Biography

 

Sterling Maffe is an award-winning American composer. In his robust career, Maffe has demonstrated a unique voice that takes advantage of a powerful orchestral tradition while offering a fresh and innovative sound. 

Maffe began composing at age 14 in Alaska, moved to Los Angeles where he studied composition at Biola University, and earned his Master of Music in Screen Scoring from the University of Southern California in 2020.

He has composed music for more than 30 films, television shows, and video games, among them the critically acclaimed short films "Milk Teeth" (2020), "Sunsprite" (2018), and "Mort." (2017). 

 

Maffe has also written compositions for nearly 50 concert performances across the world including music for symphony orchestra, symphonic band, choir, and a variety of chamber ensembles. The Southern California Brass Consortium, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble PHACE, Anchorage String Quartet, and Biola Symphonic Band are amongst the institutions that have commissioned new works by Maffe. He won the National Young Composers Challenge competition at age 18, and the International Humans in Space Youth Art Competition at just 15.

Maffe has also released eight albums including several soundtracks to his films and independent collections of cinematic music, most notably "The Frozen King" (2018), and "Legend" (2016).

Maffe currently lives in Los Angeles, California and works as an associate composer at Hexany Audio, a video game audio company known for it's collaboration with blockbuster franchises such as Call of Duty, League of Legends, Rainbow Six Siege, Arknights and countless others.

Through an ever-expanding repertoire of scores for film and contemporary classical pieces, Maffe has firmly established himself as a rising composer both on the scoring stage and in the concert hall.

Awards and Accolades

  • 2020 Sandra and Alan Silvestri Award, highest-rated candidate to USC’s Screen Scoring program

  • 2020 Chainsaw Film and Game Festival: Best Game Audio for "Stuck"

  • 2020 Guerrilla Film Festival: Best Original Score, nominations for "Soldado Raso" and "An Ode to Solitude"

  • 2020 Western Fairs Association: Excellence Award in a Television Advertising Series, 1st and 2nd place for "Off to the Fair" promotion for Alaska State Fair

  • 2019 Biola Film Festival: Best Original Score, winner for Sunsprite

  • 2019 Biola Conservatory of Music Outstanding Composer Award for artistic endeavors

  • 2019 Biola University Composition Competition, 1st place winner for “Patchwork Grey”, 2nd place winner for The Artisan

  • 2018 British Horror Film Festival, UK: Best Music Nominee for "There's a Monster Behind You"

  • 2018 A Piacere Solo Composition Competition, winner for “Patchwork Grey”

  • 2018 PRISM Competition, winner for “Alaska: Crest of the Hinterland”

  • 2018 Featured Composer at Vienna Summer Music Festival

  • 2018 Biola Conservatory of Music Outstanding Composer Award for artistic endeavors

  • 2018 Biola Film Festival: Best Original Score, winner for Mort.; also nominated for Hexit.

  • 2018 Biola University Composition Competition, 1st place winner for "Karyenda"; 2nd place winner for “A Raven on the Moor”

  • 2017 A Piacere Solo Composition Competition, winner for “A Raven on the Moor”

  • 2017 Rayner Brown Composition Award winner

  • 2017 Biola University Composition Competition, winner for “Catacombs of a Rose”

  • 2016 Newport News Christian Film Festival (CFF), Best Original Score winner for Bully’s Bane

  • 2016 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA): Biola Chapter Composition Competition, winner for “Carpe Diem”

  • 2015 A Piacere Solo Composition Competition, winner for “Aficionado”

  • 2015 National Young Composers Challenge Competition (NYCC), winner for The Water Phoenix

  • 2014 Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) Music Certification,

  • 2012 International NASA Humans in Space Youth Art Competition, winner for “Alien Armada”

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