Karim Elmahmoudi has written music ranging from solo piano pieces to large scale symphonic music. His works have been described as bold, epic, powerful, evocative, colorful, dramatic, and atmospheric. Mr. Elmahmoudi is based in Los Angeles, California, where he composes for concert stage, film, and video games.
Mr. Elmahmoudi attended the prestigious University of Southern California's Thornton graduate school of music (SMPTV) where his professors and mentors included Hollywood legends Christopher Young, James Newton Howard, Pete Anthony, Richard Kraft, Joel McNeely, Jeff Atmajian, and Lennie Moore. Karim also studied with renowned film orchestrator, Conrad Pope, whose credits include Star Wars (Episodes I-III), Jurassic Park, The Matrix Trilogy, and Troy, amongst many other films.
While still a student at USC, Karim started working with Christopher Young on Spiderman 3, Sleepwalking and Untraceable where he did additional orchestrations and orchestral transcriptions. He has also worked with Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino on an episode of the hit television show Lost, where his tasks included arranging, orchestrating, and conducting several cues for the show. In addition, Mr. Elmahmoudi was awarded the BMI Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007 for his coursework at USC.
Mr. Elmahmoudi pulls his musical inspiration from some of his favorite composers such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Sibelius, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Elliot Goldenthal, and Bernard Herrmann. Karim also enjoys performing classical music with several symphony orchestras such as the South Bay Philharmonic Orchestra, the Master Sinfonia, and the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony where Karim plays the trombone.