Joseph Trapanese began his film scoring career as the key collaborator on some of the most memorable scores of recent cinema history – as arranger and orchestrator for Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy, co-composer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor for M83’s Oblivion, and co-composer and co-producer with Mike Shinoda for The Raid series.
Known for integrating his extensive classical training with his skill producing electronic music, he has crafted uniquely hybrid and inventive scores for a number of films including director Joseph Kosinski’s 2022 sci-fi thriller Spiderhead, Nicolas Cage’s genre-bending 2021 Sundance selection Prisoners of the Ghostland, Disney’s 2019 live-action remake Lady and the Tramp, Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista’s buddy cop action-comedy Stuber, Mads Mikkelson’s 2018 Cannes selection Arctic, Universal’s landmark rap biopic Straight Outta Compton, and the second and third installments of the Divergent series, Insurgent and Allegiant. In addition, he has leant his innovative sound to Netflix’s The Witcher (for which he also writes original songs, including the viral hit “Burn, Butcher, Burn”), the critically acclaimed original series Shadow and Bone, and interactive projects for Disney Interactive, EA, Lucasfilm, and Ubisoft.
He has continued to work as a collaborator on projects including The Greatest Showman (song producer and score co-composer), as well as albums and live events with Aloe Blacc, Amon Tobin, Dierks Bentley, Dr. Dre, The Glitch Mob, Haim, Halsey, Janelle Monae, Kelly Clarkson, Kendrick Lamar, Moby, S. Carey, Sohn, Zedd, and many more.
As a conductor, Joseph has appeared with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, AUKSO Poland, and numerous festival and studio orchestras.