Giona Ostinelli is currently scoring Stephen King’s highly anticipated TV drama-thriller The Mist (Spike TV), reimagined for television by executive producer and writer Christian Torpe (Rita) and produced by the Academy Award winning Weinstein Company, starring Frances Conroy (American Horror Story, Six Feet Under), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and Morgan Spector (Allegiance).
Fluent across genres, Ostinelli is the creative force behind scoring over 30 feature films in addition to his vast television experience. Over the past years his distinctive voice has been increasingly recognized by the top media outlets – The Huffington Post praised Ostinelli as, “an innovator,” The International Film Music Critics Association lauded Ostinelli’s score for breakout psychological thriller Darling as, “one of the most interesting and innovative soundscapes this year,” The AV Club raved, “Carnage Park’s score is full of unnerving dissonance, fueling the sense of dread…. but for all the off-kilter instrumentation and recording techniques, Ostinelli always keeps a notion of harmony and melody underneath the surface.”
With a career spanning over a record number of 120 film festivals, Ostinelli is a frequent guest at Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes and SXSW (with smash-hits three straight years in a row – Sundance and SXSW cult favorite Carnage Park (2016) starring Ashley Bell and Alan Ruck, MFA (2017) starring Francesca Eastwood and Clifton Collins Jr., Like Me (2017) starring Addison Timlin and Larry Fessenden and Pod (2015). In 2016 Ostinelli lent his musical talents to, “the best horror movie of 2016,“ and, “one of the best films of the year,” Screen Media’s Darling starring Lauren Ashley Carter following Ostinelli’s soundtrack release on fan favorite Mondo Records on vinyl and Lakeshore Records on CD & digital to an international critical acclaim. Dread Central raved, “One of the most effective scores of recent times is without a doubt Giona Ostinelli’s Darling soundtrack”.
Ostinelli has been invited to contribute original music and orchestrate many feature films and enduring fan favorite hit series including Showtime’s Homeland, CBS’s Elementary, HBO’s Game Change, FOX’s 24: Live Another Day, Minority Report, New Girl, Bones, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, NBC’s Community, ABC’s Happy Endings, Scott Free’s Before I Go To Sleep, and Lionsgate’s Abduction, among others.
Some of Ostinelli’s other diverse film credits include Monterey Media’s quirky dramedy Two-Bit Waltz from executive producer Academy Award nominee David Mamet starring Academy Award nominees William H. Macy (Fargo) and David Paymer (City Slickers) which premiered at Tribeca, drama The Boat Builder starring Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle), Nickelodeon’s original kids movie The Massively Mixed-Up Middle School Mystery produced by Principato-Young, drama Carter High starring Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3) and Vivica A. Fox (Empire), Lionsgate’s thriller Ritual, and Kilburn Media’s suspense thriller Indigenous, which also premiered at Tribeca.
In addition to scoring film and television, Ostinelli is a prominent figure in the theater world with his acclaimed musical play Tobio: The Puppet Master, which premiered in 2013 at the Theater U Nikitskikh Vorot in Moscow, Russia.
Ostinelli 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, He attended the prestigious USC’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program to further his studies.