Brian Ralston is a Los Angeles based composer and conductor, where he lives with his wife Heather and daughter. Working in Hollywood for over 15 years, Brian has composed the scores for a wide range of films including, Crooked Arrows (20th Century Fox) where he conducted his score with the Hollywood Studio Symphony orchestra. The inspirational sports film stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Gil Birmingham (Twilight) and is directed by Steve Rash (Buddy Holly Story, Can‘t Buy Me Love) and was released theatrically nationwide in the USA in 2012. (International theatrical release, summer 2013 with Sony Pictures). Of Brian‘s score, Daniel Schweiger of Film Music Magazine says, "It‘s this kind of constantly surprising depth and sense of sports adventure that will hopefully let "Crooked Arrows" fly Ralston straight, and deservedly into the big leagues with his terrific score that‘s seemingly shot out of from nowhere."
Other credits include the Action Thriller AWAKEN starring Daryl Hannah, Robert Davis and Vinnie Jones, the SyFy Original Movie Planet Of The Sharks, and the gripping independent feature 9/Tenths Of The Law, for which Brian won a Gold Medal at the 2007 Park City Film Music Festival for best music in a Feature Film. 9/Tenths Of The Law was directed by Bob Degus (Pleasantville) and stars Gabrielle Anwar (Scent of A Woman, The Three Muskateers) and Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost", Half Light ). In 2008, the Magnolia Pictures teen heist movie GRADUATION, starring Adam Arkin, Chris Marquette and Chris Lowell and in 2009, Brian scored the dramatic coming of age feature DON'T FADE AWAY directed by Luke Kasdan, starring Beau Bridges, Ryan Kwanten and Mischa Barton. Brian also won an an Aurora Award for his unique electronic musical score to The Rece!pt.. The Aurora Awards are a film and video entertainment industry award judged by a jury of one's peers.
Brian studied film music composition and conducting at the University of Arizona under film/TV composer Jeff Haskell. In 2002, he completed graduate level work in the Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television program at the University of Southern California. Brian has studied with Christopher Young, Elmer Bernstein, David Raksin, Joe Harnell, Jack Smalley, George Burt, David Spear, Steven Scott Smalley and the late Buddy Baker. Brian has also composed additional orchestral underscore for the 20th Century Fox Television series "Angel" (1999/I) (exec. prod. Joss Whedon) as well as working on the 2003 staged musical SnEauX! - The New Sinsational Gothic Figure Skating Musical (dir. Andy Fickman, starr. Kristen Bell), where he served as orchestrator & arranger and composed the musical underscore. Sneaux! was nominated for six LA Weekly Theatre Awards including "Best Musical 2003". Brian is also an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring program. And he co-hosts the SCOREcast podcast for film composers with fellow composer Deane Ogden. The SCOREcast podcast is an industry insider show discussing all facets of the entertainment industry from a film composer perspective that averages 50,000 unique downloads per episode.