Panu Aaltio is a composer and music producer who has worked on projects in his native Finland, many other European countries and in the United States. He has composed music for popular feature films, video games and primetime TV series.

A classically trained cellist since the age of 6, as well as an electronic music enthusiast for just as long, his music embodies a unique and fresh mix of contemporary and tradition. Right after finishing high school, Panu went on to study music technology as well as classical composition in Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

In 2005 Panu moved to Los Angeles to study film music at University of Southern California. Upon graduating, he received the Harry Warren Scholarship for Excellence in Film Scoring. Recent films include The Home of Dark Butterflies, for which Panu received a Best Music nomination at the Jussi Awards in

2009, and the horror film Sauna, released by IFC Entertainment in the United States. He also scored the newly released video game Apache: Air Assault, published by Activision.

Recently Panu has scored the fantasy film Dawn of the Dragonslayer, the period spy drama Hella W, and the psychological thriller Body of Water.

For a full list of projects, please see
the Internet Movie Database.

IFMCA Award!

February 21, 2013

Panu won the IFMCA Award for Best Documentary Score and received it in person in Los Angeles.

IFMCA Award Nomination

February 7, 2013

Panu has been nominated for an IFMCA Award for the music of Metsän tarina (The Tale of a Forest).

The Tale of a Forest

December 28, 2012

The Tale of a Forest has opened in Finnish theaters, and the soundtrack is available from MovieScore Media. You can find more information about it here.

Dawn of the Dragonslayer

February 21, 2012

The soundtrack from the fantasy adventure Dawn of the Dragonslayer has been released by MovieScore Media. Please click here for details.

Body of Water in theaters

October 7, 2011

The psychological thriller (Finnish title Syvälle salattu), scored during the Summer by Panu, is now showing across Finland. The orchestral sections were played by Northwest Sinfonia, and the soloists are Maiju Ranta (vocals) and Milla Viljamaa (piano).

The Home of Dark Butterflies

February 10, 2009

The soundtrack for The Home of Dark Butterflies is distributed by MovieScore Media, please see the soundtrack page for more information.

To get in touch with Panu Aaltio, please send e-mail to

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