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George Kallis
Γιώργος Καλλής (name in native language)
Country: Cyprus
Born: 1974
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George Kallis grew up in a rich musical environment in Cyprus. His mother was an accomplished pianist and opera singer who introduced him to a variety of recording artists, while his grandfather gave him his first lessons on the violin. At the age of 8 George started studying the piano and by his early teens he 'rebelled' and turned his musical attention to more freestyle music such as playing bass in heavy metal bands and taking up the jazz saxophone.

Soon enough he took his first steps in songwriting and at the age of 16 George set up his first home studio, which although had its limitations enabled him to score the music for his school's play Antigone, which lead to The National Music Award for Drama by the Ministry of Culture. On the following year his songwriting progressed and George won several national songwriting awards; his songs are still popular and sang at national festivals today.

George grew up watching classic movies such as Laurence of Arabia and Ben Hur and their beautifully thematic soundtracks left a strong musical impression. His hidden passion soon became scoring music for films. Straight after his two-year army post as a first lieutenant in Greece, he earned a music scholarship of outstanding talent at the well-renowned Berklee College of Music to study film scoring in Boston and in his final year represented Berklee In a special NBC program on film music. During his studies he represented Cyprus as a songwriter in the famous Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Jerusalem. After relocating to London he followed up his Bachellor degree with a Masters of Muisc in Composition at The Royal College of Music, one of the top music conservatories in Europe.

With a solid foundation in both classical and contemporary music writing, George began his career as a composer. Having worked his way up from scoring documentaries (such as the acclaimed BBC series Horizon), and multimedia presentations, the distinctive quality of his music was recognized by international music producer Graham Walker (The Talented Mr Ripley, Sleepy Hollow). George composed, orchestrated and conducted the music for his first feature film WWII drama Joy Division with the music published by EMI.

The score was so successful that the producers introduced George to Hollywood film director Brett Leonard (The Lawnmower Man, Virtuosity) who at the time was finalizing the editing of Highlander The Source (Lionsgate 2008). George scored and conducted the music with an 80 piece orchestra, and the soundtrack is currently receiving much acclaim by various film music critiques, and fans of the mythology on iTunes.

As an orchestrator George is now working on Next Avengers, while previously he orchestrated the scores for Ultimate Avengers II and Dr Strange.

As a songwriter George has been awarded a gold album in Cyprus for his first CD Where There's a Child... by Galaxy Records (The Netherlands/Cyprus) and past songs of his have been published and distributed by BMG in Europe.
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