Moving effortlessly from drama to sharp satire to period classics, THOMAS NEWMAN (Composer) is building on an amazing family tradition in Hollywood, with a varied body of work that has earned the praise of filmmakers ranging from Robert Altman to Gillian Armstrong. In 1996, he received an Oscar® nomination for his inventive score in Diane Keatons off-beat comedy Unstrung Heroes, and in 1994, he was the only double nominee in the years Oscar® race, receiving two nominations for Best Original Score for his work on both Little Women and The Shawshank Redemption.
Since the beginning of sound film, the Newman name has been an integral part of the evolution of film scoring. Thomas is the youngest son of the legendary Alfred Newman, a nine-time Oscar® winner and 45-time nominee, who as musical director of 20th Century Fox from the mid-30s to the early 60s was responsible for overseeing or writing all of the music created for over 200 Fox films.
Although he grew up surrounded by musicit wasnt until his fathers untimely death, when Thomas was 14, that he suddenly felt charged with the desire to pursue composition professionally. Newman studied composition and orchestration at USC with professors Frederick Lesemann and noted film composer David Raskin, and privately with composer George Tremblay; he completed his academic work at Yale, studying with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie and Robert Moore. But it was another composer who Newman says served as his greatest mentorBroadways Stephen Sondheimwho was deeply impressed with Newmans originality and championed one of his earliest works, the musical theater piece "Three Mean Fairy Tales," which received a workshop production courtesy of the Stuart Ostrow Foundation.
At the age of 29, Newman successfully scored his first film, director James Foleys Reckless. His reputation for originality and for intensifying mood and character grew rapidly with such films as Ron Howards comedy Gung Ho, Desperately Seeking Susan, The Lost Boys, Scent of a Woman, The Rapture, Citizen Cohn, and over 20 other major titles.
Newmans recent film scores include: Mad City, directed by Costa Gavras, starring John Travolta; Oscar & Lucinda, directed by Gillian Armstrong, starring Ralph Fiennes; the romantic drama Up Close and Personal, starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer; Phenomenon, starring John Travolta; American Buffalo, the film version of Davids Mamets award-winning play starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz; and Milos Formans Oscar® nominated drama The People Vs. Larry Flynt.
Newman also recently created a unique seven-minute symphonic piece, "Reach Forth Our Hands (Cleveland Greeting, 1896)" for the city of Cleveland commemorating their bicentennial.