Born and raised in Australia, LA based composer Leah Curtis writes and produces original music scores and soundtracks for orchestras, choirs, choreographers, solo artists, film directors and game developers. She has collaborated with key international film directors including Fawaz Al-Matrouk (Kuwait/Canada), Damien Power (Australia). She has orchestrated for composers including Alex Wurman (composer of Anchorman and Something Borrowed) Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil (composers of Sophie Scholl, The International, and Run Lola Run).
Performed by orchestras from the Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony to the Hollywood and Prague Studio Symphony, and artists including Lisbeth Scott, and The Australian Voices and Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral, Curtis has been recognised by the Park City Film Music Festival, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, U.S. Department of State, Australian American Fulbright Commission, American Australian Association, Aspen Music Festival, BMI/University of California Los Angeles, American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, and Queen Elizabeth II Trust, among others, for her accomplishments and artistry as a composer and scholar.
Significant scores include Clarity commissioned by Kathleen Gallagher for flute with vocalisations and cello, and choral work Journeyman commissioned by The Australian Voices. Cinema scores include the Kuwaiti American war film To Rest in Peace and Roman historical drama Exitus Roma.
A graduate in Music from the University of New South Wales and screen composition (Master of Arts Honors) from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney, Curtis was visiting composer with USC Thornton School of Music Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, and studied with John Corigliano, Jeff Rona, Jack Smalley and Thomas Haines at the Aspen Music Festival, as recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Postgraduate Award.