Sam Hughes speaks to the brilliant composer Mikolai Stroinski. Mikolai Stroinski was born in Kenya, raised in Poland, and lives and writes music in Los Angeles. Magna cum laude graduate of Karol Szymanowski Music Academy and summa cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music (Outstanding Achievement in Film Scoring), he has scored and composed music for TV programs on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, SPIKE TV, Discovery Channel, History Channel, HBO, and SCI-FI Channel. His work is broadcast worldwide.
Among recent projects is the HBO production “Bez Tajemnic” (“In Treatment”), a series directed by Agnieszka Holland (director of “The Killing” and “House of Cards”). Mikolai has also scored the series “Paradoks” and “Zbrodnia,” both produced by Oscar Winning Opus Film, the Golden Globe-nominated production house (for the film “Ida”).
In addition to his TV music production Mikolai has expanded to the gaming industry, scoring the trailer for the enormously successful video game “Dark Souls 2.” He has composed the scores for two independent video games (“Mouse Craft” and “WordTrap Dungeon”), as well as for “The Vanishing of Ethan Carter,” which has won critical and commercial acclaim. “Ethan Carter” took 3 nominations at the Annual Game Music Awards 2014 as well as winning Best Orchestral Score and Best Composer- Newcomer, a nomination for Best Audio at the 14th Annual Game Developer Choice Awards AND a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition at the 18th Annual DICE Awards!
His most recently finished project is “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, published by CD Project RED. “The Witcher 3” has already won over 130 awards, among them “Most Anticipated Game of the Year” at The Game Awards 2014.
Mikolai chats about his career so far, some top tips and who he’d most like to have a drink with!
You can also find Mikolai at the following links:
Official: Mikolai Stroinski
Twitter: Mikolai Stroinski
Listen to some of Mikolai’s work on The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt below: