JAMES NEWTON HOWARD (Composer) is a leading figure of Hollywood's new film composing generation, James Newton Howard has scored more than 60 pictures since he began in 1985 with the comedy, Head Office. His work has been acknowledged by multiple Oscar® and Emmy nominations, as well as a Golden Globe and Grammy (the song from One Fine Day).

Howard is so highly regarded that the same people request him over and over again. He has, for example, scored two Kevin Costner epics (Waterworld and The Postman); three very different films for Lawrence Kasdan (Mumford, Grand Canyon and Wyatt Earp), four for Michael Hoffman (One Fine Day, Restoration, Some Girls and Promised Land) as well as Ivan Reitman (Father's Day, Space Jam, Junior, Dave), and upwards of 10 for producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson, including Falling Down, The Fugitive, The Devil's Advocate.

The composer has worked previously with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, on The Sixth Sense and Alive. He has called Alive, which was directed by Frank Marshall, "the film where I could really see my growth as a symphonic composer." He may feel similarly about Snow Falling on Cedars, for it represents a real departure from his previous compositions.

Trained in classical piano from age four, Howard studied at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the U. S. C. School of Music. Soon after graduation, he set his sights on a career in pop music, however, studying orchestration under the legendary arranger Marty Paich. Soon he was working as a session musician for titans like Diana Ross, Melissa Manchester and Harry Nilsson; he was also a keyboardist for Elton John both on the road and in the studio.

In the late 1970's, Howard began producing recordings. By the '80s he was collaborating with such artists as Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Glenn Frey and Chaka Kahn before changing course again, to film music.

Known for his robust orchestral scores laced with electronic sounds, Howard's compositions have made a major impact in such box office smashes as Major League, Pretty Woman and Three Men and a Little Lady. His Academy Award nominations were for his original scores for My Best Friend's Wedding, One Fine Day, The Fugitive and Prince of Tides. He received triple nominations for his song, "For the First Time," from the Michelle Pfeiffer starrer, One Fine Day, and Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for best song, "Look What Love Has Done" from Junior.

His television work includes the memorable theme song from E. R., for which he has twice received Emmy nominations.

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