Molly began composing at age six. She has won awards for vocal, piano, string and orchestral music. She creates film scores for silent masterpieces.


Ms. Axtmann attended the Julliard School, graduated magna cum laude with honors in music from Barnard College (1972) and holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music (1977).
Ms. Axtmann served on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music in New York City, The San Francisco Conservatory, and at the Community Music Center of San Francisco where she founded a scholarship program for inner city children. She is on the faculty of the John Adams Young Composers Program at Crowden Center for Music in the Community.

Molly produced Young Composers Concerts at Strings Acoustic Showcase (2000-2011) showcasing remarkable young composer-performers ages 9-17.

In 2002 Ms. Axtmann released her CD A Year of Days, a collection of original piano solos performed by the composer.

Molly was a regular accompanist for the Niles Silent Film Museum 2003-2010. She scored Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis and the Hunchback of Notre Dame among others for her group The Invisible Ensemble.

In 2012 Molly completed her original silent film "Inanna and the Huluppu" Tree based on the Sumerian myth which is the first story to be written down in human history. For more information:

November 2015 Molly released her CD "Wild Coast". This CD is a compilation of recordings done over the past decade featuring music from silent film scores and chamber works.

Molly teaches composition, improvisation, theory and piano at her private studio in Oakland.

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Wild Coast (2015) Compilation CD. Music for piano with strings, clarinet, horn. Track from original film "Inanna and the Huluppu Tree".

Alice Underground (2014) Musical for elementary school children based on 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Original music. Lyrics all by the original author Charles Dodson.

Migration (2013) v/vc/hn/trbn/po
Phrygian (2013) v/vc/po
Passacaglia (2013) v/vc/hn/po
Sonoma (2013) vc/po