Skip to main content

Biography

Conductor

DAVID NEWMAN is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his thirty-year career he has scored more than 110 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers to the more recent Girls Trip, Night School, and Serenity. His music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; comedies such as Galaxy Quest and Throw Momma from the Train; and animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster, and Anastasia, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

In 2021, after a decade of conducting numerous live music-to-film concerts for the classic West Side Story film, Mr. Newman arranged the score for Steven Spielberg’s re-imagining of the legendary Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim musical.

Mr. Newman has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2017. An active composer for the concert hall, he has composed works that have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony. He also composed a violin and orchestra suite for Sarah Chang based on the songs from West Side Story.

Mr. Newman serves on the board of the American Youth Symphony, a pre-professional orchestra based in Los Angeles, and in 2010 he served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival’s film scoring program. He is the son of Alfred Newman, the longtime musical director of 20th Century Fox, and is married to wife Krystyna and is the father of two girls, Diana and stepdaughter Brianne.