Lesley Barber


A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2016, film composer Lesley Barber writes music marked by intelligence and emotional depth. She has scored a string of award-winning and highly acclaimed projects, including Kenneth Lonergan's multi-award-winning and Oscar-nominated film, Manchester by the Sea.

A multi-instrumentalist, conductor and pianist, Lesley's interest in modern electronic programming, loops, and effects adds dimension to her work, creating hybrid atmospheric scores with lush orchestration with an innate ability to bring the essential to light and avoid the cliché.

Her distinguished list of credits include Lonergan's Oscar-winning You Can Count On Me; Jerry Rothwell's award-winning documentary How To Change The World; Patricia Rozema's Mansfield Park; Mira Nair's Golden Globe winning Hysterical Blindness; Mary Harron's Moth Diaries; the children's classic Little Bear with Maurice Sendak; Yo-Yo Ma: Six Gestures; Boaz Yakin's Price Above Rubies; Wiebke Von Carolsfeld's Marion Bridge; and the recently released powerhouse doc The Apology by Tiffany Hsiung.

Other recent films include a remake of the film Beaches; Attiya Khan's award-winning documentary A Better Man; Boarding School, a horror adventure film written directed by Boaz Yakin; the Netflix premiere of Irreplaceable You, directed by Stephanie Laing; and the Haifaa Al-Mansour directed Nappily Ever After, starring Sanaa Lathan.

Lesley's current films include the upcoming American Woman, produced by Killer Films and directed by Semi Chellas; Late Night starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling, directed by Nisha Ganatra; and Lauren Greenfield's Fantasy Island.

Lesley is a proud and active member of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, which has taken a leading role in the much-publicized diversity conversation now occurring in Hollywood. She has a passion for good food, great cities and interesting company.