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   Michael Giacchino
Fecha de nacimiento: 10/10/1967
Nacionalidad: Amerikaans
Domicilio: United States of America
Sitio oficial: Michael Giacchino, The Official Website
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Biografía (Biografía sólo disponible en neerlandés) (updated 2009-05-22)

Michael Giacchino werd geboren in 1967 in Riverside Township, New Yersey.
In zijn jonge jaren volgde hij de avondschool op de Juilliard School in Riverside Township en ging daarna studeren op de School of Visual Arts in New York City. Hier studeerde hij cum laude af als onderwijzer geschiedenis. Pas in een later stadium van z'n leven werd muziek zijn passie. In 1995 kwam Giacchino via zijn oom in contact met Dreamworks, de filmstudio's van Steven Spielberg. In 1997 volgde het eerste project van Giacchino, de videogame Jurassic Park The Lost World, wat tevens de eerste videogame was die voorzien werd van orkestrale score. Hierna ging de samenwerking met Dreamworks gestaag door, met vele successen. Medal Of Honor: Frontline en Medal Of Honor: Call of Duty waren de eerste videogame-soundtracks die werden overladen met awards. In 2001 werd het werk van Giacchino ook opgemerkt door Paramount en Disney, wat betekende dat het eerste seizoen van de hitserie Lost ook werd voorzien van muziek van Michael. Regisseur Brad Bird was diep onder de indruk van Lost en vroeg de componist voor zijn nieuwste Pixar animatiefilm The Incredibles. In eerste instantie wilde Bird John Barry als componist, maar Barry wilde geen 'tekenfilm' doen. Achteraf gezien een fout, The Incredibles werd het grootste Pixar succes aller tijden, en bekroond met twee Grammy Awards [Beste Soundtrack en Beste Instrumentale Score].
In 2006 kreeg Giacchino de kans om met de eerste speelfilm van regisseur J.J. Abrams [Alias, Lost], Mission Impossible 3, in de voetsporen van Lalo Schifrin en Danny Elfman te treden met een nieuwe soundtrack.

In 2005 sloegen Giacchino en Walt Disney Imagineering de handen ineen voor gloednieuwe composities voor Space Mountain in Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris en Disneyland in Hong Kong.

Onlangs is de nieuwste Pixar/Disney soundtrack Ratatouille genomineerd voor een Grammy Award. In 2008 zal de nieuwe filmversie van Star Trek score bevatten van Giacchino. Ook seizoen 4 van de serie Lost en Medal of Honor: Airborne [videogame] zitten er nog aan te komen. (Biografía sólo disponible en inglés) (updated 2009-05-22)

Michael Giacchino (pronounced 'Jyah-kee-noh') was born 10th October 1967 in Riverside Township, New Jersey. He started venturing into music at the age of ten, where he spent his time between the cinema and his basement. Creating his own stop motion animation films on his brothers pool table, he found the most enjoyable part of the process was putting music to the pictures.

This later led him to join the School of Visual Arts in New York where he received a major in film production and a minor in History. After graduating, Giacchino began studying music at the Juilliard School at the Lincoln Center. During this time he worked day jobs at the publicity offices for Disney and Universal in New York. Two years later he moved to Disney Studios in Burbank, LA where he started working in their feature film publicity department. Shortly after this he moved again to Disney Interactive, becoming an assistant producer. He continued to study music in the evenings and at weekends.

His first major composition came in 1997, when newly formed DreamWorks Interactive asked him to score their flagship PlayStation game, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Based on Steven Spielberg's hit movie of the same name, the console game became the first to have a live orchestral score.

In 1998, Giacchino was commissioned to write a symphonic piece to celebrate the new millennium. His 25 minute score, named Camden 2000 was performed by the Hattonfield Symphony on May 13th 2000, and helped raise money for the redevelopment of the city.

Giacchino continued his career writing music for games such as Chaos Island, Warpath: Jurassic Park, and the hugely popular Medal Of Honor series. Rising director J.J Abrams, a fan of the Medal Of Honor scores hired Giacchino to write music for his new show, Alias, opening the door to Giacchino's hugely successful career in TV scores.

After composing scores for other video games such as Call Of Duty and Secret Weapons Over Normandy, three series of Alias, and Abrams' second hit show, Lost, Giacchino was offered his first big film prospect - Disney and Pixar's The Incredibles. Writing a highly praised Barry-esque Bond score for the film, Giacchino firmly showed he had what it took to be in the big league.

Giacchino's relationship with J.J. Abrams continued into the area of film, where he scored Abrams' first feature film Mission: Impossible III. He has also continued to work closely with Disney, writing music for the Space Mountain rides at Disneyland, scoring movie Ratatouille for The Incredibles director Brad Bird, and also several Pixar shorts such as One Man Band and Lifted.

Video game and TV scores continue to be a large part of Giacchino's career. His more recent credits include Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty and 'Medal Of Honor Airborne, as well as writing main themes for Black and Mercenaries Playground Of Destruction, handing the main scoring duties over to his former assistant, Chris Tilton. He also scored the pilot episode of Fringe (also by Abrams), before handing this over to his current assistant, Chad Seiter and Tilton.

More recent credits include Abrams' latest feature film, Star Trek, adventure movie Land Of The Lost, and Pixar's Up, with the sixth and final season of Lost still to come in 2010.

~michaelgiacchinomusic.com




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