- David Newman (composer)
David Newman Born David Louis Newman
March 11, 1954
Los Angeles, California U.S.
Occupation composer, orchestrator, conductor Spouse Krystyna Newman
David Louis Newman (born March 11, 1954) is an American composer and conductor known particularly for his film scores. In a career spanning nearly forty years, he has composed music for nearly 100 feature films.
Life and career
Newman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Mississippi-born Martha Louise (née Montgomery) and Hollywood composer Alfred Newman. He is the brother of Thomas Newman and the cousin of Randy Newman, both of whom are also composers of film scores. An accomplished violinist, and successful concert conductor, Newman was educated at the University of Southern California.
His first film work was on Tim Burton's short film 'Frankenweenie' in 1984. In 1987 he scored Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train. This was his first collaboration with DeVito, and he went on to score nearly all of his subsequent films, including The War of the Roses (1989), Other People's Money (1991), Hoffa (1992), Matilda (1996) and Death to Smoochy (2002). Newman has also scored the comedies The Flintstones (1994), The Mighty Ducks (1992), The Nutty Professor (1996), and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).
Like his counterpart Henry Mancini, Newman's credits during the early of his career were mostly scoring B-movies such as The Runestone (1990) and The Kindred (1987) before he gradually transits to score mostly comedy films during his prime such as Bowfinger (1999), The Freshman (1990) and The Spy Next Door (2010). His latest score The Spirit (2008) was a tribute to Mancini's 1950s and 60s neo-noir scores such as Touch of Evil (1958) or Experiment in Terror (1962).
He received an Academy Award nomination for the score to the animated film Anastasia, following his father, who scored the 1956 live-action version. However, he lost to Anne Dudley for The Full Monty. His other scores include Critters, The Phantom, The Brave Little Toaster, Malone, Ice Age, and Serenity, among others.
In 1997, Newman began a four year stint as the music director for the Sundance Institute, and he has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra on several occasions. That year, he also re-recorded the Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare, composed by his father Alfred.
On May 21, 2009, Newman was honored with the Richard Kirk award at the annual BMI Film & Television Awards. The prestigious award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.
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