Aaron Zigman
Composer

Aaron Zigman

 

Biography

Aaron Zigman is an award-winning composer who has scored more than 60 major Hollywood films and influenced other musicians and songwriters. In 2020, Grammy winner and top performing artist Billie Eilish listed Zigman’s work along with other notable musicians as inspiring songs on her recent platinum album. As a classically trained pianist, composer and conductor he has a degree of versatility rarely seen.

His deep classical roots combined with his background in writing and producing songs for many of music's greatest performers (Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, Seal, Natalie Cole and more) has given him the ability to traverse all styles of music to develop some of the industry’s most memorable film scores across diverse genres, such as the iconic The Notebook – one of six collaborations with award-winning director Nick Cassavetes – which consistently ranks in the top ten of romantic classics and has sold a record number of soundtracks.

Zigman has scored other hit films that include, but are not limited to, Bridge to TerabithiaJohn Q. The ProposalThe Ugly TruthAlpha DogMy Sister's KeeperSex & the City I & II, and Escape from Planet Earth. Zigman also scored the niche films Flash of GeniusThe Company Men, and The Shack, featuring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

Critics have praised Zigman's score for the dramatic film Wakefield, directed by Oscar-nominated Robin Swicord, featuring Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winners Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Esteemed film journalist, Jon Burlingame, described Zigman's Wakefield work as "one of the year’s most haunting and effective scores." Most recently, Zigman scored American Dream American Knightmare, directed by Oscar-nominee Antoine Fuqua, and finished scoring the upcoming films Gossamer Folds, directed by Lisa Donato, and A Nice Girl Like You, starring Lucy Hale.

“Scoring music for film is not about the composer; it’s about the director’s vision and it’s a highly collaborative process. One that I am absolutely passionate about.”

– Aaron Zigman

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