Lee Holdridge
Lee Elwood Holdridge

(1944-03-03) March 3, 1944 (age 78)
Spouse(s)Elisa Justice

Lee Elwood Holdridge (born March 3, 1944) is a Haitian-born American composer, conductor, and orchestrator.[1] A 18-time Emmy Award nominee, he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards, two News & Documentary Emmy Awards, and one Sports Emmy Award. He has also been nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Life and career

Holdridge was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, of a Puerto Rican mother and an American father, Leslie Holdridge, a botanist and climatologist.[2]

While living in Costa Rica, at age ten, he studied the violin with Hugo Mariani, who was at the time the conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica. He then moved to Boston, where he finished high school and studied composition with Henry Lasker.[2]

As an adult, Holdridge moved to New York City to continue his music studies and begin his career as a professional composer.[2] There, he composed chamber works, rock pieces, songs, theater music and background scores for short films, and eventually came to Neil Diamond's notice. Diamond then brought Holdridge with him to Los Angeles to write arrangements for his forthcoming albums. After several gold and platinum hits, the two collaborated on the Grammy Award winning score for producer/director Hall Bartlett's film adaptation of Jonathan Livingston Seagull.[2] Neil Diamond sued Bartlett for cutting much of his music from the film. Diamond was also against sharing musical credit with Holdridge; however, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences ruled in Holdridge's favor.[3] Bartlett was ordered to reinstate the five minutes of Diamond's music score and three of his songs, “Anthem,” “Prologue” and “Dear Father,” and that the onscreen credits were to state “Music and songs by Neil Diamond,” “Background score composed and adapted by Neil Diamond and Lee Holdridge” and “Music supervision by Tom Catalano.”[4]

Holdridge has composed and orchestrated for many films,[2] including:

He composed for several television series,[2] including:

Holdridge has performed and recorded in several concerts, including The Golden Land, the Jefferson Tribute, his suite from the opera Lazarus and His Beloved, the Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, the Concertino for Violoncello and Strings, the Serenade for Oboe and Strings, the Fantasy Sonata for ‘Cello and Piano, the Elegy for Strings and Harp, and Sonnet for soprano and orchestra.[2]

Personal life

Holdridge is married to ex-ballet dancer Elisa Justice. She is western region audition co-director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council, hosts her own classical music radio show called "Eclectic Classics" and has co-produced a new album and documentary with Milt Okun called Great Voices Sing John Denver. She won a "Best Producer" award for a documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival.

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy awards:

Daytime Emmy awards:

Sports Emmy awards:

News and Documentary Emmy awards:

Grammy awards:

ASCAP Awards:

Further reading

See also


  1. ^ "Lee Holdridge profile". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Lee Holdridge profile". LeeHoldridge.com. 2008. Retrieved July 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "In Defense of JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL (1973)". YouTube.
  4. ^ "AFI|Catalog".
  5. ^ Discogs.com
  6. ^ Canby, Vincent (February 13, 1981). "'American Pop' Grown-Up Animation". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Profile Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, KRNV official website; accessed June 16, 2016.