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Arranger-conductor DAVID CAMPBELL’s work appears on more than 425 gold or platinum albums. During his long recording career, albums on which David worked have received 50 Grammys, and his film work has earned two Oscars for music.
After studying with viola maestro William Primrose, Campbell attended Manhattan School of Music and played several seasons with the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski. In his early L.A. studio musician days, he was fortunate to play on historic sessions such as Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On,” Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” and Carole King’s “Tapestry.”
As an arranger, Campbell began a string of successes from the ’70s that has continued to the present day, with No. 1 albums and songs including: “Your Smiling Face” (James Taylor), “The Pretender” (Jackson Browne), “The Rose” (Bette Midler), “Don’t Know Much” (Linda Ronstadt), “Iris” (Goo Goo Dolls), “Uninvited” (Alanis Morissette), “Time of Your Life” (Green Day), “Tal Vez” (Ricky Martin), “Jaded” (Aerosmith), “Under My Skin” (Avril Lavigne), “100 Years” (Five for Fighting), “Bring Me to Life” (Evanescence), “I Hope You Dance” (Lee Ann Womack), “Not Ready to Make Nice” (Dixie Chicks), “Breaking the Habit” (Linkin Park), “The Black Parade” (My Chemical Romance), “My Wish” (Rascal Flatts), “Because of You” (Kelly Clarkson), and “21” (Adele) – as well as recent No. 1s from Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”), Taylor Swift (Red), Josh Groban (All that Echoes), Tim McGraw (Two Lanes of Freedom), and Pink (The Truth about Love).
The official song of the London Olympics, “Survival,” featured a collaborative choir arrangement by Muse and Campbell.
David has composed music for many films, and for commercials for George Lucas, Panasonic, Sony, and others. He orchestrated scores for Dead Man Walking, Friday Night Lights, Oliver Stone’s W., August: Osage County, and the Oscar-winning score for Brokeback Mountain. As arranger/conductor for motion picture songs, Campbell worked on Armageddon, Dreamgirls, City of Angels, Daredevil, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Men in Black 2, The Land Before Time, Spiderman 2, Ladder 49, the Oscar-nominated song from Pearl Harbor (Faith Hill), and the Oscar-winning song “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan.
He has guest-conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Dallas, Nashville, and Baltimore symphonies, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Melbourne Symphony, and at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics.
He wrote the incidental music and orchestrations for Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, currently running on Broadway. This year, he co-arranged and conducted the 167-member orchestra for Beck’s “Sound & Vision” 360 video project.
In recent years, he conducted at the Hollywood Bowl for The xx, Sheryl Crow, Death Cab for Cutie, Faith Hill, Ray LaMontagne, Willie Nelson, and Beck.