Todor Kobakov


Blend the classically infused history of Eastern Europe with the experimental edge of Canadian indie rock and you have before you Todor Kobakov: composer, producer and missionary of genius gadgetry. Todor has 14 feature film scores to his credit, including 'The Samaritan' (2012) - a dark thriller featuring Samuel L. Jackson for which Todor's work was praised by Variety Magazine. Kobakov also scored 'Cold Blooded', a crime thriller that won the Audience Award at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival. The Husband, (2013) directed by Bruce McDonald received critical acclaim at festivals worldwide and 'Hellions'also directed by Bruce McDonald made its world premiere at Sundance 2015.

A key player in Toronto's indie music scene, Todor has created transcendent string arrangements for the likes of Lights, Metric, Stars, Emily Haines, k-os, Dan Mangan, Lily Frost, Small Sins, Whitehorse and others. His recent collaboration was as orchestrator and conductor on Sarah Bareilles album, 'The Blessed Unrest', nominated for a Grammy in 2014– ‘Album of the Year’, running against fellow artists, Daft Punk, Macklemore & Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, & Taylor Swift. Todor's solo piano album debut, 'Pop Music', was released in 2010 to glowing critical acclaim - "A piano stylist in the gorgeous, whimsical form of Erik Satie" - Globe and Mail. A modern take on classical form, 'Pop Music' features collaborations with Emily Haines, and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio. Todor regularly collaborates with some of Canada’s top artists, co-scoring 'Closet Monster' with Maya Postepski (of the group Austra). He also co-scored the feature films 'Born to Be Blue' (starring Ethan Hawke) and 'The Steps'. All three films premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. 'Born to Be Blue' was awarded a CSA in 2017 - Best Original Music for a Feature Film

Todor is currently scoring season 3 of the crime drama mini-series 'Cardinal' and was recently honoured with a Canadian Screen Award for his work on season 1 of the same series. He is also scoring the second season of the CBS crime drama 'Ransom'. His latest feature film, thriller 'Backstabbing For Beginners' stars Theo James, Jacqueline Bisset and Ben Kingsley and is due for release in 2018.