Ali Helnwein is an Emmy winning composer and has orchestrated Grammy winning projects.
He composed all the music for 13 “Touch of Evil” short films, featuring Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Kirsten Dunst, Ryan Gosling, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Jessica Chastain, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Michael Shannon, Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin and Adepero Oduye.
As an arranger/ orchestrator he did the strings on the title track to Florence & The Machine’s No. 1, chart topping album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” as well as Draco Rosa’s Grammy Winning album. Music for commercial & fashion films include Mercedes Benz, Wrangler Jeans, ESPN, Motorola, bebe, American Greetings, Orla Kiely and more.
In 2010 his “Rain” Violin Concerto was commissioned by Kat Von D and premiered in downtown LA’s historic Million Dollar Theater, conducted by David Campbell.
In 2006 he founded the Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra, which he has been successfully conducting since. The orchestra has become known for showing up in places where one normally wouldn’t expect an orchestra, premiering new works, and playing to new audiences — performing in places such as a skatepark, a Chinatown Alley, the rooftop of the Standard, etc. Aside from his own orchestra, he has worked with many other orchestras across the U.S. and around the World.