Composer William V. Malpede holds a Graduate Certificate in Film Scoring from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Elmhurst College, Illinois, where he began writing arrangements and original compositions for the award-winning Elmhurst College Concert Choir, and the vocal jazz ensemble, Late Night Blues. After touring as principle keyboardist with Cats, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Donny Osmond), and Music of the Night (starring Melissa Manchester and Betty Buckley), he settled in Los Angeles.
His numerous and varied music production credits include the films Runaway Jury, Spiderman 3, Brokeback Mountain, and Ramgo. Original scores include Angels Don’t Sleep Here, Guys ’n Divas, and the award-winning, Another Harvest Moon, (co-scored with Rick Garcia).
Between 2012 and 2014, partnered with Garcia, Malpede scored and wrote original songs for the Disney Junior series, Quiet Is and the featurette, Lucky Duck: A Tub Toy Tale. Honored in 2011 with the Coleman Award for Accomplishments in Music Business Entrepreneurship, he was also awarded in 2015 with an Artist Residency Grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, during which he concentrated on the composition of six new works for choral ensembles. Two of these works were premiered in 2017, by the Northridge University Women’s Chorale, and the L.A. Choral Lab.
He currently serves as lecturer of Music in Film at CalState University, Northridge, and continues writing for choral ensembles and for film, including orchestrations for the critically acclaimed documentary, Cries from Syria, and the Swiss feature film, The Little Mountain Boy, due for world-wide release in 2017.