Karim Elmahmoudi (b. 1971, Egypt) is an American composer and arranger.
After studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Composition extension program and privately with Alexis Alrich for five years, Mr. Elmahmoudi attended the prestigious University of Southern California Thornton Graduate School of Music (class of 2007) where his professors included Christopher Young, James Newton Howard, Pete Anthony, Richard Kraft, Joel McNeely, Jeff Atmajian, and Lennie Moore. Karim also studied with the renowned composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope. Mr. Elmahmoudi was awarded the BMI Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007, Nova Award in 2014, and is a semi-finalist of the 2015 American Prize in Composition.
In 2006, Karim began working with Christopher Young on Spiderman 3, Sleepwalking, Untraceable and other projects as orchestrator and arranger. He has also worked with Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino on the hit television series Lost, where his tasks included arranging, orchestrating, and conducting several cues for the show. Karim has also arranged and orchestrated several high profile video games including Star Wars – The Old Republic (Disney/Lucasarts), Dante’s Inferno (Electronic Arts), Disneyland Kinect (Disney), and many others.
Equally at home in the concert hall as the film scoring stage, Mr. Elmahmoudi has received commissions from the Los Angeles City Arts Counsel, Flagstaff Arts Counsel, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission. His space themed orchestral work, Orbit: A Symphonic Fantasy, was premiered by the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony on November 18, 2012, with David Weiss conducting. This fourteen minute work is also heard each hour at the California Science Center (permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour) as part of their space themed IMAX presentations.
Mr. Elmahmoudi 's works have been performed worldwide in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Flagstaff, London, Ireland, Bratislava, Prague, Australia, and at such iconic venues as London’s Abbey Road, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Mr. Elmahmoudi was one of nine composers selected by the American Prize in Composition to be awarded a Special Citation Celebrating Variety and Vitality of American Composers in November, 2015.
Works for Winds