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David Campbell


About this Artist

Arranger-conductor David Campbell has guest-conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Dallas, Melbourne, and Baltimore Symphony orchestras, the Tokyo and Queensland Philharmonic orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games. He conducted the orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for shows by The xx, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab for Cutie, Faith Hill, Ray LaMontagne, Willie Nelson, and Beck. 

His arrangement work appears on more than 425 gold or platinum albums, including 23 Grammy Albums of the Year (nominees and winners). His film work has earned him two Oscars and two Oscar nominations for music.  

Campbell grew up in Seattle, studying violin, viola, piano, orchestration, and conducting from an early age. After studying with iconic viola virtuoso William Primrose, he attended Manhattan School of Music and played several seasons with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall under Leopold Stokowski. In his early days as a studio musician in LA, he was fortunate to play on historic sessions such as Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” and Carole King’s “Tapestry.” 

The official song of the 2012 London Olympics, “Survival,” featured a collaborative choir arrangement by Muse and Campbell. In 2013, Campbell co-arranged and conducted the 167-member orchestra for Beck’s “Sound & Vision” 360-degree video project.