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Meet Balint Sapszon of Budapest Scoring

Today we’d like to introduce you to Balint Sapszon.

Balint, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in Budapest, Hungary in a family of musicians.

Started taking piano lessons at the age of seven, singing in the choir from a very early age. Studied in the Bartok Conservatory and graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music as a jazz arranger, composer and piano player.

At the age of 26, I moved to Los Angeles on a Fulbright scholarship to study film scoring at UCLA. After completing the program and earning the certificate, I extended my stay and started working in the film scoring industry first as an orchestrator and composer for shorts. I scored my first feature film in my third year of being in LA.

Shortly, I realized that composers around me are in need of an affordable recording service as very few can afford to record in town with local musicians. First, I helped with friends to record their scores by connecting them to our musicians in Budapest. One of them suggested to do this as a business, and after a short hesitation, I took his advice.

This is how I started Budapest Scoring that now provides music recording services for composers and producers all around the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
Coming from a different country I had to start from scratch. When I came to the US, I didn’t know anybody here. The scholarship helped a lot in the first months then I had to find gigs to be able to make a living.

I wrote songs and arrangements, performed with local bands and artists as a pianist, been on the road, played in theaters and jazz clubs until I got my first bigger scoring gig. The first three-four years were challenging then things started to come together.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Budapest Scoring specializes in music recording for media with mostly symphonic orchestra and choir and also chamber groups and soloists. We have clients from all over the world. With over a hundred film and TV credits, we established a reputation in the film scoring industry.

The Budapest Scoring orchestra has worked on the Super Bowl, various Disneyland shows, feature films including Jordan Peele’s Get Out, video games including The Elder Scrolls Online or the Total War series, recordings with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Al Jarreau, David Foster, Gladys Knight, Steve Tyrell among others, sample libraries with companies including Native Instruments.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like Los Angeles is the best city for a film composer and for a business like Budapest Scoring to be present.

Even though the competition is high, there are a lot more possibilities in LA than anywhere else in the world.


  • Half hour session with a 40-piece string orchestra for $765
  • Half hour session with a 59-piece full orchestra for $987

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