Paul Cristo

Paul Cristo

American composer and conductor
Date of Birth: 02.01.1980
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Paul Cristo
  2. Early Career
  3. Conductor and Composer
  4. Major Projects
  5. Recent Works

Biography of Paul Cristo

Paul Cristo is an American composer and conductor, specializing primarily in film music but also writing other works. He was born on January 2, 1980 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1992, he moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona. Cristo attended Arcadia High School, graduating in 1998, and then went on to Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2001, he earned a bachelor's degree in music composition, graduating with honors.

Early Career

After completing his studies at Berklee, Cristo moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a Hollywood composer. His works primarily draw on the expansive orchestral sound of the late 19th century, characterized by counterpoint, texture, chromaticism, harmony, and intricate orchestration, and are influenced by the use of leitmotifs. His music demonstrates the influence of Richard Wagner and, more contemporary composers, John Williams. Even before finishing his education at Berklee, Cristo wrote his first commercial composition for cinema - the soundtrack for the art-house horror film "Little Erin Merryweather" (2003), which won the Audience Choice Award at the Woods Hole Film Festival.

Conductor and Composer

Cristo has conducted professional orchestras, as well as the University Chorale of Boston College in one of the cathedrals on the Boston College campus. The use of the University Chorale, performing hymns in the Wagnerian spirit, enhanced the dark atmosphere of the film. When Cristo arrived in Los Angeles, he worked on orchestrations and took a job in computer technical support to pay the bills. His next work in film was the soundtrack for the short film "Last Confession" (2005). He then worked on the dramatic Western "River's End" (2005), the mystical thriller "The Deep Below" (2007), and the action drama "The Governor" (2007).

Major Projects

In 2007, Cristo had the opportunity to work on his first major project and became the composer for the horror film "Species: The Awakening," the fourth installment in the Species series, starring Helena Mattsson. In 2008, Cristo composed the music for the award-winning mystical film "The Appearance of a Man." In the same year, he received a commission to create an original work for the Tulsa Ballet. He collaborated with renowned choreographer Ma Cong on the ballet "Festa," which premiered on May 1, 2009.

Recent Works

Among Cristo's recent works are the music for the television series "Warehouse 13" and orchestrations for the television series "Borgia."