About Penka:

Penka Kouneva is a Film & Game Composer known for her exceptional talent in the Hollywood industry. Some of her recent scores include “The Mummy” VR Game, a $30M NASA Exhibit ‘Heroes and Legends’ at the Kenny Space Center and feature films such as Devil’s Whisper (Sony Pictures DVD), Encounter, Blue and Aga (Berlinale Film Fest ’18 Closing Feature). She has released two critically acclaimed orchestral albums on the Varase Sarabande label (The Woman Astronaut, Rebirth of ID), both of which received 5-star reviews nationwide.

Penka began her career scoring independent features and TV movies and had a break in the video games industry as a collaborator of Steve Jablonsky (on Prince of Persia, Transformers games). She has scored numerous mobile and VR Games and over 20 feature films including the breakout features of Chloe Moretz and Josh Duhamel. Her notable clients as a Lead Orchestrator are Neal Acree (Blizzard games), Steve Jablonsky (Transformers, Ninja Turtles) and Nathan Barr (House with Clock In Its Walls). Penka is also a Sundance Composer Fellow and winner of the 2015 Game Audio Network Guild's Recognition Award.

As an extraordinary mentor and lead orchestrator Penka has been instrumental in nurturing the careers of many rising talents who have continued to work on studio films, top TV shows, games and trailers. Born and raised in Bulgaria, Penka was classically trained and received the first-ever Ph.D. in composition from Duke University. In 1999, Penka arrived in Hollywood with one contact and small savings. In the following decade, she made history as the first woman lead orchestrator on studio blockbusters since Shirley Walker. Penka is passionate about artist growth as she believes that development of one's skills and originality (along with cultivating relationships), is the prerequisite for success in the scoring business.