Steven Price (composer)

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Steven Price
Born (1977-04-22) 22 April 1977 (age 37)
Nottingham, England, UK
Other names Steve Price, Steven B. Price
Occupation Film composer
Years active 1996–present

Steven Price (born 22 April 1977) is a British film composer, best known for scoring The World's End and Gravity, both from 2013. For the latter film he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Price's passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Following graduation, he went to work in the London studio of Gang of Four guitarist/producer Andy Gill, for whom he would program, contribute string arrangements, and play on albums alongside artists such as Michael Hutchence and Bono.

Price went on to work as a programmer, arranger, and performer with film music composer Trevor Jones. He provided additional music for projects such as Roger Donaldson's Thirteen Days; Stephen Norrington's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Frank Coraci's Around the World in 80 Days; the television series Dinotopia; and Tamra Davis' Crossroads, on which he was also the featured guitar soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

A recommendation from Abbey Road Studios brought him to the attention of Howard Shore, leading to Price's work with the composer as music editor on Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. His subsequent films as music editor included Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, for which he shared with his fellow music editors a Golden Reel Award nomination; and, in his first project with The World's End director Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, on which he also collaborated with the film's composer Nigel Godrich. Among the other composers that he has worked with and learned from are Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams, Patrick Doyle, George Fenton, Dario Marianelli, and Anne Dudley.

He has composed music for advertising campaigns in both the U.K. and U.S. After contributing additional music to Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio, he composed the original score for Joe Cornish's sleeper success Attack the Block, winning awards from both the Austin Film Critics Association and the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.

In 2013, Price composed the score for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Composer[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2011 Attack the Block Joe Cornish Optimum Releasing with Basement Jaxx
2013 The World's End Edgar Wright Focus Features N/A
Gravity[1] Alfonso Cuarón Warner Bros. Pictures Academy Award for Best Original Score
BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
2014 Fury David Ayer Columbia Pictures N/A

Music department[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

In December 2013, the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association awarded him the Best Musical Score honor for his work on Gravity.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Steven Price (II)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Steven Price". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  3. ^ Martens, Todd (March 2, 2014). "Oscars 2014: Steven Price wins original score for 'Gravity'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Simek, Peter (December 16, 2013). "Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Name 12 Years a Slave Best Picture of 2013". D Magazine (Dallas, TX). Retrieved December 17, 2013. 

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