Erik Desiderio is a groundbreaking composer and sound designer for film, TV, and interactive media. Erik’s composition style is diverse, with a strong orchestral and electronic background. He is capable of producing an unconventional, ethnic instrument based score for one film, and a large, dramatic orchestral score for the next. He excels at combining different musical styles and electronic instruments and textures to create an emotionally resonant original soundscape.
Erik created the music/sound treatment for the HBO Max logo, the theme for The Hot Zone which was produced by Ridley Scott, and he produced the score for the Academy Award winning film, The Moon and the Son.
With an extensive list of television credits, some highlights include: Harley and the Davidsons (the most watched scripted show on Discovery), Emmy Award-winning The Borgias, and music for the Primetime Emmy Awards. Film highlights include Life Upside Down starring Bob Odenkirk, and award winning films that have been in the Sundance, Tribeca (award winning), and Toronto film festivals. He is a winner of the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, and also a recipient of a Global Music Award of Excellence for his work on The Four Players, the Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music and the Best Original Score Award at the First Run Film Festival in New York. Commercial clients include Google, Nintendo, Samsung, Kellogg’s, Coffee-mate, and Heineken among others.
Exploring the limitless world of interactive media, Erik has composed music for Star Trek Fleet Command – nominated for a Game Audio Network Guild Award (G.A.N.G.) and a Hollywood Music in Media Award, PUBG, Last Epoch, and Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer by Blizzard Entertainment, an expansion for Diablo III, the fastest selling PC game of all time. He also composed for VR games including Ben 10 VR, Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games, and Jest to Impress Versus, as well as countless indie games and VR projects.
After a rewarding career as a jazz musician, where his band opened up for The Roots, and A Tribe Called Quest, Erik moved to New York to attend New York University and study film scoring, where he received his master’s degree in music. While in New York, Erik conducted a live orchestra at Lincoln Center, performing his original score synched to the video. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from James Madison University. Erik currently resides in Los Angeles.