Steven Price
Also known asSteve Price, Steven B. Price
Born (1977-04-22) 22 April 1977 (age 45)
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Film composer
InstrumentsPiano, keyboards, guitar
Years active1996–present

Steven Price (born 22 April 1977) is a British film composer, best known for scoring Gravity, which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[1][2] Before making his debut as a composer with Attack the Block, he worked on the music department for various notable films, such as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Batman Begins, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Life and career

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Price's passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Following graduation, he went to work in the London studio of Gang of Four guitarist/producer Andy Gill, for whom he would program, contribute string arrangements, and play on albums alongside artists such as Michael Hutchence and Bono.

Price went on to work as a programmer, arranger, and performer with film music composer Trevor Jones. He provided additional music for projects such as Roger Donaldson's Thirteen Days; Stephen Norrington's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Frank Coraci's Around the World in 80 Days; the television series Dinotopia; and Tamra Davis' Crossroads, on which he was also the featured guitar soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

A recommendation from Abbey Road Studios brought him to the attention of Howard Shore, leading to Price's work with the composer as music editor on Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. His subsequent films as music editor included Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, for which he shared with his fellow music editors a Golden Reel Award nomination; and, in his first project with The World's End director Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, on which he also collaborated with the film's composer Nigel Godrich. Among the other composers that he has worked with and learned from are Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams, George Fenton, Dario Marianelli, and Anne Dudley.

He has composed music for advertising campaigns in both the U.K. and U.S. After contributing additional music to Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio, he composed the original score for Joe Cornish's sleeper success Attack the Block, winning awards from both the Austin Film Critics Association and the Sitges - Catalan International Film Festival.

In 2013, Price composed the score for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[3]

Discography

Films

Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2011 Attack the Block Joe Cornish Optimum Releasing with Basement Jaxx
2013 The World's End Edgar Wright Focus Features
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón Warner Bros. Academy Award for Best Original Score
BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Aningaaq Jonás Cuarón Short film
2014 Fury David Ayer Columbia Pictures
2016 Suicide Squad Warner Bros.
DC Films
2017 Baby Driver Edgar Wright TriStar Pictures
American Assassin Michael Cuesta Lionsgate Films
2018 Ophelia Claire McCarthy IFC Films [4]
2019 Wonder Park Dylan Brown (uncredited) Paramount Pictures
Nickelodeon Movies
Price's first score for an animated film.
The Aeronauts Tom Harper Amazon Studios
2020 Dolphin Reef Alastair Fothergill
Keith Scholey
Disneynature Documentary film
Archive Gavin Rothery Vertical Entertainment
Over the Moon Glen Keane Netflix Original score only; Original songs composed by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield and Helen Park
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet Alastair Fothergill
Keith Scholey
Jonathan Hughes
Netflix Documentary film
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special
2021 Last Night in Soho Edgar Wright Focus Features
Sweet Girl Brian Andrew Mendoza Netflix
2022 My Policeman Michael Grandage Amazon Studios
Beast Baltasar Kormákur Universal Pictures
2023 Distant Will Speck and Josh Gordon Universal Pictures

Television

Year Title Network Notes
2004 The Mysterious Death of Cleopatra
2005 Angel of Death: The Beverly Allitt Story BBC One
2014 Believe NBC
Poppies CBeebies BBC children's remembrance film
2015 The Hunt BBC One
2019 Our Planet Netflix

Music department

Awards and honours

In December 2013, the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association awarded him the Best Musical Score honor for his work on Gravity.[5]

Accolades

Award Year Project Category Result
Academy Awards 2014 Gravity Best Original Score Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2013 Best Music or Score Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Awards 2014 Best Original Score Won
British Academy Film Awards Best Original Music Won
British Academy Television Craft Awards 2016 The Hunt Original Music Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association 2014 Gravity Best Score Won
Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2014 Gravity Best Score Runner-up
Chicago Film Critics Association 2013 Gravity Best Original Score Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2013 Gravity Best Musical Score Won
Denver Film Critics Society 2014 Gravity Best Original Score Won
Golden Globe Awards 2014 Gravity Best Original Score Nominated
Grammy Awards 2015 Gravity Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society 2013 Gravity Best Original Score Won
San Diego Film Critics Society 2013 Gravity Best Original Score Nominated
Satellite Awards 2014 Gravity Best Original Score Won
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association 2013 Gravity Best Musical Score Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 2013 Gravity Best Score Nominated
Emmy Award 2019 Our Planet: One Planet Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) Nominated
Our Planet Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Nominated
2021 David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score) Won

References

  1. ^ a b "Steven Price (II)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Steven Price". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  3. ^ Martens, Todd (2 March 2014). "Oscars 2014: Steven Price wins original score for 'Gravity'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Steven Price Scoring Claire McCarthy's 'Ophelia'". Film Music Reporter. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ Simek, Peter (16 December 2013). "Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Name 12 Years a Slave Best Picture of 2013". D Magazine. Dallas, TX. Retrieved 17 December 2013.