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Dr Martin Kiszko


In addition to his composition, Martin co-founded the MA in Composition of Music for Film and Television in 1993 at the University of Bristol where he set up some of the first live recording sessions to picture for students. He still teaches a module on composition to the world’s new fledgling film composers. Academic music work also includes a PhD on the migration of the balalaika, a paper in The Galpin Society Journal, the entry for Balalaika in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and the writing and directing of The Art of the Film Score - the first UK video on the craft of film music composition.

His teaching portfolio includes: The National Film and Television School, University of Illinois, University of the Eastern Mediterranean, University of Bristol,University of the West of England, University of Bath Spa, Liverpool Hope University, Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology. In terms of festivals he has led workshops, lectures or panels at Wildscreen Film Festival, Jackson Hole Film Festival USA, Encounters Film Festival, BAFTA Cineformation and Cheltenham Music Festival.

As a festival judge Martin is a voting member of BAFTA and has judged on BAFTA’s Television Craft Awards as well as at the Monaco International Film Festival. He has also judged for the Ivor Novello Awards in London, the British Academy of Composers, Songwriters and Authors Composer of the Year Award and for the short film competition The Pitch alongside fellow jury members animator Nick Park and actors David Suchet and David Oyelowo.He also judges for the I Will Tell Film festival and the Satisfied Eye Film Festival.