GIONA OSTINELLI has created a sensation with his critically acclaimed and hugely successful soundtrack to Netflix’s hit fantasy series The Witcher starring Henry Cavil. The Witcher Original Soundtrack Album, featuring songs and score written and produced for the series by Ostinelli, charted on Billboard’s Top 10 Soundtrack Albums, Top 20 Current Albums and Top 20 Album Sales, and rose to No. 1 on iTunes in every major territory in the world, quickly surpassing 200 MILLION album streams.
The album’s hit single “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” leapt to No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Song Sales chart and No. 8 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. The song ranked No. 1 in the LA Times’s 2020 Emmy-Contending Original Songs playlist and quickly became a viral sensation and a worldwide phenomenon garnering unanimous critical acclaim from Variety, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, CNN, BuzzFeed, amassing millions of listens and inspiring countless incredibly diverse YouTube covers and remixes, as well as securing Ostinelli a coveted spot on Variety’s 10 Composers To Watch list. In recognition of his work on The Witcher, Ostinelli was nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the Best Original Song (“Toss A Coin to Your Witcher”) and Best Main Title Theme categories.
Ostinelli is looking forward to premiering The Witcher Suite live featuring virtuoso soloists with a symphony orchestra and choir in front of a sold-out audience at the 2021 Krakow Film Music Festival.
Ostinelli’s previous projects include Amazon Studios’ The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator and nine-time Emmy-winner Matthew Weiner, featuring a star-studded cast: Christina Hendricks, Isabelle Huppert, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Peet, and Diane Lane; NBC Peacock’s Sacred Lies, created by Emmy-nominated Raelle Tucker and executive produced by Tucker and Blumhouse Television, starring Juliette Lewis; The Mist, Paramount Network’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel, starring Frances Conroy; M.F.A., starring Francesca Eastwood, which earned him a coveted spot on Taste of Cinema’s 10 Best Film Scores of 2017; among many other series and films.
Some of Ostinelli’s other credits include Universal’s Inside Man 2 starring Aml Ameen; Lionsgate’s Reprisal starring Bruce Willis; Lying and Stealing starring Emily Ratajkowski and Theo James; breakout psychological thriller Darling; Sundance and SXSW cult favorite Carnage Park; SXSW Grand Jury Award nominee Like Me; David Mamet’s Two-Bit Waltz; producing the viral sensation Player Piano from Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee; the musical play TOBIO: THE PUPPET MASTER, and more. Ostinelli’s hallucinatory score for Darling was lauded as “arresting and discordant” (The Hollywood Reporter), “one of the most interesting and innovative soundscapes of 2016” (IFMCA), and “one of the most effective scores of recent times” (Dread Central). Carnage Park was described as a “soundtrack alternating among ambient Lynchian strains and snatches of hard-core rock,” by The New York Times, with The Huffington Post proclaiming Ostinelli “an innovator with ‘surprise’ coded in his DNA.”
Variety names Ostinelli and his writing partner Sonya Belousova “a unique composing duo,” while Entertainment Weekly praises them as “legendary composers.”