Michael Bryan Stein

  • Film, T.V., Advertising, & Game Composer
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Feb 27, 2019
Contractor / Freelance Composer

Personal Summary

As an extremely versatile and skillful composer working in film, Michael Bryan Stein’s love of storytelling has afforded him the opportunity to work on films spanning many genres. Several of his recent projects, including Daydream, Shoot The Moon, Ashes, Lockdown, Abracabroken, Gladys Brown, Anomaly, Crosshairs, Watch Me, Long Term Plans, and Your Favorite Place are all currently making rounds at film festivals throughout the United States. Michael also recently composed original music for the Commercial Directors Diversity Program in Los Angelesfeaturing the work of director, Monty Marsh. 

Michael’s musical education began at age five when he started taking piano lessons. His passion for music was always abundant as a child with roots in rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. During high school, he was one of the youngest individuals to become a musical director for an off-Broadway show. Excelling in this role deepened Michael’s appreciation for theater. He also began studying jazz and was accepted to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music for his Bachelor’s degree in jazz piano performance. It was there, in New York City, where Michael gained the attention and support of music legend, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. After becoming Purdie’s assistant, Michael composed, arranged, conducted, and performed on several studio albums. From 2006-2012, Michael was Bernard Purdie’s Co-Producer for projects taking place around the world.

In 2012, under the guidance of Grammy Award-Winning Composer, Richard Danielpour, Michael began studying composition more seriously and was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music for his Masters degree in classical composition. In April of 2014, the Manhattan School of Music Composers’ Orchestra gave the world premiere of his first orchestral piece, Darkness Over the City. Having continued his studies toward becoming a first-rate composer, in 2017 Michael was accepted to UCLA for a Ph.D. in music composition with a specialization in visual media.

Working as a collaborator who tastefully mixes his love of filmmaking with an eclectic musical background, Michael has become a sought after film composer living in Los Angeles, California.

Work Experience

Sep 2009 - Feb 2019 Soundshare Music Publishing, Ltd

Soundshare Music Publishing, Ltd. is the publishing company that contains Michael Bryan Stein's entire music catalog. Between September 2018-February 2019, Stein has composed scores for over fifteen film & media projects. Please visit his website, www.michaelbryanstein.com to learn more about Michael's work.


PhD Music Composition for Visual Media
Sep 2018 - Jun 2021 UCLA
MA Music Composition
Sep 2014 - May 2016 Manhattan School of Music
BFA Jazz Piano Performance
Sep 2005 - Jun 2009 The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music