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Ilan Eshkeri: Bio

Ilan Eshkeri is an award-winning composer, artist, songwriter, producer and creator. Eshkeri's work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries, on film and television, and in video games; his eclectic body of work is linked by his love of narrative. 

Eshkeri is currently creating music for A Perfect Planet, his fourth collaboration with the legendary naturalist David Attenborough. Recently, he and Ralph Fiennes completed their third film together – a biopic about Rudolf Nureyev, The White Crow. This followed the creation of a ballet, Narcissus and Echo, choreographed by famed dancer Sergei Polunin with set designs by David LaChapelle and a ballet commission from Rambert Dance Company.

Eshkeri has collaborated with Burberry on a landmark fashion show, where he composed and conducted a choral symphonic suite, Reliquary, which then reached No. 1 in the UK classical chart. Before this, he worked with astronaut Tim Peake and the European Space Agency on a film documenting his mission to the International Space Station. He continues his collaboration with Tim Peake and ESA with his spellbinding show Space Station Earth, last performed in Stockholm to an audience of 10,000. Other performance highlights include a unique concert for thousands in the gardens of the Louvre in Paris, the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Rudolfinum in Prague.

Eshkeri's many creative partnerships include artists such as Annie Lennox, David Gilmour, Sinead O'Connor, KT Tunstall, Tom Odell, Ash and The Cinematic Orchestra. Amongst his extensive catalogue of film and television are multiple Oscar & BAFTA winning films, such as Still Alice, Stardust, and Shaun The Sheep; video game works includes music for The Sims and Ghost of Tsushima. Eshkeri has been nominated for an Ivor Novello for The Young Victoria as well as a BAFTA for The Snowman and the Snowdog.

In 2020, Eshkeri was invited to become a music branch member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

1 Eshkeri: Trans-Siberian Express
2 Eshkeri: Paris
3 Krein: Laurencia - Pas de six: 10. Wedding Dance
4 Eshkeri: La Sainte-Chapelle
5 Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH. 12 - Pas de trois: 2. Andante sostenuto
6 Eshkeri: Ufa
7 Minkus: La Bayadere - 46. Third Shade Variation
8 Eshkeri: Leningrad
9 Eshkeri: Nureyev
10 Minkus: La Bayadere - 32. Solor Variation
11 Eshkeri: The Prodigal Son
12 Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Op. 20, TH. 12 - Pas de deux: 4. Coda
13 Eshkeri: Le Bourget
14 Traditional: Bashkirian Folk Dance
15 Tchaikovsky: The White Crow
Official Trailer
Ilan Eshkeri on scoring The White Crow, dealing with Tchaikovsky, Ralph Fiennes at London premiere
UK Premiere: The White Crow (The Fan Carpet)
Ralph Fiennes and Oleg Ivenko
Ilan Eshkeri Interview@Premiere

Half-hearted concessions to freedom of expression were not enough to hold Rudolf Nureyev in the Soviet Union. The young dancer, a superstar soloist of the Kirov Ballet, caused an international sensation when he became the first Soviet artist to defect to the West during the Cold War. The White Crow, a new film directed by Ralph Fiennes, charts Nureyev's journey from childhood poverty in Siberia and meteoric rise as a principal dancer to the decisive moment of his defection in June 1961 at Le Bourget airport in Paris. The story's personal and political drama surges through Sir David Hare's screenplay and is intensified by the austere beauty of Ilan Eshkeri's original score. Deutsche Grammophon is set to release the soundtrack album on 22 March 2019 to coincide with the movie's international release.