A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2016, film composer Lesley Barber writes music marked by intelligence and emotional depth. She has scored a string of award-winning and highly acclaimed projects, including Kenneth Lonergan’s multi-award-winning and Oscar-nominated film, Manchester by the Sea.
A multi-instrumentalist, conductor and pianist, Lesley’s interest in modern electronic programming, loops, and effects adds dimension to her work, creating hybrid atmospheric scores with lush orchestration with an innate ability to bring the essential to light and avoid the cliché.
Her distinguished list of credits include Lonergan’s Oscar-winning You Can Count On Me, Jerry Rothwell’s award-winning documentary How To Change The World, Patricia Rozema’s Mansfield Park, Mira Nair’s Golden Globe-winning Hysterical Blindness, Mary Harron’s Moth Diaries, the children’s classic Little Bear with Maurice Sendak, Yo-Yo Ma: Six Gestures, Wiebke Von Carolsfeld’s Marion Bridge, and the recently released powerhouse doc The Apology by Tiffany Hsiung. Lesley’s most recent works include the Lifetime film Beaches, Attiya Khan’s award-winning documentary A Better Man, Boaz Yakin’s horror mystery feature Boarding School, Netflix’s comedy romance Irreplaceable You, Netflix’s romantic drama series Nappily Ever After, and the feature drama American Woman directed by Semi Chellas. Lesley has also worked with Mindy Kaling on her two most recent projects, the Amazon Studios romantic comedy Late Night starring Kaling and Emma Thompson and directed by Nisha Ganatra as well as the Hulu miniseries adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral, which Kaling executive produced.
Lesley is a proud and active member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, which has taken a leading role in the much-publicized diversity conversation now occurring in Hollywood. She has a passion for good food, great cities and interesting company.