Lee Holdridge

Lee Holdridge was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.  He spent his early years in Costa Rica, beginning music studies on the violin at the age of ten.  In 1962, he moved to New York to continue these studies and he began to write chamber works, rock pieces, songs, theater music and background scores for short films.  Holdridge’s successes in New York came to the attention of Neil Diamond who brought Holdridge to Los Angeles to write arrangements for Diamond’s forthcoming albums.  Many gold and platinum hits followed which led to Diamond and Holdridge collaborating on the film score for “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.”  Since that time Holdridge has scored many films and TV hits including: “Splash,” “Big Business,” “Mr. Mom,” ”Old Gringo” and many others winning 5 Emmys for his work in films.  Some of his TV credits include: “Moonlighting,” “Beauty and the Beast” “Buffalo Girls,” and “The Tuskegee Airman.”  In addition to his film career, Mr. Holdridge has had an extensive repertoire of concert works performed and recorded including his recently premiered “Jefferson Tribute,” ”Concerto #2 for Violin and Orchestra,” “Scenes of Summer Orchestral Suite,” “Serenade for Oboe and Strings,” “Fantasy Sonata for Cello and Piano,” and “Sonnet” for Soprano and Orchestra, to name a few.  He recently completed a one act opera commissioned by Los Angeles Opera entitled “Journey to Cordoba.”  Mr. Holdridge has also worked with many major recording artists having written, arranged and conducted for Placido Domingo, Barbra Streisand, Brian May of Queen, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Natalie Cole and others.  Recorded releases of Mr. Holdridge’s music include “Holdridge Conducts Holdridge”, “Gerhardt Conducts Holdridge” (both recorded with the London symphony Orchestra); soundtracks of the television series “Beauty and the Beast,” the motion pictures “Old Gringo,” “El Pueblo Del Sol” and “Pastime,” the Grammy award winning “Symphonic Hollywood” and the soundtracks for “One against the Wind,” “The Giant of Thunder Mountain,” “Into Thin Air” and “The Long Way Home.”.

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