Braden Pontoli is a collaborative musician, composer, producer, conductor, and educator living in Los Angeles, CA. Braden is always pushing the boundaries to infuse his music into new media and concepts. An emerging film composer and sound designer, Braden creates soundtracks for film, animation, video games, and podcasts. His latest award winning movie “Superbois” with Mancinetti Pictures has been circulated through film festivals around the globe. A founding participant of the Screen Music Program in Milan, Italy, Braden collaborated with composers from around the world creating music for a video gameplay in July, 2019. Braden is a member of ASCAP and holds credits on IMBD.
A vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, and percussionist, Braden is in demand to collaborate with performing artists, recording sessions, ensembles, and freelance gigs. You can find his music published through J.W. Pepper. Braden’s work with dance companies has been highlighted by California Institute of the Arts, California School of the Arts, Baldwin Wallace University, and the Cleveland Public Theater. In 2016, Braden began collaborating with MorrisonDance writing music for their show entitled “In The Space of Dreams” a 45 minute show of original choreography and music.
As a conductor and educator, Braden has conducted choral festivals and served as a clinician throughout the United States. Most recently, he is currently working in admissions and community music programming at Los Angeles College of Music. Prior, he served as the Contemporary Vocal Ensemble Director and VoiceArts lecturer at California Institute of the Arts. Previously, he served as vocal music director in the Avon Lake City Schools, teaching approximately 1,000 grades 7-8 students. Braden’s choirs toured regionally and received superior ratings at adjudications. In 2017, Braden’s eighth grade concert choir received the honor of performing at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference. Braden was music director at Rocky River United Methodist Church conducting large works, the chancel choir, and overseeing the church’s music program.
Braden graduated from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music Education. He recently graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance and Composition. He is a Pittsburgh, PA native.