Alex Heffes is an award-winning British film composer. He originally rose to prominence with his scores to Kevin Macdonald's Academy Award-winning films ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and BAFTA-winning TOUCHING THE VOID. More recent scores include Peter Webber's forthcoming historic epic EMPEROR, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox, THE RITE starring Anthony Hopkins, Charles Ferguson's Academy Award-winning INSIDE JOB, Catherine Hardwicke's fantasy thriller RED RIDING HOOD and the upcoming feature THE TOMB, starring Sylvester Stallone Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
After graduating from Oxford with a first-class degree, Alex first worked as writer and arranger on projects covering the musical spectrum from steel band to symphony orchestra with artists such as Elton John and members of Blur. His versatility as a composer has led to a busy and varied movie-scoring career spanning musical boundaries. His score to STATE OF PLAY starring Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and Helen Mirren featured a collaboration with classic British rock producer Flood. During the scoring of THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND Alex traveled to Uganda to record and produce many of the bands featured on the soundtrack. Other scores include the HBO drama "Tsunami" (for which Alex was nominated for a BAFTA award), DEAR FRANKIE (Miramax Films), the Warner Bros thriller TRAUMA, starring Colin Firth and Mena Suvari, IMAGINE ME AND YOU (Fox Searchlight) and Steve Coogan's hi-jinx comedy THE PAROLE OFFICER. He collaborated with director Tim Burton on his screen adaptation of SWEENEY TODD starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Alex's scores have been nominated for BAFTA, Ivor Novello, European Film Academy, NAACP, Black Reel and ASCAP awards. In 2011 he was awarded discovery of the year by the World Soundtrack Academy and in 2012 was awarded best film score of the year at the Ivor Novello Awards in London.
In concert Alex's music has been performed by the CBSO at Symphony Hall Birmingham and at venues as diverse as the London Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the Sangat Music Festival in Mumbai. In 2003 he was invited to the Sultanate of Oman to attend the premiere of his overture commissioned by the Oman Royal Symphony Orchestra.
Photography: Rama Knight