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.
Panu won the IFMCA Award for Best Documentary Score and received it in person in Los Angeles.
Panu has been nominated for an IFMCA Award for the music of Metsän tarina (The Tale of a Forest).
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.
The soundtrack from the fantasy adventure Dawn of the Dragonslayer has been released by MovieScore Media. Please click here for details.
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 soundtrack for The Home of Dark Butterflies is distributed by MovieScore Media, please see the soundtrack page for more information.