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Panu Aaltio is a composer based in Helsinki and Los Angeles. He has composed music to over 15 feature films, multiple TV series and video games, as well as a full-length ballet for the Finnish National Opera.
A cellist from the age of six, Panu Aaltio later studied Music Technology at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to attend the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Televsion program at the University of Southern California. After graduating from USC with a Harry Warren Scholarship for Excellence in Film Scoring, he composed additional music to the documentary film Nanking (2007) directed by Academy Award winning director Bill Guttentag.
For his first solo feature work, The Home of Dark Butterflies, Panu Aaltio received a Finnish Film Award nomination in 2008. His next feature, the horror film Sauna in 2008, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by IFC Films. Since then he has been one of Finland's most prolific film composers.
The International Film Music Critics Association awarded Panu Aaltio with Best Documentary Score in 2013, for the nature documentary Tale of a Forest.