Grand Scores 2017

A special evening for international film music

Berlin, 3 February 2017

For the fourth time, Moët & Chandon together with ECSA (the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance) honor some of the greatest composers in international film music.

On Thursday evening, it was time again for a big spectacle with a grand orchestra! ECSA President Alfons Karabuda and Jens Gardthausen, CEO of Moët & Chandon in Germany greeted 250 invited guests. They celebrated international film music and its distinguished composers with a glamourous award show followed by a celebration at the “Umspannwerk” in Berlin.

The highlight was the Grand Scores award ceremony honoring the noble art of film music composition and its significance to the film world.

As official content partner of the Grand Scores, ECSA was in charge of providing a high class international jury consisting of film composers to ensure a fair and committed selection procedure in what is considered to be the most renowned peer-to-peer film music award.

In addition to an exciting and emotional Grand Scores award ceremony, the guests enjoyed a grand show that evening: as “aperitif” and also to set the mood for the award, the digital influencer André Hamann and his band Faelan took the stage. During the award ceremony the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg consisting of 60 musicians presented an impressive medley of famous film classics as well as an interpretation of “Writings on the Wall” (“James Bond”) together with singer Marzenka Nowinski. The last performance of the evening gave the British singer Anne-Marie. Last year, she was the most successful female newcomer selling 4.5 million singles and was nominated for the MTV European Music Award. This year, she is already nominated in four categories for the Brit Awards in February. Her performance prompted a hurricane of applause and a fantastic atmosphere amongst the guests.

The Winners

On the evening of the award show, the following artists were chosen as winners and honored for their work:

Best Orchestral Score

Gaute Storaas for “En Man Som Heter Ove” (A Man Called Ove)

Best Orchestral Score

Clint Mansell for “High Rise”

Best Electro-Acoustic Score

Sophia Ersson for “Pojkarna” (Girls Lost)

Best Original Music for a Series

Victor Reyes for “The Night Manager”

Outstanding Contribution

Lalo Schifrin


The 2017 Grand Scores International Jury, consisting of Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, Frans Bak and Fernando Velazquez selected the awardees of each competition category.

From the left: Frans Bak, Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, photo credit: Blair Mowat

From the left: Frans Bak, Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, photo credit: Blair Mowat

Due to the high quality and uniqueness of the compositions, the international jury decided to award two composers in the category of “Best Orchestral Score” this year.

The winner of the honorary category for Outstanding Contribution, Lalo Schifrin, has been chosen by ECSA’s Grand Scores Steering Committee with Moët & Chandon’s support.

Dennis Dreith, an old friend and colleague of Lalo Schifrin accepted the prize on his behalf.


About ECSA

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) is the official partner of the Grand Scores. ECSA’s role consisted in creating a fair and professional selection procedure beforehand and in putting together a jury, who selected the winners for the following three categories: Best Orchestral Score, Best Electro-Acoustic Score und Best Original Music for a Series. An expert group within ECSA selected the winner for Outstanding Contribution – for the composer who has made a special and long-standing contribution to film music in general.

About Moët & Chandon

Success and Glamour since 1743: Moët & Chandon introduced champagne to the world and since then it stands equally for honorable tradition and modern enjoyment. The style of this House is legendary as well as its creativity and pioneering spirit. For centuries, the Champagne House has been passionately connected with the world of film. Thus, Moët and Chandon does not only have its exclusive place in legendary movies – but there is also no internationally renowned film festival, in which extraordinary achievements of great actors and directors have not been celebrated with Moët & Chandon.


ECSA contact
Francisca Aas | | Tel. +32 (0) 2 544 03 33

Header photo from the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

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