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 has15 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 ("Hollywood composers, take note"). Kobakov also scored Cold Blooded, a crime thriller that won the Audience Award at the 2012 Fantasia Film Festival. The Husband, (2013) and Hellions (2015) both directed by Bruce McDonald received critical acclaim at festivals worldwide. You can hear Todor's brooding score to the TV series Bitten which has now completed its 3rd and final season on Space and Syfy.
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 and collaborator Maya Postepski (of the group Austra) completed the score to, Closet Monster. Todor 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.
Todor received a Canadian Screen Award nomiation this year for his score to the Syfy series Bitten and his mini-series Cardinal will soon premiere on CTV.