Rachel Portman is an English composer who was born is Haslemere town in England. Her parents were Berkeley Charles Berkeley Portman and Sheila Margaret Penelope Portman. She got married to Count Uberto Pasolini Dall'Onda on 25 February 1995. She has three children named Niky Joan, Anna Gwendolen, and Giulia Ginevra. She began to compose at a very young age of 14 years as she became interested in music. She pursued her education at Charterhouse School situated in Godalming. She studied music at Worcester College at Oxford University after finishing her school. While in college, she started writing music for student theatre and film productions and explored her interest by experimenting them. She started off with her career by writing music for Channel 4 and BBC films like “Four Days In July” directed by Mike Leigh and Jim Henson's Storyteller series and “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”. She is best known to deliver the best film score. She wrote about 100 scores for theatre, television, and films like Manchurian Candidate directed by Jonathan Demme, Hart’s War by Greg Hoblit, Oliver Twist directed by Roman Polanski, The Legend of Bagger Vance directed by Robert Redford, Beloved by Jonathan Demme, Benny and Joon directed by Jeremiah Chechik, etc.

She gave the performance in the movies The Cider House Rules and Chocolat, which are her all time best soundtrack compositions. Talking about her achievements, she became the first woman composer to win an Academy Award for Best Musical or Comedy Score in the year 1996 for Emma. She also got nominated for the Academy Awards in the year 1999 and 2000 for “The Cider House Rules” and “Chocolat” respectively. In the year 2010, she became the first female to win Richard Kirk Award at the Broadcast Music, Inc. Film & TV Awards. Also, in the same year, she received the New Year Honor of being appointed as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). She got the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special for her work on Bessie in the year 2015.

James Newton Howard English Actor

James Newton Howard

James, born on June 9th, 1951, in Los Angeles, is a famous American composer, musician, and writer. He belonged to a family well versed in music. Years later, after the death of his father, he came to know that his father was Jewish, and so later on, he changed into a practicing Jew. He began his study in music and took lessons in piano since the age of four. He attended the Thacher School and Music Academy of the West, California. After leaving college, he joined a band and worked as a musician. In the initial years of his career, he was very unstable, financially, but gradually rose with his hard work. He joined Elton’s band as a keyboardist. He also played the piano. Some of Elton’s hits include Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Rock of the Westies, Blue Moves, 21 at 33, and The Fox. In 1982, he appeared in Toto IV, I Won’t Hold You Back, Afraid of Love, and Lovers in the Night. In 1983, he released the album, James Newton Howard and Friends, which earned him great fame. In 1983, he was the co-producer and musician of the album, ‘Sincerita’. After writing a film score for a small time movie, his career as a music composer began. After becoming a renowned film composer, he did not give up on music completely, but returned again with Elton on his Tour de France of Australia. He conducted orchestrated performances from Elton’s songs itself. The replacement of Howard Shore by James in ‘King Kong’ lead to his first Golden Globe award. He also got nominated for Edward’s Defiance. His sequel, The Dark Knight, is widely known. James got awarded a Grammy for his song in The Dark Knight. He got appointed as a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also composed music for the Hunger Games franchise. In 2014, James scored Academy Awards for ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Maleficent’. James has received the Grammy Award, Emmy Award and also Academy Award. Some of his best films include Pretty Woman, The Prince of Tides, ‘Signs’, The Sixth Sense, The Bourne Legacy, The Dark Knight, Hunger Games and ‘Nightcrawler’.


Bear Mccreary

Bear was born to Laura Kalpakian (an author) and Jay McCreary (professor of University of Hawaii) in 1979. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but spent most of his early years in Bellingham, Washington. His career is graced by a degree from the famous USC Thornton School of Music in Composition and Recording Arts. He is a talented pianist of the classical genre and has taught himself to play to the accordion. His talent was polished and made better by the renowned legendary composer Elmer Bernstein for about a decade. While studying under him, he recomposed Elmer’s famous Kings of the Sun by reconstructing it again. The complete score of the collaboration with his teacher, Elmer, is available as an album for the first time in decades. McCreary was one of Elmer’s select protégés. He taught him some fine tools and techniques as he worked and orchestrated for the maestro. His has contributed to his brother Brendan’s band, called Young Beautiful in a Hurry, by directing and producing several music videos, since his early works mostly include compositions for independent motion pictures. His main career began when he worked under Richard Gibbs for the background score of the miniseries of Battlestar Galactica. He later became the primary composer of the show till it ended because Gibbs decided not to give all his time to this regular show. The soundtracks of the show were taken with great appreciation and the scores for seasons two and three made up to the list of Top 30 Music Sales on Amazon on their first day. He worked for two more assignments that were related to the Galactica series: one was the prequel to the series, called Caprica and the other was a two-hour movie called Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Bear made his mark by presenting one of the largest orchestras on TV for the series Human Target, which is based upon the comic book Human Target). He also brought together the largest orchestra for episodic TV for the last episode of the first season of Christopher Chance. He has had an Emmy nomination for the main title score of Human Target. He has also composed scores for different series like The Walking Dead, The Cape, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D, etc. He has also been the producer of the orchestra for the rock opera named Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem. He began making film scores with the hit movie, Step Up 3D and has made many video features in Rest Stop, Wrong Turn 2 and Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back. His most recent feature filmed, called Knights of Badassdom, was his second film with the Wrong Turn director. He has also made several scores for video games like Dark Void Zero. He has won several awards like the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for Da Vinci’s Demons and won the International Film Music Critics Award for Best Original Score for Television twice for Human Target and Battlestar Galactica. He has also won the ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Television Series for Eureka. He is married to Raya Yarbrough, with whom he has a child. Raya is a singer and a songwriter, with whom he has worked on the score track Silent Night.

Bear Mccreary English Actor