Gavin Greenaway

Gavin Greenaway is a commercial arranger and conductor in London and Los Angeles. He is the son of the well-known professional songwriter, Peter Greenaway. Gavin took composition and piano at Trinity College of Music in London (1983-1986), where his composition teacher was Antonin Tucapky; in 1985, he won major prizes in both disciplines: The Chopin Prize for piano, and the John Halford Composition Prize. While still at Trinity, he joined the Media Arts Group. This English-based organization was founded by Michael Petry, an American from El Paso, TX, in 1982. Greenaway composed music for Media Arts Group, which allowed him ready performance of his new music, usually written to be recorded as a soundtrack to Petry's art (he calls it Installation Art), which is displayed in cities such as Tokyo, London, Cologne, Houston, and Los Angeles. At about the same time, John Powell, another composer, also joined the Group. Greenaway has continued to work with both Petry and Powell, even after he joined Air-Edel, one of the United Kingdom's leading firms producing commercial and production music for film, television, and advertisements. His ability to compose quickly, and score with deft sureness, was established in this position. In 1994, he left Media Arts Group and, with John Powell, founded Independently Thinking Music, their own music production company. Beginning with two studios in Soho, London, I.T.M. grew quickly, until it employed eight composers. Greenaway himself worked on the film orchestrations and composed the scores for over a hundred television productions and conducted performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. Greenaway and Powell moved their company to Los Angeles and quickly gathered production work there. He has been engaged to conduct several major scores, including The Thin Red Line, Face/Off, The Peacemaker, Antz, Endurance, Forces of Nature, and The Prince of Egypt. After working with Disney films, Disney World of Orlando, FL, commissioned two large projects from him: Tapestry of Nations, for EPCOT Center, and Reflections of Earth, for Disney World's Millennium Fireworks and Laser Show for the year 2000. He also composed additional music for a few of these films and conducted the score to the film Hannibal.

Gavin Greenaway (born 15 June 1964 in England) is a music composer and conductor. He is the son of Roger Greenaway.nEducated at Strode's College and Trinity College of Music, Gavin started working with his father before leaving school. Their compositions for BBC children's television include: Jimbo and the Jet-Set, The Family Ness and Penny Crayon.nHe conducted the scores for the films Gladiator and Pearl Harbor, both composed by Hans Zimmer. He also conducted many scores for Dreamworks such as Shrek, Antz, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, The Prince of Egypt, Chicken Run and The Road to El Dorado. In addition, he was commissioned by Disney to compose the score for their fireworks show IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and a parade called Tapestry of Nations at Epcot. The resulting pieces of music from the fireworks show have been used by Disney since 1999. With the permission from Disney, who hold the full rights to the composition and the Hal Leonard corp. who hold the publishing rights, Reflections of Earth has now been arranged for the idiom full symphonic wind band and dedicated to the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds and their musical director Phil Evans. The first performance of this arrangement was in Radnor PA on December 2, 2012. For Tokyo DisneySea, he composed the score for "BraviSEAmo!", the pyrotechnics and water nightly show in 2004. He also conducted in Paul McCartney's oratorio Ecce Cor Meum. He has also provided music-only soundtracks to accompany VHS-releases such as The Everton Football Club Season Review 1988/89.nHis music was heard during both the 2000 Super Bowl XXXIV Halftime Show and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.nGreenaway was one of the composers commissioned to write music for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The piece, entitled The New Water Music, was inspired by the George Frederic Handel's Water Music and contained movements by several modern British composers working under the direction of Greenaway. After the pageant, Greenaway was critical of the BBC coverage of the pageant as the live broadcast did not feature the performance at all. In his personal blog, he expressed the view that the presenters had focused on interviewing celebrities while ignoring the musicians completely.nIl Falco Bianco is Gavin Greenaway's first solo piano album. It is scheduled for release in May, 2016.

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