erik aho



Award-winning composer Erik Aho has written music for film, television, commercials and video games. 

In 2016 he composed the 60 minute orchestral score for the feature thriller "Magnum Opus" (2017).  In the same year he completed the minimalist score for the independent feature "Brown's Canyon" (2017).  He has written original music for The Amazing Race (CBS), The Bachelor (ABC), Blood Relatives (Discovery), The Miracle Workers (ABC) and has orchestrated on Timeless (NBC), Quantico (Netflix), The Family Guy (Fox), American Dad (Fox), The Whispers (ABC) and Castle (ABC).  His most recent work includes short films by emerging directors Kevin Molina-Ortiz (Stardust Echoes) and Matt Thompson (Lucy - VR experience).

He has composed music for numerous critically acclaimed and commercially successful video games. No One Lives Forever was chosen by critics as “Game of the Year” (Gamespy, PC Gamer, Computer Gaming World, Computer Games Magazine). Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates was called “The finest 3D medieval action-adventure game to grace any console” (Play magazine – 100/100) and praised for “breathtaking visuals, magnificent audio, and extraordinary game play” (Gaming Age 100/100). The Suffering, Midway’s action-horror title sold over 1.5 million units was again hailed by critics and gamers alike.

In the summer of 2013 Erik Aho invited to attend ASCAP’s prestigious Film and Television Composer’s Workshop and became the 2013 recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s David Rose Award. Chosen by over 60 musicians from the Hollywood film scoring community he also received the 2013 RMALA (Recording Musicians Association of Los Angeles) Grant.

He is co-founder of the commercial music production company WaxLab ( whose clients have included Honda, Activision, Adobe and Naturemade.

Erik’s initial foray into composing came in the form of instrumental and string-arranging work for acts like Unwritten Law (Interscope), Brandi Carlile (Columbia), The Fighting Machinists (Interscope) and Default (TVT).

Erik holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Washington and studied music at Berklee College of Music and UCLA.