Canadian music composer Howard Leslie Shore was born on October 18, 1946 in Toronto. He started studying music when he was only 8 or 9 years old. He continued to learn instruments and played in bands at 13-14 years of age. When he was 17 years old, he made the decision to pursue music as a life-long career.
In your early teenage years, Shore He also became friends with Lorne Michaels, a friendship that would have a notable influence on his music career. After graduating from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, he went to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music.
Shore He was part of a Jazz Fusion band called Lighthouse for about 3 years (1969-1972). In 1970, he obtained the position of musical director of The Hart & Lorne Traffic Hour, a television show by Lorne Michaels and Hart Pomerantz. However, the shows did not last long. In 1974, he also composed the music used in Spellbound, a magic show by Canadian magician Doug Henning. After that, between the years 1975-1980, he worked as a musical director for Saturday night Live, a hit late-night comedy show hosted on NBC by Lorne Michaels, where Shore appeared in various musical skits.
He began composing for films in 1979, beginning with The Brood, David Cronenberg’s first major film. Since then, Shore he composed for almost all future Cronenberg films. His first non-Cronenberg film job was for After hours, a Martin Scorsese film that was released in 1985. In 1986, he composed for Cronenberg’s film The Fly and then in 1988 he created the music for the Penny Marshall film, Big, which featured Tom Hanks as the lead.
His next great composition was for The Silence of the Lambs by Jonathan Demme (1991) in which Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster starred. This composition earned Shore his first BAFTA nomination. The film also received the five biggest Academy Awards, making Shore the only living composer of a five-Oscar-winning film.
Over the years, he continued to work for various Hollywood films including Philadelphfia, the 1993 film that earned Tom Hanks his first Oscar Award, the 1995 film Deadly Sins, starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, and the first Tom Hanks film That You Do (1996).
In 2001, Shore he had the greatest success of his career writing for the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Having never done anything so great before, the huge success of the film earned Shore his first Oscar. He also won a Grammy and was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA. His second Oscar was a win shared with Annie Lennox for the song. “Into the west“.
Howard Shore He has continued to compose for many famous films to this day. He received four Academy Award nominations and six Golden Globe nominations and won three of both. The list of his achievements and awards is too long, which shows that he is a truly unique composer.