Sundance 2020 Composer Spotlight: Pinar Toprak
From epic orchestral scores for superhero sagas to custom created sounds for one of the world’s most popular video games, composer Pinar Toprak brings versatile stories to life by creating a unique sound and mood to her projects across medium, genre and tone.
Pinar’s work can be heard in the box office smashing Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson and Disney in 2019. Pinar also recently composed the jazz-inspired score for the Pixar SparkShort, Purl about an earnest ball of yarn who gets a job and finds herself asking how far she is willing to go to fit in and get the acceptance she yearns for.
Having studied and practiced music from a very young age, Pinar earned a degree in film scoring and a master’s degree in composition at age 22 before working alongside legendary composers including Hans Zimmer and William Ross. Pinar then went on to make a name for herself scoring dozens of projects across many mediums including the massively popular video game Fortnite, Syfy TV series Krypton, thriller The River Murders, period drama The Lightkeepers, and additional music on box office hit Justice League.
In 2019, Pinar received the prestigious ASCAP Shirley Walker Award for her contributions to the diversity of film and television music.