Michael W. Barry (b. 1981, Long Island, N.Y.) is an American composer and pianist.
Following his many years studying classical piano in his native Long Island, NY, Barry earned a degree in piano performance from SUNY Geneseo. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to attend USC’s Film Scoring Program, which began his composing career for film, television, and interactive media.
Most notably, Michael's music can be heard throughout Riot Games' hugely successful title League of Legends and on their recent soundtrack release Music of League - Volume 1.
In addition to his work for the screen, Michael is an avid composer of concert works, most recently releasing Endeavor and Boomba for wind ensemble. Barry is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having co-founded several successful companies including Hollywood Scoring and Cinesamples - one of the largest sample library companies for composers. His classical music compositions have been performed by the San Bernardino Symphony and The Riverside Philharmonic in Los Angeles, among others.
Barry’s electric compositional style has been described as “multi-voiced but accessible.” Choosing not to limit himself to a single harmonic language, his pieces often pay homage to the classical literature of the past while being mostly aware of the present. A typical piece may have “a wide variety of influences weaved in a convincing web”...“mashed together with the composers’ own voice”.
Works for Winds
- Michael Barry website Accessed 18 October 2016
- University of Georgia Hodgson Wind Ensemble concert program, 1 October 2019