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This year’s Film Music Symposium will be taking place on the 26th and 27th of September, 2017 at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

We are delighted to announce that Danny Elfman has accepted our invitation to speak at the Film Music Symposium 2017.

Danny Elfman’s influence on countless Hollywood film productions through his scores for Tim Burton’s films such as »Edward Scissorhands«, »Charlie and the Chocolate Factory«, »Alice in Wonderland« as well as in other classics such as »Men in Black«, »Batman« and »Good Will Hunting«, has been rewarded with four Oscar- and eleven Grammy-Nominations.  Since 1980, he has composed scores for more than 100 television and film projects. His scores for the opening credits of both »The Simpsons« and »Desperate Housewives« were particularly influential on both the film industry and the public. In 2005 he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Title Music for his »Wisteria Lane Song« written for »Desperate Housewives«. 

Danny Elfman will participate at FIMU Symposium along with many other guest speakers from both Austria and the United States. The speakers will discuss current developments in the Film Music Industry, including topics in entertainment law and PR as well as the challenges of composing for Hollywood. Additionally, in this year FIMU will focus on the topic »Video Game Music«. 

During his presentation, Danny Elfman will review his career from the standpoint of a living composer and will provide young musicians and composers a look into his creative process during a masterclass on the second day of the FIMU event.    


September 26th, 09:00 am - 17:00 pm, SYMPOSIUM 
September 27th, 11:00 am - 03:00 pm, MASTERCLASS WITH DANNY ELFMAN


25€ regular

20€ for students

200€ regular

150€ for students

(Attention: Participation in the masterclass is intended for musicians/composers, also students, with a solid knowledge in composition and orchestration, etc. Only a small number of participants possible):


University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Joseph Haydn-Saal
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Wien