Nathan Halpern is an Emmy-nominated composer, named one of Indiewire's ‘Composers to Watch.’ He is the composer behind two of the most acclaimed films of 2018: The Cannes-winning narrative feature THE RIDER (Sony Pictures Classics) and the Oscar-nominated documentary feature MINDING THE GAP (HULU). The films won Best Picture and Best Documentary respectively from the NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS AWARDS, and were each featured on Barack Obama's list of the best films of 2018.
Halpern’s score for THE RIDER was featured at #3 in Vulture/New York Magazine's 10 BEST MOVIE SCORES OF 2018, and was described as "a plaintively lovely score" (LA TIMES) and "a beautiful score" (SCREEN ANARCHY). The score for MINDING THE GAP was nominated for a Cinema Eye Award for Best Musical Score. It was described as an "achingly beautiful score" (WALL STREET JOURNAL) and "melancholy perfection" (VULTURE/NEW YORK MAGAZINE).
Halpern recently scored 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner ONE CHILD NATION, coming to theaters this summer via AMAZON STUDIOS. Other notable scores include the Timothee Chalamet and Kiernan Shipka-starring supernatural thriller ONE AND TWO (IFC Films / Berlinale), which Variety called "hauntingly scored;” the Slick Woods-starring urban fable GOLDIE (Vice Films / Berlinale 2019), the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner RICH HILL ("one of the best scores we've heard in years" - Indiewire); the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (HBO Films); and the 2017 Oscar-shortlisted films HOOLIGAN SPARROW and THE WITNESS.
Four films scored by Nathan Halpern were recently nominated for 2018 Emmys: WHAT HAUNTS US (STARZ); THE WITNESS; JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD (NETFLIX); and ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL (HBO FILMS.) He was recently nominated for a HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD for Best Original Song for “Calling to Me” from ONE PERCENT MORE HUMID (Sony Pictures), starring Juno Temple and Julia Garner.
His music has accompanied in new dance works by the London Royal Ballet and the New English Ballet Theater (London). He was commissioned to create '1913' a three hour-music performance/installation presented by Halpern at The Armory in New York City, commemorating the first International Exhibition of Modern Art.