Greetings from Zhiyong Mike Li. a professional composer who mainly composes for Films, Television and Video Games. Originally from China and now based in the Los Angeles Area. Mike is extremely passionate and devoted to all of the projects that he is working on.
Mike is currently pursuing for a Bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music, with double majoring in Film Scoring & Electronic Production & Design, and minoring in Video Game Scoring.
Mike started his musical career since he was at the age of 8. As a musician, a music lover and a gamer, It’s been his dream and goal to immerse himself in the world of Film and Video game scoring and production
Mike has been playing Chinese Flute professionally for over 10 years and has been studying and writing musics for films and televisions for many years as well. As a composer originated from China, Mike always like to combine Eastern and Western elements into musics, Like to have an Asian instrument inside of an orchestral movement. Some of the musics such as in Overwatch, where the composer implemented many Japanese elements into a orchestral movement really attracted him and gave him a lot of inspirations onto writing musics.
Mike has been engaged with variety of musics including writing musics for Films and Visual medias, writing classical compositions based on a subject or theme, and also writing, arranging and orchestrating for contemporary musics such as pop songs, Jazz, Funk, etc.
In 2014, Mike moved from China to the United States and resided in Idyllwild, California. Throughout high school, Mike began his professional study in music composition with Dr. Mark Carson, who is a professor in music composition department at UCLA. Also he studied classical Piano with Ms. Parvati Mani. By three years of studying with Dr. Carlson and Ms. Mani, Mike has significantly richened his knowledges and experiences in music composition and Piano. By the time Mike moved to Boston for college, he was able to write a variety of musics in a very professional way, which is completely different with the way he writes music back in China.
Hard work pays off, In 2016, one of the films he scored for-- Please directed by Shirley Sui got nominated as the best student film in the Hollywood International Film Festival, Won Best student film in Idyllwild International film festival, best sound editing/mixing in Stardance Youth international film festival. And nominated for best film scoring in All American High School Film Festival.
In January 2019, Mike was offered for an internship with Hexany Audio LLC in Los Angeles, California.
Throughout his times at Hexany, Mike learned a lot about Video game workflow, how all the sounds and musics are implemented into a video game. It really changed his mind of how to make amazing musics and sounds happen in a video game.
"Music isn't just a way of entertainment. As a professional composer in 21st century, we are responsible to introduce music into people's life. I believe If I keep studying and writing musics, I will reach a much higher achievement and make musics for the world exhilaratingly.I'm extremely passionate to write musics with so much distinctive elements and details that I love. Unquestionably, every of the projects that I hand on will be extremely personalized, vivid, and detailed. " --Zhiyong Mike Li
Relevant Working experience & Notable Credits
2016-Present Freelance Composer for Films and Television
2016 - Composer for short film “Please” directed by Shirley Sui.
2016 - Composer for student film “No Caller ID” directed by Ethan Waldenburg.
2017 - Composer for short film “Mobius” directed by Shirley Sui.
2018 - Composer for Chinese TV Series “Evil Nights 罪夜无间.”
2019 - Composer for short film "Irretrievable" directed by Tianyi Liu
2019 Game Audio Internship at Hexany Audio LLC in Los Angeles, California.
V.O. Editor, Video Capturer and sound designer for numerous Video Games (including mobile games, AAA games and Theme Park Games),
Played and recorded Chinese Flute for numerous Chinese Video Game projects (Credits include Kingdom Craft, Arena of Valor, Honor of Kings, Moonlight Blade, etc.)
Designed and produced numerous Custom KONTAKT libraries for composer’s use.
Assisting composer Matthew Earl in Orchestra Recording Session for Chinese mobile game -- Kingdom Craft (乱世王者) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Recent Honors & Performance experience
2015 Solo Composition Recital at Idyllwild Arts Academy (Idyllwild, California)
2016 Idyllwild Arts Annual Film Screening — Three Film Scorings Nominated and Screened. (Idyllwild, California)
2016 Hollywood International Film Festival — Film Scoring — “Please” by Shirley Sui Nominated for Best Student Film. (Hollywood, California)
2017 All American High School Film Festival — Film Scoring — “Please” by Shirley Sui — Nominated Best Student Film and Best Original Score. (Manhattan, New York)
2017 Performed original composition written for Chinese Flute, Cello, Piano and Chinese traditional Silhouette “ The story of Nüwa” in Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts. (Beverly Hills, California)
2017 Senior Composition Recital At Idyllwild Arts Academy. (Idyllwild, California)
2018 and 2019 Elected twice by Berklee to perform piano and Chinese Flute on Fundraiser concert in Union Church. (Boston, Massachusetts)
2019 Participated as a member of Hexany Audio at Game Developers Conference (GDC). (San Francisco, California)