Alex Baranowski is a composer based in London.
This year he has scored Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya's dystopian debut feature THE KITCHEN (Film 4 / Netflix) alongside multi-award winning artist LABRINTH (closing Gala film for London Film Festival 2023) as well as Oscar nominated Farah Nabulsi's THE TEACHER (premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2023) and Nour Wazzi's upcoming debut feature LOCKED IN (Netflix).
Alex's other collaborations with LABRINTH have included orchestral arrangements for sets at COACHELLA (alongside Billie Eilish and Zedenya) and shows for VALENTINO and CARTIER.
Known for his versatility, other scores include eight-part series RAIN DOGS for Sid Gentle / HBO; A GAZA WEEKEND directed by Oscar nominated Basil Khalil for Film 4 (releasing 2023); TRUE THINGS (The Bureau/BBC Films) winner Best Original Score at Les Arcs; three series of hit comedy STAGED staring David Tennant and Michael Sheen (BBC); and BAFTA nominated THE WINDERMERE CHILDREN (Warner Brothers) with soundtracks released by Sony Classics.
Alex's ballet LEGACY VARIATIONS with choreographer David Dawson premiered at the Dutch National Ballet in December 2022, and his ballet adaption of NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR for Northern Ballet won the South Bank Award for dance after a sold out run at Sadler’s Wells.
His work in commercial and shorts has seen him score shorts for WES ANDERSON (H&M) and TAIKA WAITITI (Coca Cola) as well as GILLIAN ANDERSON'S directorial debut short film THE DEPARTURE.
Alex was previously nominated for a TONY AWARD on BROADWAY for Martin McDonagh's THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN. Other collaborations in theatre have included working with Oscar winning DANNY BOYLE
(FRANKENSTEIN (National Theatre), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Young Vic & New York) and most recently ORLANDO in the West End with EMMA CORRIN.
Alex has also collaborated with musicians including Mercury Prize winning THE XX (with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and live at the Hollywood Bowl), JUNGLE, PETER HOOK (Joy Division), UNDERWORLD, Young Musician of the Year winner JESS GILLAM and virtuoso violinists DANIEL HOPE and ANGÉLE DUBEAU (the latter releasing an album consisting of Alex's catalogue of work for film and dance).
He was nominated as Breakthrough Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association, and has recently released an EP recorded at London's AIR Studios entitled ALL WILL PASS.
Listen to Alex on BBC Radio 3's This Classical Life HERE.
Review for The EL Train
(The Telegraph) ★★★★
The staging is bleakly beautiful, the original score by Alex Baranowski sensational, the performances brutally truthful.
Review for The Windermere Children (BBC Music Magazine) ★★★★★
The Windermere Children tells the true story of a group of Jewish children brought to the Lake District just weeks after being liberated from concentration camps. This release (Sony Classical) takes in his score, which is itself a very personal response to the real story. Baranowski digs deep, utilising a lullaby melody inspired by those sung to him by his grandmother to moving effect. Glassy, hollow-sounding, strings share the children’s fragility, but the music blossoms with them, the sounds more rounded, melodies growing out of the darkness.
Review for The Kitchen (The Telegraph) ★★★★
The Kitchen sounds just as good too, with dancehall/Afrobeat needle-drops that slap hard, imaginative atmospherics, and a brooding score by Labrinth and Alex Baranowski that merits heavy rotation once you're out.