Howard Shore

b. 1946

Canadian

Biography

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer and conductor recognized and honored for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. He won three Academy Awards for his work on the first trilogy, with one being for the original song "Into the West," an award he shared with Eurythmics lead vocalist Annie Lennox and writer/producer Fran Walsh, who wrote the lyrics. He is also a consistent collaborator with director David Cronenberg, having scored all but one of his films since 1979.

Shore's concert works include The Fly, an opera (based on the plot of Cronenberg's 1986 film, Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and an overture for the Swiss 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. Shore has also composed for television; he was the original musical director for the popular show "Saturday Night Live" from 1975 to 1980.

In addition to his three Academy Awards, Shore has also won three Golden Globe Awards and four Grammy Awards.