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"As a filmmaker who found his way into the art through a background in music, Wilfred is the best singular representation of a creative, energizing and driven composer in my mind."
- Ralph Parker III, director/writer (Sammy, Without Strings)
WHO AM I?
I am a Chinese-German-Canadian composer for screen and stage from Toronto, Canada. I’ve written music for numerous short films and stage productions of wildly varying genres, including my award-winning score for Saudade, which was selected for the Cannes World Film Festival, the award-winning Sammy, Without Strings, and A Perfect Bowl of Pho, an original musical that most recently was named Patron's Pick at the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival after a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run. In February-March 2023, I had the privilege of being part of The Musical Stage Company's 2023 NoteWorthy workshop.
I started playing piano at age 7, and very quickly fell in love with the music of the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Junichi Masuda and Koji Kondo, all of whom are still important influences on my personal style. Another composer whose work greatly inspires me is Alexandre Desplat, whose more melodic and intimate film scores are among my favourites.
While studying Ethics, Society and Law at the University of Toronto, my drama geek friends got me involved with musical theatre. This was how my journey as a composer began, and when I realized that for me, true happiness lies in telling stories with music. I've never turned back. I obtained my Masters in Film Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the guidance of Chris Heckman.
My stylistic versatility and keen understanding of emotional storytelling is what makes my music particularly special. I hope you enjoy what you see and hear, and don't hesitate to reach out if you're interested in working together, or you just want to say hello! Also, there's a hidden secret you can find if you check out every link on this website (the secret is that you'll have fun).