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Welcome Coaches & Choreographers !
My name is Jonathan Galland. I am committed to provide expert music solutions, from consulting, to music editing, arranging, or creation of original music for competitive skaters and shows.
Being a skater myself, I know how much work we put in our programs to make them as flawless as possible. As a working composer, my job is also to remain at the highest standards of the entertainment industry in the field of scoring, arranging, orchestration, and music editing.
4 × World Champion, 4 × Canadian National Champion, 3 × Olympian, 1st person to land a quadruple jump in competition.
I wish Jonathan had been a part of my career sooner. His understanding of my musical needs (not to mention his clever and creative suggestions) would have been SO handy along the way. Glad to have met and worked with him. More to come!
Executive artistic director of Ice Dance International
It is difficult to find a composer of Jonathan’s talent who understands the intricacies of composing for ice dance and who is flexible enough to be able to write pieces for various audiences. Jonathan is unique in that he is the whole package. We choose to work with Jonathan not only because of his talent, but because of his technical expertise, his strong work ethic and his professionalism.
TSL (The Skating Lesson)
We need more people like Jonathan involved with helping skaters and choreographers understand music!!!!
My academic journeyI was classically trained from a young age as a violinist and through the French music schools, before finding my calling in the field of composition for motion pictures. After graduating with a Music Technician Certificate from a Music High School in the outskirts of Paris, I started attending the "Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Son" (Superior Institute of Sound Technics) in the center of Paris. I moved to the United States in 2011, and received both a BFA and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media, with an emphasis on Film Scoring from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. In 2021, I received my Teaching Certificate in Higher Education from Harvard University, and accepted an offer to teach music for visual media at San Francisco's Academy of Art University. I have since taught numerous classes including Music Production using Logic Pro, and "Soundtrack Industry Overview" both at the Undergraduate and Graduate level. While I am mostly an onsite instructor, I have taught fully online (Zoom), and in hybrid format (onsite + Zoom). I have also served on the University's review committee to grade demo reels of senior students in the scoring section, music production section, and sound design section of the Music and Sound department.
My workOver the years, I have composed music for a variety of projects in categories including animated short, feature film, documentary, advertising, and Public Service Announcement (PSA). I have also created original music for figure skating shows featuring World champions, Olympians, performers from Disney on Ice, Stars on Ice, Holiday on Ice, Broadway on Ice, Ice Capades, and from Cirque du Soleil. Click HERE for Demos. My work has been featured in trade publications such as Music Connection magazine and on various news sites. My music has received in-depth reviews by both film and music critics and has been discussed on various film music blogs. A lot of my scores are available across most music platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Shazam, and on internet radios such as streamingsoundtracks.com, where one of my soundtracks was voted among the database’s top 100 film scores. See the Press Section. In 2019, I founded "Bending Reed Music" to serve as a publishing entity. I also began mentoring, and collaborating with then 7-year-old singing talent Danica Lipetsky, who since gained valuable recognition in the music industry.
AwardsI was privileged to have received music awards, prizes and accolades in more than 20 countries and 5 continents. Issuers include the Global Music Awards, the InterContinental Music Awards, and many international film festivals. Awards received include: "Soundtrack of the Year", "Best Song of the Year", "Best Composer", "Best Original Music", "Best Film Score", "Best Trailer Arrangement". The list can be viewed HERE. I was nominated three times for a Crystal Pine Award at the International Sound & Film Music Festival in Croatia. Other nominees included John Williams, John Powell, Ludwig Göransson, Gary Rydstrom, Nicholas Britell, Tyler Bates, Thomas Newman, Alberto Iglesias, Gabriel Yared, Max Richter, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Alexandre Desplat and James Newton Howard. I was equally privileged to have been awarded six American music grants, to date.
Memberships & JudgingI am presently a member of the Recording Academy (who host the annual Grammy Awards) and I am approved to submit work for Academy Award consideration in the “Best Original Score” category. I have been a member of the Canadian Academy of the Recording Arts & Sciences, where I was brought in to serve as one of their music judges for the JUNO Awards, in Canada. Categories I judged in over the years include: "Classical Album of the Year: Large Ensemble", "Classical Album of the Year: Small Ensemble", "Classical Composition of the Year", and "Instrumental Album of the Year". I also had the privilege to be selected as a voting member on the panel of the 2021 World Soundtrack Awards in Belgium. Current and former WSA judges include John Williams, Vangelis, Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat, John Powell, Terence Blanchard, Howard Shore, Dario Marianelli, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Mychael Danna, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Ramin Djawadi, Rachel Portman, Cliff Martinez, Lalo Schifrin, Elliot Goldenthal, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Carter Burwell, Jonny Greenwood, Alberto Iglesias, Joe Kraemer, Atli Örvarsson, Bruno Coulais and Pinar Toprak.
My Teaching Philosophy and Original CurriculumView the PDF
Curriculum VitæView the PDF
Kurt Browning and Jonathan Galland discuss music for Figure Skaters
(interview excerpt - January 2022)
When I'm not creating music, or skating, you may find me in the music booth at US Figure Skating competitions and championships. Over the years, I've had the chance of cueing music for a number of skaters such as Jason Brown, Gracie Gold, Ilia Malinin, Polina Edmunds, Bradie Tennell, Isabeau Levito, Alysa Liu, Madison Chock & Evan Bates, among many others...
If you are in San Francisco between November and January, stop by Union Square and come say Hi! at Willy Bietak Productions' "Safeway Holiday Ice Rink".