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David Newman


About this Artist

David Newman is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 30-year career, he has scored more than 110 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers to the more recent Five Flights Up and Serenity. His music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa, top-grossing comedies Galaxy Quest and Throw Momma from the Train, and award-winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster, and Anastasia. Newman holds an Academy Award nomination for his score to Anastasia and was the first composer to have a piece—1001 Nights—performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Filmharmonic series, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor and appears with leading orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Cleveland Orchestra. In fall 2017, Newman conducted the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of the live-to-picture presentation of John Williams’ epic film series Star Wars—Episodes IV, V, VI, and VII.

The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman and an active composer for the concert hall himself, David Newman has written works that have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony, as well as at the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, and Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. He also composed a violin-and-orchestra suite for Sarah Chang, based on songs from West Side Story.

Passionate about nurturing the next generation of musicians, Newman served on the board of the American Youth Symphony until the 59-year-old orchestra closed its doors in February. In 2010, he served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the Film Scoring Program.

Newman and his wife, Krystyna, are the parents of two girls, Diana and Brianne.