Penka Kouneva

Award-Winning Film & Game Composer with credits that include Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands, Transformers, and Gears of War Games

Focus: Meetings with developers in the Raleigh-Durham area during a quick business trip in February 2012.

Solution: Introductions that not only included studio reps, but also, a fellow composer, and board members for the East Coast Games Conference.

Results included an invitation for Penka to speak at the 2012 East Coast Games Conference and a contract for music composition with a developer. Later, the fellow composer to whom she was introduced branched out into game development and made a deal with Penka to use music from her album, A Warrior's Odyssey, in one of his games. Another contact ended up partnering with Penka for several game projects.

Her speaking cred at the East Coast Games Conference started Penka on the industry speaking circuit, helping her to secure a spot at GDC 2013.

"You were the greatest asset in building my business during the last year. Two biz development trips - to Raleigh/Durham and to GDC were fantastic. You are a Godsend." ...Penka Kouneva


The Woman Astronaut is an original concept album composed in cinematic orchestral-electronic style.

The album has 15 tracks falling into three acts about the life journey of an astronaut: adolescence-homeland, young adult, and maturity.

The Woman Astronaut was produced with Hollywood Studio Orchestra, top LA soloists and choir.

A Kickstarter campaign which raised $35,000 provided the funds for the orchestral recording.

Just like A Warrior’s Odyssey, Penka’s first orchestral album, The Woman Astronaut is a personal, autobiographical journey with universal resonance tackling the themes of perseverance, love, hope, destiny.