Winner at theTribeca Film Festival for Native New Yorker, Susman who scored and produced this film also won best documentary short at the Moondance International Film Festival and best film score at Park City Film Music Festival. Native New Yorker has aired on WNET/PBS, Canada’s Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) and Palm Pictures VOD on Comcast and at over 20 film festivals worldwide.
Airing in May 2009, he scored When Medicine Got it Wrong for PBS. Another score Balancing Acts: A Jewish Theatre in the Soviet Union for the Chagall exhibit at the Jewish Museum New York, ran November 2008 – March 2009 and will travel to San Francisco April – September 2009. These scores feature cellist Joan Jeanrenaud. Both scores were released on the album MUSIC FOR MOVING PICTURES which has aired nationally on Echoes as well as New Sounds on WNYC and Concertzender in Europe.
The soundtrack to FATE OF THE LHAPA featuring Joan Jeanrenaud, cello and Tsering Wangmo vocals won best film score at the 2007 Moondance International Film Festival and 2008 Park City Film Music Festival. This album was released on CD in October, 2007 and reached Top 5 on the syndicated radio show ECHOES.
Mr. Susman also scored the controversial documentary OIL ON ICE winner of numerous awards including the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award and best film score at the Moondance International Film Festival.
He has scored numerous films for The Discovery Channel including Deep Under the Ice and Alaska's Arctic Wildlife which are frequently broadcast in the US and around the world. Other scores for television include Indonesia, The Philippines, Southern Africa Safari, Discovering the Amazon and the Andes, Exploring Tropical Australia and The Elephant Seals of Ano Nuevo.
The innovative and evocative music of William Susman can be heard both in the concert hall as well as on film. Mr. Susman's music integrates diverse influences spanning the western classical and jazz tradition to science and numerology. Rhythm plays a strong role in his music through musical devices such as the Afro-Cuban Montuño, Medieval Hocket and Isorhythm.
Some of the world's greatest soloists such as 2008 Grammy-nominee Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos), Joseph Gramley (Silk Road Ensemble), and David Holzman (2003 Grammy nominee) perform and record his award-winning concert works and film scores.
Mr. Susman's international recognition began in his early 20s winning a series of America's most distinguished awards in music composition from ASCAP, BMI, and The Fromm Foundation at Harvard in addition to ALEA III's KUCYNA, The Percussive Arts Society and an invitation from IRCAM. Major music festivals include Gaudeamus International Musicweek in Amsterdam and the Aspen Music Festival. He continues to garner worldwide acclaim with his scores for both symphonic and film music through awards, commissions and performances.