Composer Lorne Balfe Discusses His Music For The National Geographic Series “Genius”

About Lorne Balfe:

Lorne Balfe is a Grammy-winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer. He began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including the second and third installments of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Iron Man,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” He produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. His talents have made him a sought-after composer, scoring films including DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” and “The Penguins of Madagascar” as well as “13 Hours”, directed by Michael Bay.

Lorne Balfe has successfully traversed between the film/TV and video game worlds, has shown his versatility with films including “Terminator Genisys”, “Ghost in the Shell” and “War on Everyone”. His television work includes “The Bible” (co-composed with Hans Zimmer), “Sons of Liberty”, and two current series, “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” and “Marcella”. In the world of games, Lorne has composed for some of the biggest franchises, including “Call of Duty”, “Assassin’s Creed” and “Skylanders”.

Lorne Balfe earned his first Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series “Restless”. His music to the game “Beyond: Two Souls” earns him his first BAFTA nomination. Balfe’s current projects include “Churchill” (Head Gear Films), the second season of “The Crown” (Netflix), and Neill Blomkamp’s latest project, “Oats”. Lorne Balfe has collaborated with Hans Zimmer (Sherlock Homes, Inception) on many films including Balfe providing music and score producing on 2008′s “The Dark Knight,” which earned he and Zimmer a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture.

Balfe on Einstein:

“Music was very important to Einstein,” said Balfe. “It was part of his thought process; he used music to distance himself from the problematic equations that he was trying to solve. The distance would then lead to the solutions.” “I’m incredibly honored to be writing music for many geniuses – Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn as Albert Einstein, and for an amazing team led by executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and showrunner Ken Biller,” said Balfe. “I’m very excited Milan is releasing the score from the first season of this incredible show.”

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