It’s a place where talented kids from the ages of 15-27 come together every weekend and rehearse, with the idea of performing the standard classical music repertoire, and the music of our time. We’re the only organization in the Los Angeles area that draws [100 musicians] from 33 high schools and colleges. So, it’s a training orchestra, but it’s almost the same as a professional orchestra, the quality is so good.”
– David Newman
DAVID NEWMAN is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film.
In his 30-year career, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent Tarzan and Serenity. Newman’s music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace, Hoffa and Frank Miller’s The Spirit; top-grossing comedies Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, Throw Mama From the Train; and award-winning animated films Ice Age and The Brave Little Toaster. He holds an Academy Award® nomination for his score to the animated feature, Anastasia. His most recent score is for the Morgan Freeman, Diana Keaton movie, “5 Flights Up” that opened in May 2015.
Newman is also a highly sought-after conductor and appears with leading orchestras throughout the world. He has led subscription weeks with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and regularly conducts the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl. In July 2011, he premiered West Side Story (Film with Live Orchestra) with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and has conducted the work with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Sydney and Boston symphonies. Newman has also conducted the annual movie night at the Hollywood Bowl since 2007. Newman’s most recent performances took place in Lucerne, Switzerland with the 21st Century Orchestra premiering the Film with Live Orchestra version of Back To The Future.
Newman has spent considerable time unearthing and restoring film music classics for the concert hall and headed the Sundance Institute’s music preservation program in the late 1980s. That work continues while serving on the board of the American Youth Symphony since 2007.
The son of nine-time Oscar-winning composer, Alfred Newman, David Newman was born in Los Angeles in 1954. He studied violin and piano from an early age and earned degrees in orchestral conducting and violin performance from the University of Southern California. From 1977-1982 he worked extensively as a violinist in the motion picture and television industry. He is married to wife, Krystyna, and is the father of two girls, Diana and stepdaughter, Brianne.