Roman Kariolou started his career as a violinist, taking his first violin lesson at the age of three and performing his first concert a year later. At the age of five Yehudi Menuhin recognized his talent and invited him to join his class at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in London and from then on he continued his violin studies at the College of Music Lϋbeck, University of Music Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, University of Music Graz. As a child prodigy Roman has traveled through europe playing concerts in cities like Vienna, Paris, London, Prague, Athens.
Roman’s strong interest and talent in composition led him in 2004 to study at the Film Music Institute Los Angeles.
At a young age, Roman has already composed music for more than 50 Film and TV productions for major TV Stations such as the BBC, National Geographic, CBS, ZDF, ORF, ARD, ARTE and many more. Roman was commissioned to compose official Symphonic Anthems for the Olympic Winter Games, Handball Champions League, the European Championship and the Bank of Austria, as well as the Hymn for Cyprus. He furthermore composed music for large scale events like the Formula 1, Red Bull Air Race and the World Football Gala. Roman has worked with several renowned orchestras, such as the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava Symphony Orchestra and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Amongst Roman’s recent music film score credits are: Emmy nominated documentary
“Africas Wild West” National Geographic and BBC Series “Operation Stonehenge”,
Shadows from the Past, directed by Hollywood director Robert Dornhelm, The Forbidden Wife, directed by Hansjörg Thurn, Mother Teresa: Saint of Darkness, directed by Magdalena Koller,
Tatort: No Escape, directed by Fabian Eder, Lost and Found and Little Big Voice directed by
Wolfgang Murnberger. His documentary music scores include: Operation Stonhenge, Africas Wild West, Vanishing Kings, Amur, Mount St. Helens, Wasteland Warriors and Nora and the Revolution.
In 2009, Roman Kariolou was the winner of the ‘Vienna Film Music Award’. The prize was awarded to him by Bruce Broughton who was the chairman of the jury. Other members of the jury included the late composer John Barry and Hollywood director Robert Dornhelm.
In 2012, Roman was one of only a few composers selected worldwide through ASCAP to participate in their Hollywood Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis in Los Angeles.
In 2012, ASCAP presented Roman with the Harold Arlen Film & TV Award in NewYork.
In 2013, The Green Screen Festival, acknowledged Roman by awarding him the title of
‘Best Music’ for the film The Empress and the Forest.
In 2015, Roman has written the scores for two Emmy nominated productions.
“Operation Stonehenge” BBC and "Africas Wild West", National Geographic.