Biography and works
Fruchtman was born in Los Angeles, California and began piano lessons at the age of three. After graduating from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, California, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Berklee College of Music and was awarded the Symphony Hall Composer Award. He received an Advanced Studies Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied with renowned composers David Raksin, Christopher Young, Joe Harnell, Jack Smalley and David Spear.
Fruchtman composed scores for the first two feature films directed by Amber Benson, (best known from her role as Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Chance was winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival and was followed by Lovers, Liars & Lunatics. Following their film collaborations, Fruchtman produced and arranged Benson’s vocal debut on the album You Are Light.
Fruchtman was commissioned to write The Journey, a four-movement piece for narrator, chorus, and orchestra. This epic piece, written expressly for the New York City Master Chorale, tells the historic tale of settlers migrating across the Oregon Trail to the Pacific Ocean. Under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, the New York City Master Chorale premiered The Journey on May 31, 2009 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern performed the narrator role.