Composer Penka Kouneva enjoys reputation as a unique talent. Working alongside Steve Jablonsky she composed the score for PRINCE OF PERSIA: FORGOTTEN SANDS and TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN video games, and has scored many indie features (MIDNIGHT MOVIE) and television (SyFy channel telefilms, FORENSIC FILES). Her style called "haunting and passionate" is a blend of her Eastern European heritage, classical training, and media scoring.
These days her passion and focus is on scoring video games (2014 releases: the award-winnig casual Rollers of the Realm, Intense Life, the PS4 H-Hour: The World's Elite, Sony's Project Beast - lead orchestrator, and others to be unveiled soon). She is extremely excited to contribute to the community she feels most energized by - game makers and game composers.
In 1999 Penka arrived to Los Angeles with only one contact, small savings and great passion for media music. In the following decade she worked as a Lead orchestrator and composer on game & film titles grossing $10 billion worldwide: Matrix, Transformers, Pirates (films), World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, Gears of War 2, 3, Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Sims 3, Diablo III, Need for Speed, Dragon Age II (games).
Last year she became the first woman since Shirley Walker to be the Lead Orchestrator on two studio films with budgets over $100M -- Elysium and Ender's Game.
Penka is also known as a Master Mentor who builds teams in score production, opens doors, provides training, employment and career-changing opportunities for young composers.
Her composition awards include : the SUNDANCE Composer Fellowship, two Ovation Awards, The Copland Award, Hollywood Music in Media Award, Square Enix Music Online nomination, Independent Music Award, and others.