Christopher Young

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Christopher Young
Christopher Young by David Shankbone.jpg
Christopher Young in May 2007
Background information
Born (1958-04-28) April 28, 1958 (age 58)[citation needed]
Red Bank, New Jersey, United States[citation needed]
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Composer
Instruments Orchestra
Years active 1982–present

Christopher Young (born April 28, 1958) is an American music composer for both film and television.[1]

Many of his music compositions are for horror films, including Hellraiser, Tales from the Hood, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Urban Legend, and Drag Me to Hell. Other works include Lucky You and Spider-Man 3, for which he received the Film & TV Music Award for Best Score for a Dramatic Feature Film. He also made three cameo appearances in Spider-Man 3.

Young was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2008 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Young was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. He graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in music, and then completed his post-graduate work at North Texas State University. In 1980, he moved to Los Angeles. Originally a jazz drummer, when he heard some of Bernard Herrmann's works he decided to become a film composer. He studied at the UCLA Film School under David Raksin. He teaches at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.[3]