Aldo Shllaku

Composer

Born into an artistic family, Aldo Shllaku began studying music at the age of six in Albania. The exposure from a very young age to the theater and figurative arts, defined the artistic path that Aldo was to follow, leading him first to Greece and then to Canada. To further advance his music education, Aldo completed studies in music composition at the Université de Montréal under the pedagogy of Dr. Michel Longtin. While studying with contemporary composers Denys Bouliane (McGill/Montreal) and Cornelis De Bondt (Royal Conservatory /The Hagues), Aldo was part of an international selection of 15 composers for the New Music Sessions, held in collaboration with conductor and artistic director of the Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Lorraine Vaillancourt, at Domaine Forget, Canada. Founded in 1989, NEM has garnered international notoriety as a chamber orchestra performing interpretations of contemporary music that includes music for varied instruments, ensembles, orchestra and chamber opera. With a goal to score films, he was accepted for the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). Studying with legendary film composers, David Raksin (Laura, The Sullivans) and Joseph Harnell (The Bionic Woman, The Incredible Hulk), Aldo was presented with the department's highest honor, the Harry Warren Award. Working in Los Angeles, Aldo has had the privilege of composing with his mentor, Golden Globe Nominee, Christopher Young, and of developing a special friendship with two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe recipient, Leonard Rosenman. Composing for numerous award-winning shorts, Aldo's first feature film was The Wild (Derek Shea, dir.). He has gone on to score feature films, documentaries, telefilms and series, and has since been recognized at the Park City Film Music Festival with three Gold Medals for Excellence for his original music for Trespassing (Carlos Blumberg DeMenezes, dir.), A Kiss on the Nose (Laura Neri, dir.) and Paperboat (Daphne Lambrinou, dir.). Classically trained in the "pentagon" (Bach, Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler and Stravinsky) and always willing to explore new scoring techniques, Aldo continues to meet the challenges of augmenting a film's storyline by completing the filmmaker's artistic vision with his original music. Aldo resides at Los Angeles,California.