiser's Last Kiss (starring Lily James), both released in 2016. Eshkerin has collaborated with artists David Gilmour, Annie Lennox, KT Tunstall, Amon Tobin and Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs) among others. He recently worked with the European Space Agency on music for astronaut Tim Peake's Principia mission. In addition he has conducted his own works at The Louvre in Paris, The Rudolfinum in Prague and The Royal Albert Hall in London. Eshkeri is currently composing a ballet with David LaChapelle and Sergei Polunin and writing his first solo record.

In 2012, Eshkeri was commissioned by Keith H. Yoo to write a composition for Yoo Byung-euns photo exhibition in the Tuileries Garden of The Louvre in Paris. The twelve-part tone poem titled "Through My Window" was pre-recorded in Abbey Road Studios by the London Metropolitan Orchestra, the 46 minutes composition played alongside the exhibition, and it was later released on Blu-ray Disc.[2][3][4][5]

In 2014, Eshkeri composed music for the video game The Sims 4 as well as several of its expansion packs.




Video games


In 2005, Ilan was nominated for Discovery of the Year with Layer Cake from The World Soundtrack Academy Awards

Eshkeri was named Best New Composer of 2007 by the International Film Music Critics Association for his score to Stardust.[7]

2007 International Film Music Critics Association nomination for Best Original Fantasy Score: Stardust

2008 Malibu Film Festival Winner for Best Soundtrack: Strength & Honour

2010 BAFTA nomination for Best Music: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (music producer)

2010 Ivor Novello nomination for Best Original Film Score: The Young Victoria


  1. "Biography". Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  2. Ian Sapiro (16 July 2013). Ilan Eshkeri's Stardust: A Film Score Guide. Scarecrow Press. pp. 14–. ISBN 978-0-8108-9166-1.
  3. "Through My Window: A Tone Poem in Twelve Parts". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  4. "record a symphonic suite with Ilan Eshkeri". LMO. 9 July 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  5. "Ahae Through My Window (Blu-ray)". Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. Greening, Chris (25 May 2014). "Ilan Eshkeri scores The Sims 4 with the London Metropolitan". Game Music Online. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  7. "2007 Award Winners Announced By International Film Music Critics Association". SoundtrackNet. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
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