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2. Marvel's Secret Weapon: Composer, Pinar Toprak

Creative Technology Center 150 Massachusetts Avenue

Pinar Toprak is one of the most refreshing voices in music composition today with a diverse body of work spanning across film, television, and video games. She has composed for major superhero sagas like Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, DC’s Stargirl on The CW, and SY-FY’s Superman prequel series Krypton. She also scored HBO’s six-part docuseries McMillions, which earned her a 2020 Primetime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score).” In addition, she has written music for Epic Game’s massively popular online video game, Fortnite. Away from the big screen, Toprak crafted the new main theme for Walt Disney World’s iconic EPCOT theme park, scored the celebrated 2021 Walt Disney Animation short Us Again, and wrote music for Christina Aguilera’s 2019 Xperience show in Las Vegas.

Toprak was the recipient of the 2019 ASCAP Shirley Walker Award and also won the 2019 IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association) Award for “Best Original Score for a Documentary Film” for her score to The Tides of Fate. She had previously won two other IFMCA Awards for her work on The Wind Gods and The Lightkeepers which was on the Academy Award shortlist for “Best Original Score” in 2011.

Toprak was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey where she began her classical music education at the age of five. After studying composition and multiple instruments at the conservatory she moved to Chicago to study jazz, before continuing on to Boston for a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music. She then moved to Los Angeles, earned a master’s degree at CSUN in composition at age 22, and has quickly become an active and reinvigorating composer in Hollywood.

Sean McMahon B.M. '00 - Moderator
Chair, Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music

Career Highlights

  • Compositions include the score to The Grudge 3, the score to 400 Days, and the score to the video game Strata
  • Ghostwriter on Sony/Columbia, 20th Century Fox, and Dreamworks feature films
  • Conductor for the film score to All Good Things
  • Orchestrator of several feature films for various composers, such as Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, The Grudge, Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, and dozens more
  • Recorded guitar on the Sony/Colombia feature film Ghost RiderCodesigned the Master of Music in Film Scoring degree for Berklee Online

Join us for an insightful and fascinating discussion that charts Pinar Toprak's rise in Hollywood from a technical assistant to becoming one of the most in-demand composers in the industry. You know her scores from blockbusters such as Captain Marvel to video games such as Fortnite—both of which grossed more than one billion dollars worldwide.