Music has been a driving force in my life since I was a child. I began playing the piano at age seven. As a teenager, I studied classical piano in Long Beach, California with noted piano pedagogue, Joanna Hodges. As a student at UCLA, I continued my piano studies with pianist/personality Mona Golabek. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from UCLA.
My professional life in Hollywood has been devoted to working in films and TV as a composer. Film credits include over 40 films. My television music can be heard in FOX, BRAVO, THE HISTORY CHANNEL, THE FOOD NETWORK, THE PET CHANNEL, AMC, MTV, and TURNER MOVIE CLASSICS.
Through my arranging and orchestration work, I have garnered three platinum records working alongside several well-known artists, most notably pianist/composer Yanni.
I performed and co-produced a series of easy listening piano CDs under the name of David Raintree. These CDs have sold over 100,000 copies. David Raintree was a featured artist on the domestic flights of United Airlines.
In ten years in New York City, I had four of my musicals produced. I also conducted Broadway shows including the original Broadway productions of LES MISERABLES and SONG AND DANCE. Upon returning to Los Angeles, I played the 1st Keyboard position in the Los Angeles production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Michael Crawford at the Ahmanson Theatre.
Some personal career highlights include conducting for the President of the United States, performing as a solo pianist at Carnegie Hall, and having an evening of my original music performed by the illustrious Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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