Composer. Orchestrator. Pianist.
Pano Fountas is a composer and orchestrator based in Westchester County, NY.
His extensive portfolio includes original scores for various films, including the romance Upon Waking and the historical drama 1805, as well as trailer music tracks for boutique trailer music company, Fight or Flight, based in Los Angeles, and commercial music for Found Objects, a Brooklyn-based music production company.
Pano's work has been showcased at prestigious international festivals, such as the New York City Independent Film Festival, the Maryland International Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Film Awards. His music was featured in the 2023 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.
As an orchestrator, Pano reworked documentary scores by Chris Hajian (The Infiltrator, City of Lies) for live orchestra recording and contributed orchestrations to the Ability Beyond Disabilities Concert in collaboration with Greg Pliska. He also served as a synthestrator for the Off-Broadway show The Alchemist and collaborated with 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.
Read Pano's interview with ShoutoutLA where he talks about his influences, career path, and collaborators.
1805 Official Trailer. Music by George Hutson-Warren, Fadi Khoury, Pano Fountas, and Pierce Constanti for 7th Floor Composer Group. Orchestration by Pano Fountas.
"The Alchemist" at Red Bull Theater. Synthestration by Pano Fountas.
Ability Beyond Disabilities Highlights. Orchestration and Music Preparation by Greg Pliska and Pano Fountas.
Read Pano's article on Film Scoring Tips, a blog featuring tips from top industry professionals.