COMPOSER AND PIANIST
Akhmet is a pianist and a composer for film and media. His classical background and persistent determination to improve every aspect of his art and painstaking attention to storytelling help him to create organic music that enhances the vision of a most demanding filmmaker.
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London in piano performance, he attended the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program, where he had a chance to meet the top composers in the field such as John Powell, John Debney, Alan Silvestri, Alexandre Desplat, Christophe Beck, and Charles Bernstein as well as to learn from the orchestrators of today’s triple AAA projects. While pursuing his projects, Akhmet collaborated with Darren Fung as an orchestrator on several of his projects such as “Cinema of Sleep,” “A Bee’s Diary,” and performed on the piano for some of his library projects. Akhmet was selected to take part in the SESAC workshop headed by Danny Lux and Christophe Beck in 2019.
Akhmet’s belief in his composing talent began while he was at the Purcell School of Music in the UK. He was surprised to win first place at the EPTA UK 2008 composers competition and the cup for the most outstanding composition in the competition.
Akhmet’s piano career includes solo recitals at the Southbank Centre in London, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, The Purcell School of Music, Manchester during the Scarlatti Festival and in remote locations across the UK and Kazakhstan. He participated in various masterclasses where he played for distinguished pianists.
An avid cook, Akhmet enjoys drawing parallels between cooking and music. He binge-watches great chefs and occasionally posts his creations on his Instagram account “skatuka.” He believes in chef Marco Pierre White’s saying that perfection is lots of small things done right. He also reveres Dr. Burns’ and Aaron Beck’s popular psychology.