Composer for the Screen and the Concert Stage
Trained in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES under iconic film composers Elmer Bernstein, Ron Jones and Christopher Young, composer Maria Molinari has worked in LA, London and is currently based in Toronto, Canada.
Her projects have enjoyed international broadcast on networks including CBC, ABC, YTV, PBS & NICKELODEON in addition to winning awards and playing at celebrated festivals including TRIBECA, VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, BLOOD IN THE SNOW FESTIVAL and the CANADIAN FILM CENTRE WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. She has composed music for feature films, TV series, commercials and video games spanning the genres of comedy, animation, sci-fi, thriller, horror, documentary and drama. Maria's credits include the hit animated series FREAKY STORIES, the theme for the forensic series MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE and the feature film END OF DAYS, INC. starring Mark O'Brien (HALT AND CATCH FIRE). She recently scored the screen adaptation of playwright Samantha Macher's celebrated female-driven stage production TO THE NEW GIRL, in theatres in 2020.
Maria has contributed music to the MARVEL COMICS based sci-fi syndicated series MUTANT X, the CBC retro musical comedy series GETTING ALONG FAMOUSLY and has had her concert music premiered by artists including critically acclaimed violinist MOSHE HAMMER, the VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the GUELPH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, and NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA dancer/choreographer Stephanie Hutchison. Maria’s virtuosic violin and piano piece DANZA received its debut recording release performed by the Mathieu-Chua Duo on the Centrediscs/Centredisques label in 2017. She was a prizewinner in the STRATFORD FESTIVAL OF CANADA’S Composition Competition for Young Composers held in honour of the festival's 50th anniversary.
Maria is both a Canadian citizen and a citizen of the European Union.