Howard Shore

Howard Leslie Shore, [ haʊ ˌ əd lɛzlɪ ʃɔə ] ( BrE ) or [ haʊərd ɫezɫɪ ʃɔr ] ( AmE ), ( born October 18, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario) is an award-winning Canadian conductor and composer of film music, chamber and concert music. The three-time Oscar winner is particularly known for his music for the film trilogies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.


Howard Shore studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. Between 1969 and 1972 he recorded with the group Lighthouse. Shore is best known as co-founder and musical director of the band on the NBC show Saturday Night Live. From 1975 to 1980 he conducted the band of the show.

Howard Shore has composed the soundtracks to a variety of feature films. Among his works are very different, the settings of The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Ed Wood, Seven, Panic Room and The Aviator. A main focus in his work takes the long-standing collaboration with the Canadian director David Cronenberg, for which he has ascribed to a number of films with music, including The Fly, Naked Lunch - Naked Noise, Spider and A History of Violence.

His best known work is the music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Peter Jackson. According to the company studied Shore for the leitmotif technique used in this piece intensely the opera Das Rheingold by Richard Wagner. The compositions of the three films arranged Shore to an existing suite of six movements for the concert hall.

In an interview with Emanuel Levy he calls the nearly four years that he has spent about The Lord of the Rings, the most challenging and rewarding task of his career, and they referred to generally as the summary of his artistic work.

2005 Howard Shore worked on the soundtrack for Peter Jackson 's new film project, King Kong. Because " of creative ideas " was after a few weeks, however, James Newton Howard committed to Shores location. However, Shore and Jackson have teamed up for the filming of another Tolkien work again and Shore composed the music for the trilogy The Hobbit, the first part of 2012 was released in theaters.

In addition to his work as a film composer Shore is also active in chamber and concert music. The world premiere of his opera adaptation of the film The Fly ( The Fly ) took place at the Théâtre du Châtelet on 2 July 2008. For the pianist Lang Lang, he composed the piano concerto Ruin and Memory, which premiered at the Beijing Music Festival 2010. His Cello Concerto Mythic Gardens, which can be regarded as a counterpart to he devoted cellist Sophie Shao, who premiered the piece on 27 April 2012 along with the American Symphony Orchestra.

Howard Shore is the uncle of Canadian composer Ryan Shore.


The IMDb recorded on February 13, 2014 63 film awards and 55 more nominations.

For the soundtrack to The Fellowship (The Lord of the Rings ) Shore received his first Oscar and a Grammy. In 2004, then a Grammy, two Golden Globes and two Oscars were added. In 2005 he again won two Grammys, this time for the soundtrack to the third part of the trilogy and the song Into the West ( Annie Lennox ). 2005 Howard Shore was awarded the first ever Film Music Award of the Bavarian Radio for the soundtrack to the movie The Aviator the Golden Globe Award and 2010. In the context of film music gala " Hollywood in Vienna " at the Vienna Konzerthaus Shore received on 16 September 2010 by the City of Vienna, the "Max Steiner film Music Achievement Award " from the hands of city council Andreas Mailath -Pokorny.

Filmography (selection)

2005 Shore began work on the soundtrack for King Kong, which was rejected by director Peter Jackson. Shore was replaced by James Newton Howard.