Glendale, CA, United States
Award-winning film composer, Chris Thomas, is hard at work these days. He recently scored the animated film, Cadaver, starring Kathy Bates and Christopher Lloyd. In 2010, Chris wrote music for the documentary, Woman Rebel. The film was short-listed for an Academy Award and nominated for an Emmy Award. In 2011, Chris won Best Film & TV Music at the eWorld Music Awards in Hollywood, and the Gold Medal Prize from the Park City Film Music Festival. In 2007, Chris was nominated for Best Orchestrator at the Academy of Film & TV Music Awards in Hollywood. He also orchestrated for the Sundance-winning foreign film, Captain Abu Raed. It too was short-listed for an Academy Award. That same year Chris was a music editor for Sony Pictures Dragon Wars, which became the highest-grossing film in Korean history. In television, Chris briefly orchestrated and conducted (though uncredited) on ABC's hit show LOST. He has also composed special features music for CSI:NY. Recently, Chris composed music for Samsung, Coca Cola, and the short film Thunder Chance, which won a student Emmy Award. In the concert world, Chris orchestrated and arranged large works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale's Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl. His own works have been performed and recorded by the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, the Rose City Chamber Orchestra, University of Southern California Symphony, Angeles String Quartet, Fear No Music ensemble, Willamette University Chamber Choir, Oregon East Symphony, A-Sharp Youth Symphony and various American festival ensembles. Chris has also been in demand in the haunted house industry, even scoring music for the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and Ghost Ship. He attended the University of Oregon (B. Mus. in Music Composition and B. A. in Political Science) and became involved with the Pacific Rim Balinese Gamelan and Chinese Opera. Chris left the Northwest for the prestigious Scoring For Motion Pictures and Television program at University of Southern California's graduate school. There he connected with Hollywood's A-list composers and filmmakers. Chris currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two cats.