David Campbell (composer)

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David Campbell
Campbell in 2009
Campbell in 2009
Background information
Birth nameDavid Richard Campbell
Born (1948-02-07) February 7, 1948 (age 73)
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
InstrumentsViola, violin, piano
Years active1971–present

David Richard Campbell (born February 7, 1948) is a Canadian-American arranger, composer and conductor. He has worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums including 21 (Adele), Futuresex/Lovesounds (Justin Timberlake), The 2nd Law (Muse), Invincible (Michael Jackson), Spirit (Leona Lewis), Aaliyah (Aaliyah), Fallen and The Open Door (Evanescence), Meteora (Linkin Park), B'Day (Beyoncé), Bangerz (Miley Cyrus), The Astonishing (Dream Theater), 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, but 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 when Campbell was 10.[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, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Radiohead, Leona Lewis, Juanes, Dixie Chicks, Adele, Ricky Martin, Neil Diamond and Sheryl Crow.[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]

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][10][11] In February 2009 Campbell arranged Radiohead's "15 Step" for the band's collaboration with the USC Marching Band at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[12] 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.[13][14][15][16] He arranged and orchestrated for the Seattle Symphony and Pickwick's Sonic Evolution show on June 6, 2014.[17][18]

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.[19][20]

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.[21]

He created the song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring and orchestrations for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.[7][22]

Personal life[edit]

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

He is married to theatrical composer Pauline Frechette (aka Raven Kane).[23][24]

His father was a Presbyterian minister but Campbell himself has been a Scientologist for over 45 years.

In 2012, he donated to Ron Paul's campaign in the United States Presidential election.[3][25]


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

Year Film Role Directed by Notes / Accolades
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
2019 Cats Orchestrator, additional Arranger Tom Hooper
2019 The Goldfinch Orchestrator, Conductor John Crowley
2018 Free Solo Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi|, Jimmy Chin Wrote arrangement for Gravity
2017 The Shack Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Stuart Hazeldine Wrote arrangement for Keep Your Eyes On Me
2017 Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Lili Fini Zanuck
2016 In Search of Fellini Composer Taron Lexton
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
2004 Spider-Man 2 Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Sam Raimi
2004 Home on the Range Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Will Finn, John Sanford
2003 Brother Bear Arranger, Conductor Aaron Blaise, Robert Walker
2003 Daredevil Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Mark Steven Johnson
2002 Treasure Planet Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Ron Clements, John Musker
2002 Men in Black II Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Barry Sonnenfeld
2002 The Sum of All Fears Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Phil Alden Robinson
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
2001 Pearl Harbor Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Bay
2000 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Ron Howard
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Kalesniko
2000 Duets Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Bruce Paltrow
2000 The Prime Gig Orchestrator, Conductor Gregory Mosher
2000 Autumn in New York Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Joan Chen
2000 Coyote Ugly Conductor: Strings David McNally
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Dominic Sena
2000 Amores perros Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Alejandro González Iñárritu
2000 The Tigger Movie Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Jun Falkenstein
1999 Anywhere but Here Arranger. Orchestrator. Conductor Wayne Wang
1999 Music of the Heart Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Wes Craven
1999 Detroit Rock City Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Adam Rifkin
1999 Runaway Bride Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Garry Marshall
1999 Big Daddy Arranger, Conductor Dennis Dugan
1999 Tarzan Arranger: Strings Chris Buck, Kevin Lima Won Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song "You'll Be in My Heart"
1999 Cradle Will Rock Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tim Robbins
1999 The Other Sister Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Garry Marshall
1999 Message in a Bottle Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Luis Mandoki
1998 Patch Adams Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tom Shadyac
1998 Everything That Rises Orchestrator, Conductor Dennis Quaid
1998 Armageddon Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Michael Bay
1998 Hope Floats Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Forest Whitaker
1998 Savior Arranger, Orchestrator Predrag Antonijević
1998 City of Angels Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Brad Silberling
1997 Boogie Nights Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Paul Thomas Anderson
1997 Gattaca Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Andrew Niccol
1996 Grace of My Heart Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Allison Anders
1996 Unhook the Stars Arranger Nick Cassavetes
1996 Phenomenon Conductor, Arranger, Orchestrator Jon Turteltaub
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
1995 Mirage Composer Paul Williams
1994 Color of Night Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Richard Rush
1994 Jimmy Hollywood Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Barry Levinson
1994 8 Seconds Arranger, Conductor John G. Avildsen
1994 Backbeat Composer: additional music Iain Softley
1993 Calendar Girl Conductor, Arranger, Orchestrator John Whitesell
1993 Twenty Bucks Orchestrator, Conductor Keva Rosenfeld
1992 Bob Roberts Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tim Robbins
1992 Wayne's World Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Penelope Spheeris
1991 An American Tail: Fievel Goes West Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells
1990 Mermaids Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Richard Benjamin
1990 Days of Thunder Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Tony Scott
1989 Chances Are Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Emile Ardolino
1989 Mind Games Composer Bob Yari
1988 The Land Before Time Arranger Don Bluth
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)

List of album arrangements & singles[edit]



See also[edit]


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