Since graduating from Yale with an MM in 1984, Kirsten has been active as both a composer and performing/recording artist (cellist), dedicating her career to the forward /crossover music in film, electronica, dance and new media.
Kirsten began her film scoring career in 1989 as composer /fellow at the Sundance Institute where she worked with top composers and conducted the Utah Symphony in her own film music. Since then Kirsten has created scores for over 15 feature length films, specializing in epic, suspense and dramatic scores. Most notable are her scores for The Reunion (1997) starring Timothy Devlin, Riding With James Dean (1998), Love Notes (1996) starring Margaux Hemingway and Hero Lover Fool (1997) starring Jon Jacobs. She has been a contributing composer for the tv shows Dateline, the Western Tradition, 20/20 and many others. In 2001, Kirsten was honored to receive the Spirit of Moondance Award for Filmscoring, which she accepted at the 2001 Moondance Film Festival. Kirsten has also received annual awards from ASCAP since 1990.
In addition to her filmscoring work, Kirsten has worked as a session cellist in the LA Recording Music Industry since 1990. She has recorded for over 200 movies, television shows and commercials. Among the prominent composers she has recorded for - David Newman, Hans Zimmer, the late Michael Kamen, Alan Menken and Richard Marvin in films such as Tangled, X-Men, Ice Age, Last Samurai, 101 Dalmations, Aladdin... She has recorded for numerous tv shows which include Futurama, King Of the Hill, Star Trek, Jag, Columbo and Murder She Wrote. She has recorded on records for Kenny G, Jewel and Callahan. In addition, she has recorded jingles for Miller Beer, Applebees, Home Depot, Lexus and more. Kirsten has substituted with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, SD Mormon Orchestra, Classix for Kids Orchestra and the Las Vegas Symphony.
Keeping up with the digital age, Kirsten now records cello tracks in her home studio and
From January 2000
Motion Picture Industry Musician
From March 1990
THE CELLO STUDIO OF KIRSTEN VOGELSANG