David Campbell (composer)

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David Campbell
Campbell in 2009
Background information
Birth nameDavid Richard Campbell
Born (1948-02-07) 7 February 1948 (age 75)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresRock, pop, country, alternative, indie rock, hip hop, R&B, blues, jazz, punk, rock en español, metal, classical
Occupation(s)Arranger, composer, conductor
Instrument(s)Viola, violin, piano
Years active1971–present

David Richard Campbell (born 7 February 1948) is a Canadian-American arranger, composer, and conductor. He has composed and arranged music for many films, including North Country (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), August: Osage County (2013), Annie (2014), Foxcatcher (2014), Rock of Ages (2012), Dreamgirls (2007), and Joy (2015). He has also worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums by artists of a wide range of genres, including The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Radiohead, Evanescence, Rush, Beyoncé, Muse, Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles, Aerosmith, Garth Brooks, and various albums by his son Beck.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Campbell was born in Toronto, Ontario. His father, D. Warren Campbell, was from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was attending seminary in Toronto in order to become a Presbyterian minister. Campbell subsequently was assigned to a church in Pittsburgh, taking his family with him, before settling in Seattle.[4] Campbell took up the violin at age 9. At age 12, he began venturing into orchestration, studying the works of Bartók, Schoenberg and Stravinsky.[3][5]

In the late 1960s, after studying at Manhattan School of Music, Campbell moved from New York to Los Angeles and began studying pop music. He studied the music of The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, and The Rolling Stones, and he played bluegrass music for crowds in line for movies in Westwood Village.[3][5]


At age 23, Campbell played on his first major album, Tapestry, by Carole King. This led to his first arranger role, for King's Rhymes and Reasons album. Campbell also played viola on recording sessions such as Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and Bill Withers' "Lean on Me".[3][5][6] Since then, he has gone on to arrange songs for such artists as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Dream Theater, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Jessie J, Juanes, Tim McGraw, Adele, Ricky Martin, Barbra Streisand, and Miley Cyrus.[1][3][5][7]

As a composer, David has written music for many films including Joy, Paper Tigers and Colombia: magia salvaje. He has also arranged and orchestrated music for over 80 films including Annie (2014), Foxcatcher (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Rock of Ages (2012), Dreamgirls (2007), North Country (2005), and Brokeback Mountain (2005).[8] In 2010 he worked with Nigel Godrich on the score for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.[3][9] In 2016, he co-composed the 40-minute ballet Rules of the Game with Pharrell Williams.[10]

David has guest-conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl for Faith Hill, Death Cab for Cutie, Ray LaMontagne, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and The xx. He collaborated with Muse for the performance of "Survival", the official song of the London Olympics. He also collaborated with Beck for the Lincoln Motor Company ad campaign, "Hello, Again", which featured a live performance of Beck's "Sound and Vision" cover and included 167 live musicians playing simultaneously.[3][7][11][12] In February 2009 Campbell arranged Radiohead's "15 Step" for the band's collaboration with the USC Marching Band at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[13] He conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as arranged and orchestrated the music for Beck's Song Reader concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which featured many performers, including Childish Gambino, Juanes, Anne Hathaway, John C. Reilly, Jack Black, and Jarvis Cocker.[14][15][16][17] He arranged and orchestrated for the Seattle Symphony and Pickwick's Sonic Evolution show on 6 June 2014.[18][19]

In 2003, he served as conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra during their one-night performance with Kiss, which was released on the album Kiss Symphony: Alive IV. During the concert, Campbell and the members of the orchestra wore the iconic Kiss makeup along with the members of the band.

In 2018, for the LA Phil's 100th anniversary celebrations, David wrote arrangements for Chris Martin's and Corinne Bailey Rae's performances at Disney Hall, as well as Katy Perry's and Kali Uchis' performances at the Hollywood Bowl, all of which were conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.[20][21]

In 2019, he wrote arrangements for and conducted the LA Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Orchestra for Iron & Wine's 15th anniversary of Our Endless Numbered Days.[22]

He created the song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring and orchestrations for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.[7][23]

List of album arrangements and singles[edit]




Partial list of films that David Campbell's work contributed to.[8]

Year Film Role Directed by Notes / Accolades
2022 Promised Land Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Matt Lopez
2021 Finch Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Miguel Sapochnik
2021 Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles Arranger, Orchestrator Robert Rodriguez, Patrick Osborne Nominated: Grammy Award Best Music Film & MTV Video Music Awards VMA Best Longform Video
2021 Cinderella Arranger, Orchestrator Kay Cannon
2020 The Life Ahead Arranger, Orchestrator Edoardo Ponti Wrote orchestral arrangement for "Seen" by Laura Pausini
2020 Mulan (2020) Arranger, Orchestrator Niki Caro Wrote orchestra & choir arrangement for "Reflection"
2020 The One and Only Ivan Arranger, Orchestrator Thea Sharrock Wrote string arrangement for "Free" by Charlie Puth
2019 Cats Orchestrator, additional Arranger Tom Hooper Wrote string arrangement for "Beautiful Ghosts"
2019 The Goldfinch Orchestrator, Conductor John Crowley
2018 Roma Arranger Alfonso Cuarón Wrote arrangement for "Tarantula" by Beck
2018 Free Solo Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi|, Jimmy Chin Wrote arrangement for "Gravity" by Tim McGraw
2017 Thoroughbreds Songwriter Cory Finley Co-wrote "Chameleon" by Rome Will Burn
2017 The Shack Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Stuart Hazeldine Wrote arrangement for "Keep Your Eyes On Me" by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
2017 Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Lili Fini Zanuck
2016 In Search of Fellini Composer Taron Lexton
2015 Demolition Arranger Jean-Marc Vallée Wrote arrangement for "La Boheme"
2015 Joy Composer (with West Thordson) David O. Russell Nominated: Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
2015 Colombia, magia salvaje Composer Mike Slee
2015 Paper Tigers Composer: additional music James Redford
2014 Annie Orchestrator Will Gluck
2014 Serena Orchestrator Susanne Bier
2014 Effie Gray Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Richard Laxton
2014 Foxcatcher Orchestrator Bennett Miller
2013 August: Osage County Arranger John Wells
2013 World War Z Orchestrator, Conductor Marc Forster
2012 Rock of Ages Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Adam Shankman
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Edgar Wright
2008 W. Arranger Oliver Stone
2008 The Yellow Handkerchief Arranger: Strings Udayan Prasad
2007 This Christmas Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Preston A. Whitmore II
2007 Things We Lost in the Fire Conductor Susanne Bier
2007 The Brothers Warner Composer Cass Warner
2006 Rocky Balboa Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Sylvester Stallone
2006 Dreamgirls Arranger: Strings Bill Condon
2006 Flicka Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Mayer
2005 Rent Conductor: Strings and Horns Chris Columbus
2005 North Country Conductor Niki Caro
2005 Trust the Man Orchestrator Bart Freundlich
2005 Brokeback Mountain Arranger: Strings Ang Lee Won Oscar for Best Original Score
2004 Friday Night Lights Orchestrator Peter Berg
2004 Raise Your Voice Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Sean McNamara
2004 Ladder 49 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Jay Russell Wrote string arrangement for "Shine Your Light" by Robbie Robertson
2004 Spider-Man 2 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Sam Raimi Wrote string arrangement for "Ordinary" by Train
2004 Home on the Range Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Will Finn, John Sanford
2003 Brother Bear Arranger, Conductor Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker Wrote string arrangement for "Look Through My Eyes" by Phil Collins
2003 Daredevil Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Mark Steven Johnson Wrote string arrangements for "For You" by The Calling and Evanescence songs
2002 Treasure Planet Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Ron Clements, John Musker Wrote string arrangement for "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)" by John Rzeznik
2002 Men in Black II Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Barry Sonnenfeld Wrote string arrangement for "Black Suits Comin' (Nod Ya Head)" by Will Smith
2002 The Sum of All Fears Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Phil Alden Robinson Wrote string arrangement for "If We Could Remember" by Yolanda Adams
2002 The Sweetest Thing Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Roger Kumble
2002 The Hunchback of Notre Dame II Arranger, Conductor Bradley Raymond
2001 America's Sweethearts Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Joe Roth Wrote string arrangement for "Some Hearts" by Kelly Levesque
2001 Pearl Harbor Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Bay Wrote string arrangement for "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
2000 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Ron Howard Wrote string arrangement for "Where Are You Christmas?" by Faith Hill
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Kalesniko
2000 Duets Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Bruce Paltrow Wrote string arrangement for "Cruisin'" by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow
2000 The Prime Gig Orchestrator, Conductor Gregory Mosher
2000 Autumn in New York Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Joan Chen Wrote string arrangement for "Beautiful" by Jennifer Paige
2000 Coyote Ugly Conductor: Strings David McNally Wrote string arrangements for songs by LeAnn Rimes
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Dominic Sena Wrote string arrangement for "Painted on My Heart" by The Cult
2000 Amores perros Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Alejandro González Iñárritu Wrote string arrangements for Café Tacuba songs
2000 The Tigger Movie Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Jun Falkenstein Wrote string arrangement for "Your Heart Will Lead You Home" by Kenny Loggins
1999 Anywhere but Here Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Wayne Wang Wrote string arrangement for "Leaving's Not Leaving" by LeAnn Rimes
1999 Music of the Heart Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Wes Craven Wrote string arrangement for "Turn the Page" by Aaliyah
1999 Detroit Rock City Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Adam Rifkin Wrote string arrangement for "Nothing Can Keep Me from You" by Kiss
1999 Runaway Bride Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Garry Marshall Wrote string arrangements for "Blue Eyes Blue" by Eric Clapton, "And That's What Hurts" by Hall & Oates, and "You Can't Hurry Love" by Dixie Chicks
1999 Big Daddy Arranger, Conductor Dennis Dugan Wrote string arrangement for "What Is Life" by Shawn Mullins
1999 Tarzan Arranger: Strings Chris Buck, Kevin Lima Won Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song "You'll Be in My Heart"
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Arranger Jay Roach Wrote orchestra arrangements for "Espionage" by Green Day
1999 Cradle Will Rock Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tim Robbins Wrote string arrangements for Marc Blitzstein songs
1999 The Other Sister Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Garry Marshall Wrote string arrangement for "Loving You Is All I Know" by The Pretenders
1999 Message in a Bottle Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Luis Mandoki Wrote string arrangement for "Only Lonely" by Hootie & the Blowfish
1998 Playing by Heart Arranger Willard Carroll Wrote string arrangement for "Walk Into This Room" by Ed Kowalczyk and Neneh Cherry
1998 Patch Adams Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tom Shadyac Wrote string arrangement for "Faith of the Heart" by Rod Stewart
1998 Everything That Rises Orchestrator, Conductor Dennis Quaid
1998 Armageddon Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Bay Wrote string arrangement for "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by Chantal Kreviazuk
1998 Hope Floats Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Forest Whitaker Wrote string arrangements for
"Chances Are" by Bob Seger and Martina McBride
"What Makes You Stay" by Deana Carter
"To Get Me to You" by Lila McCann
"Smile" by Lyle Lovett
1998 Savior Arranger, Orchestrator Predrag Antonijević
1998 City of Angels Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Brad Silberling Wrote string arrangements for "Uninvited" by Alanis Morissette and "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls
1997 Boogie Nights Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Paul Thomas Anderson Wrote string arrangement for "Lonely Boy" by Andrew Gold
1997 Gattaca Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Andrew Niccol Wrote string arrangement for source music by Django Reinhardt
1996 Grace of My Heart Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Allison Anders Wrote string arrangements for "Between Two Worlds" by Shawn Colvin, "Truth Is You Lied" by Jill Sobule, and songs by Kristen Vigard
1996 Unhook the Stars Arranger Nick Cassavetes
1996 Phenomenon Conductor, Arranger, Orchestrator Jon Turteltaub Wrote string arrangements for "Crazy Love" by Aaron Neville and "Have a Little Faith in Me" by Jewel
1996 Movies Money Murder Composer Stephen Eckelberry, Arthur Webb
1995 Dead Man Walking Orchestrator, Conductor Tim Robbins
1995 Boys on the Side Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Herbert Ross Wrote strings arrangements for "You Got It" by Bonnie Raitt and "Somebody Stand by Me" by Stevie Nicks
1995 Mirage Composer Paul Williams
1994 Color of Night Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Richard Rush Wrote string arrangement for "The Color of the Night" by Lauren Christy
1994 Jimmy Hollywood Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Barry Levinson Wrote string arrangement for "Let the Good Times Roll" by Robbie Robertson and Cassandra Wilson
1994 8 Seconds Arranger, Conductor John G. Avildsen Wrote string arrangement for "You Hung the Moon" by Patty Smyth
1994 Backbeat Composer: additional music Iain Softley
1993 Calendar Girl Conductor, Arranger, Orchestrator John Whitesell Wrote string arrangement for "Out of My Dreams" by Aaron Neville
1993 Twenty Bucks Orchestrator, Conductor Keva Rosenfeld
1992 Bob Roberts Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tim Robbins
1992 Wayne's World Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Penelope Spheeris Wrote string arrangement for "Feed My Frankenstein" by Alice Cooper
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells Wrote string arrangement for "Dreams to Dream" by Linda Ronstadt
1990 Mermaids Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Richard Benjamin Wrote string arrangements for Cher songs
1990 Days of Thunder Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tony Scott Wrote string arrangement for "Show Me Heaven" by Maria McKee
1989 Chances Are Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Emile Ardolino Wrote string arrangement for "After All" by Cher and Peter Cetera
1989 Mind Games Composer Bob Yari
1988 The Land Before Time Arranger Don Bluth Wrote string arrangement for "If We Hold on Together" by Diana Ross
1986 Poltergeist II: The Other Side Arranger, Conductor, Orchestrator Brian Gibson
1985 Murphy's Romance Conductor, Orchestrator Martin Ritt
1985 Stand Alone Composer Alan Beattie
1984 Breakin' Through Composer Peter Medak
1984 Night of the Comet Composer Thom Eberhardt
1983 All the Right Moves Composer Michael Chapman
1982 The Plague Dogs Orchestrator Martin Rosen, Tony Guy
1982 Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody Composer Fred Wolf
1980 Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz Composer: additional music Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
1979 Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies Composer Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf
1979 The Rose Conductor, Arranger, Orchestrator Mark Rydell
1978 Puff the Magic Dragon Composer Charles Swenson, Fred Wolf Nomination: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement – Animation Program (music)

Personal life[edit]

Campbell has two sons and one daughter with Bibbe Hansen: musician Beck Hansen, artist Channing Hansen, and Alyssa Suede.

He is married to theatrical composer Pauline Frechette (aka Raven Kane).[29][30]

Campbell is a long-time practicing Scientologist.[31][32]

In 2012, he donated to Ron Paul's campaign in the United States Presidential election.[3][33]

See also[edit]


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  29. ^ Kane, Raven. "Raven Kane Biography". Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  30. ^ Davis, John T. "SXSW review: Alyssa Suede". www.johntonline.com. Archived from the original on 17 September 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
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  33. ^ "Presidential Candidates: Contributions from celebrities, 2012 Cycle | OpenSecrets". www.opensecrets.org.