Tim Davies (musician)

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Tim Davies
Born1972 (age 51–52)
Occupation(s)Orchestrator, conductor, arranger, composer

Tim Davies (born 1972) is an Australian orchestrator and composer for film, television, video games and the concert stage.


Davies studied percussion and composition at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane,[1] and composition at the Elder Conservatorium and the University of Melbourne.[2]


After moving to the United States in 1998, he began his career working as a music arranger and orchestrator for numerous features, including Plan B, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, and Missing Brendan. From there, he went on to work as the orchestrator on numerous larger budget films, including When a Stranger Calls, Death Race, Repo Men, and Kick Ass 2. As of 2021, he was the lead orchestrator for composers Christophe Beck, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Fil Eisler. He was lead orchestrator for Frozen and Frozen 2, Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Free Guy, The Lego Movie 2, The Croods: A New Age, Superintelligence and Thunder Force. He also conducted an arrangement of "When You Wish Upon a Star", composed by Christophe Beck, for Disney's 100th anniversary logo.

In 2002, Davies also started working in the realm of television, as the music arranger for the TV Movie Fitzgerald. Since then, he has worked as conductor and orchestrator on series such as Invasion, Pushing Daisies, Revenge, Empire, WandaVision, and Hawkeye.

In 2014, Davies collaborated with Gustavo Santaolalla to compose the score to the film The Book of Life. In 2015, Guillermo del Toro, one of the producers on The Book of Life, brought Davies on to help score his movie Crimson Peak.[3] From 2016 to 2018 Davies then composed the score to del Toro's animated Netflix show Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia.[4] In 2021 Davies reunited with The Book of Life director Jorge Gutierrez to score Gutierrez's Netflix show Maya and the Three.

Davies has also worked as the conductor and orchestrator on numerous video game titles, his debut work being for Sony's 2005 SOCOM 3 U.S. Navy SEALs. Since then, he's worked on titles such as Prototype, Resistance 3, Batman: Arkham City, Spider-Man, and Halo Infinite. He provided symphonic sound design on The Last of Us and Batman: Arkham Knight.

Davies also has experience as an arranger. In 2014, he arranged and played drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS' Illmatic.[5] In 2015, he served as lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar's performance of To Pimp a Butterfly,[6] with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. In 2018, Davies provided arrangements for Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, again with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. Davies has also contributed a number of arrangements for concerts of the Metropole Orkest, working with artists such as Ledisi, Donny McCaslin, Cory Henry, and Moses Sumney.

Tim Davies Big Band[edit]

Tim Davies Big Band was founded in 1998, shortly before Davies moved to the United States.[7] Once in LA, he created a new iteration of the band. Their first album, Epic, was released in 2002, followed, in 2009, by Dialmentia.[8] In 2010, Davies was awarded a Grammy for his composition "Counting to Infinity".[2] In 2016, Davies released his third album, The Expensive Train Set, incorporating performances from both Melbourne and LA iterations of his band,[3][9] for which he received another Grammy nomination.[10]



Year Title Credits
2022 The Bob's Burgers Movie Conductor, arranger, orchestrator
2022 Hotel Transylvania: Transformania Lead orchestrator
2021 Free Guy Conductor, lead orchestrator
2021 Snake Eyes Lead orchestrator
2021 The Mitchells vs. the Machines Lead orchestrator
2021 Thunder Force Lead orchestrator
2021 Flora and Ulysses Conductor, orchestrator
2020 Superintelligence Lead orchestrator
2020 The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two Lead orchestrator
2020 The Croods: A New Age Lead orchestrator
2019 Frozen II Conductor, lead orchestrator
2017 Going in Style Lead orchestrator
2017 Rings Conductor, lead orchestrator
2017 Monster Trucks Conductor, lead orchestrator
2016 La La Land Conductor
2016 Trolls Conductor, lead orchestrator
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Conductor, lead orchestrator
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Conductor, lead orchestrator
2015 The Peanuts Movie Conductor, orchestrator
2015 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Conductor, lead orchestrator
2015 Crimson Peak Composer (additional music)
2015 Ant-Man Conductor, orchestrator
2015 Minions Lead orchestrator
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Conductor
2014 The Book of Life Conductor, score arranger
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Conductor
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Conductor, lead orchestrator
2013 Frozen Conductor, orchestrator
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Orchestrator
2013 White House Down Conductor
2013 The Hangover Part III Conductor
2012 Jack Reacher Conductor
2011 The Three Musketeers Lead orchestrator
2010 Despicable Me Conductor
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Conductor
2010 Repo Men Orchestrator
2010 The Wolfman Conductor
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Conductor
2008 Death Race Conductor
2007 The Simpsons Movie Orchestrator
2006 When a Stranger Calls Conductor
2005 Forbidden Warrior Orchestrator
2004 The Final Cut Music arranger
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Orchestrator
2001 Plan B Conductor, music arranger
2000 Bit Players (Short) Music arranger


Year Title Credits
2021 Hawkeye Lead orchestrator
2021 Maya and the Three Composer, conductor
2021 WandaVision Lead orchestrator
2020 Council of Dads Lead orchestrator
2019 What/If Lead Orchestrator
2016 Trollhunters Composer
2015–2020 Empire Lead orchestrator
2014–2015 Revenge Lead orchestrator
2014 Bates Motel Conductor (2 episodes)
2011 Teen Wolf Orchestrator (12 episodes)
2010–2011 The Event Conductor, orchestrator (15 episodes)
2010–2011 No Ordinary Family Conductor
2007–2009 Pushing Daisies Conductor, orchestrator
2005–2006 Invasion Conductor, orchestrator
2002 Fitzgerald Music arranger

Video games[edit]

Year Title Credits
2021 Halo Infinite Lead orchestrator
2018 Spider-Man Lead orchestrator
2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Lead orchestrator, symphonic sound designer
2013 Knack Orchestrator
2013 The Last of Us Symphonic sound design
2011 Batman: Arkham City Conductor, orchestrator
2011 Resistance 3 Orchestrator
2011 Infamous 2 Orchestrator
2010 Lost Planet 2 Orchestrator
2010 Darksiders Orchestrator
2009 Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Orchestrator
2009 The Sims 3 Conductor
2009 Prototype Lead orchestrator
2008 Gears of War 2 Conductor
2007 The Simpsons Game Conductor, lead orchestrator
2007 Clive Barker's Jericho Conductor
2005 SOCOM 3 U.S. Navy SEALs Conductor, orchestrator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2010 Grammy Best Instrumental Composition "Counting to Infinity" Nominated[11]
2016 Grammy Best Instrumental Composition "The Expensive Train Set: An Epic Sarahnade" Nominated[12]
2017 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Alexandre Desplat and Tim Davies, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, "Becoming: Part 1" Nominated[13]
2022 Annie Awards Best Music - TV/Media Tim Davies and Gustavo Santaolalla, Maya and the Three, "The Sun and the Moon" Won[14]


  1. ^ Smail, Stephanie (31 January 2010). "Brisbane Composer Misses Out on Grammy". ABC News. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Grammy Nomination For Tim Davies". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Australian Composer Tim Davies Talks Working on Guillermo Del Toro's New Netflix Series Trollhunters". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Netflix's 'Trollhunters' to Feature Music by Alexandre Desplat & Tim Davies". Film Music Reporter. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Nas' Historic 20 Year Anniversary of 'Illmatic' at The Kennedy Center in D.C." 31 March 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Working With Kendrick Lamar". 16 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Tim Davies Big Band". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Dialmentia". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Tim Davies Big Band: The Expensive Train Set". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  10. ^ "2016 Grammy Nominations". Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  11. ^ "52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards".
  12. ^ "59th Annual GRAMMY Awards".
  13. ^ "44th Annual Annie Awards".
  14. ^ "49th Annual Annie Awards".

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