If you’ve watched a major sporting event in the past few years, you’ve heard the music of Boris Zelkin. He immigrated to Brooklyn from the Soviet Union in the 70s. Now he scores segments for ESPN, everything from the Masters to the X Games.Boris tells the WSJ how he got his start:
A buddy of mine, who was editing [television coverage of] the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, asked for a CD of my music. A week after the Olympics he asked me to work on ESPN and Disney projects. They’ve been using me since.
This Master’s clip is surprisingly artsy, like when the hyperfast minimalist arpeggios kick in to suggest the acute Zen mental awareness of a golfer in mid-swing.
There are conventional elements as well. The deep-in-thought piano tones at the end could segue into an insurance commercial without missing a beat. And you know insurance advertisers love golf fans.