David Newman

Widely recognized as one of Hollywood's foremost composers, David Newman continues to thrill audiences with new additions to an already vast and impressive catalogue of film scores. In his career of 20 years, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Hoffa, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent Serenity and Ice Age. The recipient of numerous honors from the motion picture and classical music industries, he holds an Academy Award nomination for his score to the animated feature Anastasia, and he was the first composer to have his piece, 1001 Nights, performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Filmharmonic Series. Newman is revered not only for his original voice but for his expert versatility which has enabled him to collaborate on such diverse projects as the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa, and top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, The Flintstones, Throw Mama From the Train and War of the Roses, and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave little Toaster and Anastasia.

In 1987, Newman was selected by Robert Redford as music director of the Sundance Institute. During his tenure he wrote an original score and conducted the Utah Symphony for the classic silent motion picture Sunrise which opened the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. As a benefit for the Film Music Preservation Program at Sundance, he began to conduct a series of concerts throughout the country and has since been committed to unearthing and restoring film music classics for the concert hall. In March 2007, he was elected president of the Film Music Society, a nonprofit organization formed by entertainment industry professionals to preserve and restore motion picture and television music. As a Hollywood composer, Newman has the distinction of being a highly sought-after conductor, appearing with leading symphony orchestras throughout the world in both the film and classical repertory, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony and the American Symphony at Avery Fischer Hall. In the 2005/06 season he led a subscription week with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert. Also an active composer for the concert hall, Newman wrote a six-movement Concerto for Winds for the Long Beach (Calif.) Symphony Orchestra, premiering one movement at a time (spotlighting the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn) throughout the symphony's 2006/07 season. In recent seasons, Newman's concert works have been performed at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago's Grant Park Music Festival. The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer, Alfred Newman, cousin of recording artist and film composer Randy Newman, and brother of film composer Thomas Newman, Newman was born in Los Angeles and earned degrees in orchestral conducting and violin from the University of Southern California. Married to wife Krystyna for the last 25 years, he is the father of two girls, Diana and stepdaughter Brianne.

 

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