Anna Rice is a Wicklow-based composer & lyricist.
She recently concluded work on critically acclaimed Channel 4 (UK) series CHIMERICA (Playground Entertainment, starring Alessandro Nivola, Sophie Okonedo and F. Murray Abraham) as score arranger, producer and conductor. Her original scores for live action & documentary include the title music to Ian Hislop's BBC series WHEN BANKERS WERE GOOD and Ian Hislop's AGE OF THE DO-GOODERS, the multi-award-winning 4 QUEENS (dir. Vittoria Colonna) and TONGAN ARK (dir. Paul Janman). She scored the Abbey Theatre & National Theatre's collaborative production of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK (dir. Howard Davies) starring Ciarán Hinds, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Sinéad Cusack. Her score to Graham Cantwell's ANTON was nominated for 'Best Original Score' in the 2009 IFTAs.
As lyricist, Anna's feature film theme song credits include 'Eternal Breath' from CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY (The Weinstein Company) (English lyrics), 'Take Me To Shanghai' from THE WASTED TIMES (Huayi Bros.) and 'Brush The Sky' from MISS PUFF, as well as the title song to BBC children's series ZOMBIE HOTEL.
Anna has scored over two hundred animated episodes for TV broadcast, most recently LUCKY FRED 2 (Imira Entertainment / Telegael / Toonz Entertainment / Televisió de Catalunya / Aeon Entertainment) and CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS (SLR Australia / Telegael / Top Draw / ZDF Enterprises). She recently wrote the title theme & trailer song for upcoming animated series MONDO YAN (Toonz / Telegael / Imira).
She works closely with composer Shigeru Umebayashi as orchestrator, collaborating on feature film scores for THE WASTED TIMES (dir. Cheng Er), GOD OF WAR dir. Gordon Chan, the E3 trailer score for GHOST OF TSUSHIMA (Sony Playstation) and also Umebayashi's violin concerto 'The Japanese Four Seasons', commissioned by violinist Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. Other collaborators for whom Anna has orchestrated include The Chieftains, Cara Dillon and Moxie.
Musicians who have recorded and performed Anna's film scores, orchestrations and songs include Lang Lang, Joseph, Jam Hsiao, Coco Lee, the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, the Hallé, the Ulster Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Irish Film Orchestra, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
She has served as a judge for both the Ivor Novello Awards and the Irish Film & Television Awards and currently sits on the board of directors of the Screen Composers Guild of Ireland.
A decade earlier in her career, Anna was one of twelve composers worldwide invited to the prestigious ASCAP Film scoring Workshop in Los Angeles. She is an alumna of The Royal College of Music, London and Trinity College Dublin.