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Alex Wurman

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Alex Wurman
Film composer Alex Wurman at a recording studio mixing board
Wurman in 2019
Background information
Born (1966-10-05) 5 October 1966 (age 57)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresFilm score
Instrument(s)Piano, keyboard, synthesizer, guitar
Years active1993–present

Alex Wurman (born October 5, 1966) is an American composer who hails from Chicago. He is best known for his film scores to March of the Penguins, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and the TV series Patriot.

Early life and career[edit]

Wurman was born in Chicago, to parents Brenda and Hans Wurman, both musicians. His father was a Jewish arranger and composer who wowed the world of electronic music with one of the first Moog synthesizer recordings ('Moog Strikes Bach,' RCA 1969), and before that he escaped from Austria during the Anschluss period of Nazi rule.[1] His brother was cellist Felix Wurman.[2][3][4]

Wurman attended Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. He went on to study at the University of Miami in Coral Gables and later the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.

After moving to Los Angeles in his early twenties, Wurman began scoring films for students at the American Film Institute.[5]

Wurman has written many film scores, including those for the Oscar-winning documentary March of the Penguins, plus Hollywood Homicide, Criminal, Anchorman, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, What Doesn't Kill You, The Nines, Hero, The Switch, Unfinished Business, Run Fatboy Run, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the contemporary interpretations of French impressionism in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, the first season of Newsroom and Temple Grandin for which he won the 2010 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score).[6] He was previously nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2008 for Bernard and Doris.

Wurman was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[7]

As of June 2019, his most recent score is the Epix TV series Perpetual Grace, LTD.[8]


Primetime Emmy Awards

BMI Film and TV Awards

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Awards

  • 2011: The Last Lions (Best Music)[12]


  1. ^ Kate Linthicum (2009-12-31). "Felix Wurman dies at 51; cellist founded Church of Beethoven performance series". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Linthicum, Kate (31 December 2009). "Felix Wurman dies at 51; cellist founded Church of Beethoven performance series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  3. ^ Mix Magazine
  4. ^ "Official Biography". Archived from the original on 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
  5. ^ "Alex Wurman - Biography - IMDB". IMDb. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Billboard.com Glee,' Composers Sean P. Callery, Alex Wurman Win At Creative Arts Emmys'
  7. ^ Independent Music Awards - Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Alex Wurman Scoring Epix's 'Perpetual Grace, LTD' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  9. ^ BMI Film and TV Awards 2007
  10. ^ BMI Film and TV Awards 2006
  11. ^ BMI Film and TV Awards 2005
  12. ^ "Jackson Hole Film Festival Awards 2011". Archived from the original on 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2015-09-05.

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