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.

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He has composed music for more than 50 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 a 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.

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2020

Sandra & Alan Silvestri Award

Winner

Highest Rated Candidate to USC Thornton Screen Scoring Program

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2020

Guerrilla Film Festival

Nominee

Best Original Score for "An Ode to Solitude"

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2019

Biola Conservatory of Music

Winner

Outstanding Composer Award

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2018

British Horror Film Festival

Nominee

Best Music for "There's a Monster Behind You"

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2018

Vienna Summer Music Festival

Winner

Featured Composer

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2018

Biola Film Festival

Nominee

Best Original Score for "Hexit"

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2017

A Piacere Composition Competition

Winner

for “A Raven on the Moor”

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2016

Newport News Christian Film Festival

Winner

Best Original Score for "Bully’s Bane"

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2015

National Young Composers Challenge

Winner

for "The Water Phoenix"

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2020

Chainsaw Film and Game Festival

Winner

Best Game Audio for "Stuck"

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2020

Western Fairs Association

Winner

Excellence Award in a TV Advertising Series for Alaska State Fair commercial

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2019

Biola Composition Competition

Winner

1st Place for “Patchwork Grey”

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2018

A Piacere Composition Competition

Winner

for “Patchwork Grey”

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2018

Biola Conservatory of Music

Winner

Outstanding Composer Award

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2018

Biola Composition Competition

Winner

1st Place for "Karyenda"

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2017

Rayner Brown Composition Award

Winner

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2016

American Choral Directors Association

Winner

Biola Chapter Composition Competition award for “Carpe Diem”

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2012

NASA Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

Winner

for “Alien Armada”

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2020

Guerrilla Film Festival

Nominee

Best Original Score for "Soldado Raso"

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2019

Biola Film Festival

Winner

Best Original Score for "Sunsprite"

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2019

Biola Composition Competition

Winner

2nd Place for "The Artisan"

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2018

PRISM Competition

Winner

for “Alaska: Crest of the Hinterland”

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2018

Biola Film Festival

Winner

Best Original Score for "Mort."

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2018

Biola Composition Competition

Winner

2nd Place for “A Raven on the Moor”

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2017

Biola Composition Competition

Winner

1st Place for for “Catacombs of a Rose”

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2015

A Piacere Composition Competition

Winner

for “Aficionado”

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