Nigel Ashley Lees

GEMS Founder & Director


Founder & Director of GEMS, Nye Ashley Lees has a vision to create dynamic, exciting, enjoyable & purposeful, quality music education programs for people wishing to enter the Global Entertainment Industry. Bringing together professionals, industry specialists, educators, award winning music experts and composers to share craft skills & career development best practices for students entering the global entertainment industry.

Christopher Young



Christopher Young is an A list Hollywood film composer. A Golden Globe nominated composer whose credits include such horror films as Drag Me to Hell, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser and Spiderman 3 for which he received the Film & TV Music Award for best score for a dramatic feature film. Christopher Young has contributed to numerous young composers career development in Hollywood and continues to support, mentor and guide new film composers all over the world.

Juanjo Molina



Juanjo Molina is a Spanish Composer specialised in Film Scoring, TV and Theatre. With two Masters Degrees, Juanjo is an experienced Composer, Songwriter, Arranger, Orchestrator & Conductor for Visual Media. Juanjo is the lead instructor on the Film Scoring Program Bootcamp and Christopher Young’s assistant.

Francesco Menini



Francesco Menini is an experienced contemporary Italian composer and teacher. Francesco divides his time between composition & teaching. His compositions have been performed and featured in various TV, Film and theatre projects. For the second consecutive year, Francesco is a faculty teacher, music supervisor and score librarian on the 2019 Christopher Young Film Scoring Program.

Garry Schyman



Garry Schyman, is a GEMS Program Instructor, BAFTA winner & BAFTA nominated composer. Garry is widely recognised as a leading Video Game composer. Garry Schyman is Adjunct Professor at USC teaching in the world renown “Screen Scoring” program since 2010 and will be giving a talk at the program.

Pete Anthony



Pete Anthony, is a GEMS Program Instructor, and Hollywoods busiest go to orchestrators and conductors, working on over 400 feature films with Hollywood’s top composers, including James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Marco Beltrami, Marc Shaiman, John Debney, Theodore Shapiro and Christopher Young. Garry Schyman is Adjunct Professor at USC teaching in the world renown “Screen Scoring” program.

Andy Hill

GEMS Visiting Tutor

GRAMMY winning producer - Author - Former Vice President Music Walt Disney Pictures

Andy Hill is a GEMS Visiting Artist & GRAMMY winning motion picture music producer. Former Vice President of music production for Walt Disney Pictures, his films have earned 9 Academy Awards. Andy developed and directed MA Programs at Columbia & Berklee. Andy will be teaching a Masterclass from his book, Scoring the Screen. All participants will receive his book Scoring the Screen, to accompany his class.

Craig Stuart Garfinkle

GEMS Visiting Tutor

EMMY Nominated Composer - Award Winning Music Producer

Craig Stuart Garfinkle is a GEMS visiting Artisit. An award winning music producer and Emmy nominated composer. His work includes feature films, trailers documentaries, network television, Commercials, stage musicals and albums.

Richard Bellis

GEMS Visiting Tutor

EMMY Award-Winning Composer - Board of Director member of ASCAP - Lectures at USC

Richard Bellis is a GEMS Visiting Artist & EMMY award-winning Hollywood composer. Richard lectures at USC teaching in the world renown “Screen Scoring” program. Writer, Speaker, & Board of Director member of ASCAP. Former President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists. Richard will be presenting his brilliant Masterclass Creativity on a Deadline. All participants will receive his online video Creativity on a Deadline to accompany his presentation.

Eimear Noone

GEMS Visiting Tutor


Eimear Noone is a GEMS Visiting Artist. Noone's composing & conducting work includes 26 film and video game titles. Her score for "World of WarCraft: Warlords of Draenor" received the Hollywood Music in Media Award.   

Gorka Oteiza

GEMS Visiting Tutor

FOUNDER SoundTrackFest

Gorka Oteiza is a GEMS visiting speaker and writer, critic and founder of the brilliant SoundTrackFest. A popular online websites for news on film, game and TV music. Reporting from festivals, covering events, including articles and interviews with some of the leading composers of our time, like this interview with James Newton Howard. Gorka will be presenting his Masterclass, "It's not only about the music."

Carlos Martin



Carlos Martin is an accomplished Spanish based composer, conductor and co founder of the brilliantly successful and talented studio orchestra Mad4Strings. Carlos has worked in Los Angeles and London as a composer, and created music currently aired on Netflix or Amazon.

José Vinader



GOYA winner, Jose Vinader, legendary Spanish film music producer has worked on nearly 300 films, with composers such as Alberto Iglesias, for movies such as Captain Alatriste (Viggo Mortensen) & Automata (Antonio Banderas). Also with artists José Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, Paco de Lucía, Montserrat Caballé and orchestras such as the Madrid Symphony Orchestra & London Philharmonic.

Maria Borg



Maria Borg is a young, aspiring film-composer from Malta. Maria recently graduated from the University of Malta with a B.A. (Hons) in Music Studies, specialising in composition. Maria is the GEMS blogger, bringing her unique take on what's happening on all our GEMS programs. Marias Blog will include comments, opinions, reviews and interviews with GEMS faculty, participants and sponsors, keeping you up to date with all our GEMS programs.


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