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CSUN Music Student's Composition Wins Judges' Top 10 Picks in Genius Contest

October 23, 2017

CSUN Music student and Senior in Media Composition, Bryan Barcinas, recently undertook an incredible project and submitted an arrangement to Indi’s, Show Us Your Musical GENIUS. The contest took the Emmy nominated Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music, written by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe, for National Geographic’s scripted series, GENIUS, and produced an exciting competition where musicians showed off their genius by creating masterpieces honoring the original theme music.

Written for a small string ensemble, piano, timpani, and bowed vibes – Mr. Barcinas’ project was conceptualized and made in only four days with the help from CSUN Music and Film students including piano faculty member, Jason Stoll, all of whom share the same passion. “It was an intense experience having to do that much work in such a short period of time, but I found myself working with some of the best and kindest musicians in the CSUN Music Department. It was truly an honor to have these guys bring the composition to life. I am looking forward to bigger and better collaborations in the future!” said Mr. Barcinas.

The entire ensemble included Bryan Barcinas, composer and conductor; Miguel Leyva, orchestrator; Jay Swuen, videographer; Kevin Russell Breeding, viola; Aubrey Yifan Tang, violin; Miguel Lopez, violin; Miguel Vidal, violin; Luna Choi, violin; Lauren Noelle Takacs, cello; Justin Chang, bowed vibes; Maria Ortega, timpani; Brian Lee Thompson, violin; Mika Shimomoto, bass; Ludvin Maldonado, bass; Samantha Lam, violin; Adrian Garza, cello; Andrew Krezinger, violin; Cheyenne Lee, violin; and piano faculty member Jason Stoll.

Mr. Barcinas’ submission got over 60,000 views in just four days and was selected as the Judges’ Top 10 Picks out of over 1,000 submissions. Impressed with his work, Lorne Balfe commented, “Nice live string ensemble” along with world-renowned cellist and composer, Tina Guo who also replied, “Nicely done!” Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe have both mentioned their excitement in following more of Mr. Barcinas’ works and seeing his creativity unfold in the future. 

To view Mr. Barcinas' submission, click here: