Giona Ostinelli


Giona Ostinelli is a versatile and expressive composer whose diverse musical style ranges from orchestral to contemporary. The Examiner depicts Giona as a “natural talent born out of passion he developed from an early age”.

Films Giona has scored have received critical acclaim in many famed film festivals across the globe, including the Cannes International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cincinnati International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, among many others. Giona was privileged to have been mentored by film music legend Alan Silvestri (Back To The Future trilogy, Forrest Gump), who described Giona’s music as “truly  inspired, with just the right musical sensibility to the picture…”

Eclectic, a scoring chameleon, Giona has scored more than 20 feature films with a wide variety of musical styles ranging from orchestral to pop/rock, electronic and EDM to intimate chamber music ensemble; multiple commercials for top brands such as AT&T and East West Bank, among others; as well as a theater production for the leading Russian theater company.

Giona’s credits include TWO-BIT WALTZ starring Academy Award nominees William H. Macy (Shameless, Fargo) and David Paymer (City Slickers, Amistad), written & directed by Clara Mamet (The Neighbors), daughter of Pulitzer Prize winning/Academy Awards nominated David Mamet, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival; JUNIOR EYE produced by NICKELODEON; INDIGENOUS, an official selection of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival starring Daytime Emmy Awards nominee Lindsey McKeon (Supernatural); RITUAL starring Derek Phillips (Friday Night Lights), produced & distributed by LIONSGATE; GHOST SQUAD starring Primetime Emmy Award nominee Kevin Nealon (Weeds, SNL); TOBIO: THE PUPPET MASTER, a “highlight of the Moscow theater season” from an award-winning director George Dolmazyan; POD (“POD taps into a  supernatural/suburban ambiguity reminiscent of the best of The X-Files” according to The Austin Chronicle), an official selection of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, starring Lauren Ashley Carter (Premium Rush, Jug Face); LITTLE LOOPERS starring Golden Globes/Primetime Emmy Awards nominee Rob Morrow (Numb3rs), Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives, Homeland) and Grammy Awards nominee Natalie Imbruglia (Johnny English); OPENING NIGHT directed by Jack Henry Robbins, son of Academy Award winners Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, starring Anthony Rapp (Rent, A Beautiful Mind) and Cheyenne Jackson (United 93, Behind The Candelabra); and LITTLE MISS PERFECT starring Lilla Crawford (Into The Woods).

Some of Giona’s upcoming projects include THE BOAT BUILDER starring Primetime Emmy Awards winner Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future trilogy, The Addams Family) and Golden Globes/Primetime Emmy Awards nominee Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle, The
Simpsons); THE REMAINS starring Todd Lowe (True Blood), Brooke Butler (All Cheerleaders Die) and Maria Olsen (Percy Jackson & The Olympians); DARLING starring Sean Young (Blade Runner, Wall Street) and Lauren Ashley Carter (Premium Rush, Jug Face); CARTER HIGH starring Golden Globes nominee/Primetime Emmy Awards winner Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3, Gothika, Secret Window), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day, Kill Bill: Vol 1&2), Pooch Hall (Ray Donovan, Jumping The Broom) and David Banner (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Ride Along); and RECOVERY starring Samuel Larsen (Glee), Rachel DiPillo (Jane the Virgin, The Gates), James Landry Hébert (Gangster Squad, Agent Carter) and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X).

Giona was born and raised in Switzerland, where he began his musical education at the age of 5 playing drums and piano. As a child, he could only dream about being a composer for film and television. It wasn’t until he attended Berklee College of Music that he was able to envision a path to becoming a film composer. After obtaining a degree in film scoring from Berklee, Giona attended the prestigious USC’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program to further his studies. While at USC Giona has broken a record of the amount of short films scored over a nine-months period (over 30).

“Since I saw Indiana Jones for the first time, I knew I wanted to pursue this career. The satisfaction I get from writing music for films is the same as when I used to play LEGO as a kid. It is a circle of challenges and victories. And I would never give it up.”

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