Pano Fountas is a composer and pianist based in Westchester County, NY. His work blends a wide range of influences spanning classical, jazz, avant-garde, pop, and folk music, enabling him to craft an extensive portfolio of original music for feature films, advertisements, trailers, theater, and the concert hall.
His recent projects include the romance Upon Waking, the crime drama Penitentia, and the short historical drama 1805. He has collaborated with veteran producer Greg Townley on several trailer music albums for Fight or Flight Music, a Los Angeles-based trailer house wth placements in blockbusters. He has also composed commercial music tracks for award-winning production house Found Objects, one of which was used in the Miller Lite campaign video for Women's History Month. His concert music has been performed in venues, such as the Athens Concert Hall, where his most recent commission, Sinfonietta for Strings, premiered in May 2022.
Pano has often contributed his musical talents to highly acclaimed productions. In August 2023, he assisted arranger/orchestrator
Tim Davies with music transcription for a BBC Proms concert featuring Grammy awardee Jules Buckley. In the same year, he assisted composer Greg Pliska with music preparation for the Broadway show "Summer, 1976" featuring Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht. He also served as a mock-up artist for the Off-Broadway show The Alchemist and collaborated with composer Mark Suozzo on an episode of PBS’s American Experience, the most-watched historical series on television.
Throughout his career, Pano has received numerous awards, including the prestigious NYU Alan Menken Scholarship, awarded by eight-time Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken. He was also a winner of the ASMAC Chamber Music Competition and Pat Williams Competition, and received the Friends of Music Society Scholarship in memory of internationally acclaimed composer and Herder prize winner Theodore Antoniou.
Pano holds a MMus in Screen Scoring from New York University Steinhardt and a BMus with Distinction in Classical Piano Performance from the Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow.
Penitentia • Dir. Chris Lawing • Composer
Upon Waking • Dir. Max Rissman • Composer
1805 • Dir. Dan Jacobson • Composer/Orchestrator
Leave Your Toys • Dir. Sam Barnett • Composer
NoWhereMan • Dir. Max Liu • Composer
Finding Light • Dir. Katrina Villareal • Composer
Summer, 1976 • Broadway • Music Assistant
Codebreaker • Dir. Chana Gazit • Music Associate
The Alchemist • Red Bull Theater • Mock-up Artist