Composer Mychael Danna Wins the 2014 Louis Applebaum Composers Award

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● December 16, 2014 17:00


CFC extends warm congratulations to Mychael Danna, Academy Award-winning film composer and Composer Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab, who is the 2014 recipient of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award.

This year’s $10,000 award recognizes excellence in a body of work by an artist in the field of music composition for film and television. The Louis Applebaum Composers Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Foundation in 1998 by Louis Applebaum to recognize excellence in music composition of any genre.

Mychael Danna shared the following statement in the official announcement: “The most gratifying filmmaking experiences are ones that take effort to unpeel the layers surrounding the heart of the story and to find the best musical expression of that heart. Those are always the film scores I am most proud of.”

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. He composed the transculturally inspired 2013 Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, as well as many award-winning scores for his longtime collaborator, Atom Egoyan. Danna has composed for all of Egoyan’s films since 1987’s Family Viewing, winning the Genie for their films Exotica, Felicia’s Journey, Ararat and The Sweet Hereafter. Other noted credits include Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as Moneyball, Capote, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Monsoon Wedding, Shattered Glass, Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer, Surf’s Up, Water, Antwone Fisher, Being Julia and Girl, Interrupted.

Read the official announcement from Ontario Arts Foundation here.


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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

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