CINE’s Inaugural Film Scoring Competition Winners

V0139 CINE Gala_0191We are thrilled to congratulate the winners of the inaugural CINE film scoring competition, announced at the CINE Awards Gala on June 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Pictured here with CINE Board member and Chair of the Film Scoring Competition John Simson are winners Ken Pierson (left) and Seth Tsui (center). Watch their award-winning scores:

Seth Tsui, Winner

Seth Tsui Seth Tsui lives in Los Angeles, California, where his main focus is creating original music for films, commercials, and video games. Since graduating from DePauw University in 2011 with a trombone performance degree, Seth has tried to define his own path as a 21st century musician by touring nationally as lead vocalist and guitarist with his original rock band Addictive Stranger, playing trombone in jazz, funk and polka bands, playing Chinese music on the erhu and Turkish music on the kamancha, and even pushing the boundaries of electronic music creation with “music hackers” in San Francisco. Additionally, he has worked as head engineer in a recording studio, filmed a documentary in Inner Mongolia, and regularly records production sound for films.

For more information, check out his website at

After winning the inaugural CINE Film Scoring Competition last year, Tsui’s alma mater DePauw University performed his score live with their orchestra.

Ken Pierson, Winner

headshot1Ken Pierson (ASCAP) is an award-winning and experienced composer with a specialty in writing for film and video games. Ken began composing in 2001, received his first commission in 2003, and has studied under Dr. John Hilliard and Dr. David Cottrell at James Madison University. Ken prides himself on being able to provide dramatic, top quality, and original custom-tailored music for any project and hopes to connect with up-and-coming film and video game creators who seek to enhance their media with music of the highest caliber.

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Audio demos are also available at


Robin Hall, Runner-Up

Robin HallRobin Hall is an English composer, arranger and producer who writes music to meet the needs of today’s advancing media; and specializing in scoring music for film, television, video games, as well as music to accompany adverts on radio, TV and other types of interactive media. He holds a double degree in Film Scoring and Jazz Composition from Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

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Congratulations to the inaugural Film Scoring Competition’s Semi-Finalists and Finalists:

Anthony Benis, Brown University and Alex Benis, Syracuse University, Semi-Finalists
Tyler Durham, Missouri State University, Semi-Finalist
Robin Hall, Berklee College of Music, Finalist
Matthew Hodge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Semi-Finalist
Alex Lu, Biola University, B.M. and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, M.M., Finalist
Ken Pierson, James Madison University, Finalist
Seth Tsui, DePauw University (Class of 2011), Finalist
Rick Urban, New England Conservatory of Music and Columbia College, Chicago, Semi-Finalist
Sam Warfield, SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music (Class of 2009) and NYU Steinhardt, Finalist
David Weisberg, William Paterson University, Semi-Finalist