Michael Price (composer)
||This biographical article is written like a résumé. (January 2013)|
Michael Price - portrait by Alexander Schneider - taken at Vox-Ton in Berlin
The son of a Physics teacher and Biology teacher Michael studied music at school, before starting his music career on the Tonmeister course at Surrey University, where he won the PRS composition prize in 1990. After writing a number of scores for contemporary dance in his early 20s, he became Musical Director of DNA Dance and Music, whose projects included the arts council funded chamber opera "All the Garden Gold", based on the life of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Michael's first film work was in 1996, when he was invited by Michael Kamen to orchestrate and program electronic sounds for the Paramount film Event Horizon. This led to a 5-year working relationship encompassing a number of film scores in London, LA and Prague, and concerts in Berlin, New York, San Francisco and Geneva. Following the production of the score to Band of Brothers, Michael was approached to music edit on The Fellowship of the Ring for New Line Cinema.
Prior to work as a composer, Michael worked as a music editor with films including Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard Curtis' Love Actually, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason and Nanny McPhee. As a music editor, Michael has been nominated for 4 MPSE Golden Reel Awards, winning in 2001 for The Fellowship of the Ring.
Michael has also worked with fellow composer David Arnold since 2002, with whom he has written and arranged on a number of projects, including Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz, The Inbetweeners Movie and The Inbetweeners 2. Michael and David co-compose the music for Sherlock, the BBC television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, that premièred on BBC1 on 25 July 2010. In 2015, Michael and David also co-composed the music for ITV's Jekyll and Hyde television series which premièred in October 2015.
Michael also composed the score for the film Wild Target, a romantic comedy directed by Jonathan Lynn and starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett and Rupert Grint. This commission followed Michael's score for Wild Child, Working Title's teen film released in the UK in 2009. In 2015 Michael scored the ITV crime drama Unforgotten, starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.
In addition to composing for Zentropa's Dommeren and Slingshot Studios' Sugarhouse he scored 2 documentaries for famous producer and director Alfonso Cuarón; The Possibility of Hope, and Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine, both in 2007. Michael met Cuarón when he scored additional music for the Academy Award winning feature Children of Men, working with Cuarón as music editor.
Beginning his career as a pianist and composer for contemporary dance, he has now established the Michael Price Trio and Ensemble to perform his own work in diverse venues across the world, including the Royal Albert Hall, London, the Casa da Musica, Porto, Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, and the Stadsschouwburg in Leuven. Michael's debut album, 'Entanglement' was released on the Erased Tapes label and includes performances by cellist Peter Gregson and soprano Ashley Knight, with piano and keyboards played by Michael. Michael and Peter met through mutual friends several years before the recording of Entanglement, and have toured the album together across Europe in the year after the release. Michael became part of the Erased Tapes family when they heard Michael's string quartet EP, which was subsequently released by Erased Tapes under the name A Stillness.
- Sherlock - The Abominable Bride
- Just Jim
- Jekyll and Hyde
- Sherlock Season 3
- The Inbetweeners 2
- Big School
- Gangsta Granny
- The Tractate Middoth
- Another Me
- Sherlock Season 2
- Mr Stink
- My Brother Marvin
- A Fantastic Fear of Everything
- Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
- Sherlock Season 1
- H. G. Wells' The First Men in the Moon
- 7 Lives
- "Wild Target"
- "The Mountain Within"
- Wild Child
- "Swan Song"
- "Agent Crush"
- Crooked House (TV)
- "Outlaw Births (TV)"
- The Shock Doctrine
- Hot Fuzz
- The Possibility of Hope
- Blind Date
- Eight Percent
- Dommeren (aka "The Judge")
- Some Things That Stay
- LD50 Lethal Dose
- Ashes And Sand
- Children of Men
- The Last Legion
- Children of Men
- Nanny McPhee
- 'Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason
- Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
- Love Actually
- Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
- The Truth About Charlie
- The Time Machine
- Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
- Entanglement (Album/Erased Tapes)
- A Stillness (EP/Erased Tapes)
- The Mountain Within (conductor/music producer)
- The Da Vinci Code (booth reader)
- Coldcut – Sound Mirrors (collaborator and arranger for title track)
- 'Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (music assistant)
- Band Of Brothers (music co-producer/programmer/orchestrator/conductor)
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (music co-producer)
- X-Men (music co-producer)
- Frequency (music assistant)
- The Iron Giant (music co-producer/programmer)
- Metallica – S&M (music preparation/concert co-producer/audio pre-production)
- B.Monkey (programmer)
- what Dreams May Come (music co-producer)
- From The Earth To The Moon (music co-producer)
- The Winter Guest (music co-producer)
- Event Horizon (music co-producer)
- Won: (with David Arnold) Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special - Sherlock ("His Last Vow")
- Won: (with David Arnold) Music and Sound Award 2013 for Best Original Composition in a Television Programme - Sherlock (Season 2)
- Won: (with David Arnold) Televisual Bulldog Award 2013 for Best Music - Sherlock (Season 2)
- Nominated: BSO Spirit Goldspirit Awards 2013 for Best European Score - A Fantastic Fear of Everything
- Nominated: BSO Spirit Goldspirit Awards 2013 for Best European Composer
- Nominated: BSO Spirit Goldspirit Awards 2013 for Best New Composer
- Nominated: BSO Spirit Goldspirit Awards 2013 for Best Comedy Score - A Fantastic Fear of Everything
- Nominated: (with David Arnold) 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, TV Movie or Special - Sherlock (Season 2)
- Nominated: (with David Arnold) BAFTA 2011 for Original Music - Sherlock (Season 1)
- Nominated: (with David Arnold) 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, TV Movie or Special - Sherlock (Season 1)
- Nominated: (with David Arnold) 2010 Royal Television Award for Original Score - Sherlock (Season 1)
- Won: (with David Arnold) 2010 Royal Television Award for Original Title - Sherlock (Season 1)
- Nominated: MPSE Golden Reel Award 2006 for Music Editor - Children of Men
- Nominated: MPSE Golden Reel Award 2003 for Music Editor - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Nominated: MPSE Golden Reel Award 2002 for Music Editor - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- Won: MPSE Golden Reel Award 2001 for Music Editor - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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