The Emmy award winning composer, pianist & conductor
Gavin Greenaway is a British Emmy ® award-winning composer, pianist and conductor with an extensive catalogue of achievements: conducting over 100 feature film and television soundtracks, composing for major entertainment and cultural events, and producing and songwriting with chart-topping artists.
His career in the music industry began at Sir George Martin’s iconic Air Studios on Oxford Street where he assisted on a variety of projects including Elvis Costello’s seminal ‘Shipbuilding’ with the legendary Chet Baker. Following studies at Trinity College of Music, he quickly established himself as an in-demand composer for theatre, film and television.
Commissioned to compose ‘something incredible’ to accompany the nightly firework display at DisneyWorld’s EPCOT, Florida he created the symphonic Reflections of Earth which played there every night for over 19 years, and went on to win an Emmy® Award. Greenaway contributed music to numerous movies as well as writing and producing songs with Bryan Adams and Trevor Horn for DreamWorks. Additional commissions followed for projects as diverse as the Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, to music for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012.
In recent years, he has been instrumental in bringing some of our best loved soundtracks to the live stage, including world premiere performances of the live-to-picture productions of Interstellar, Independence Day and Casino Royale.
In 2018, Greenaway was appointed Musical Director for The World of Hans Zimmer with concerts across Europe. Gavin, who Zimmer says he trusts ‘more than I trust myself’ – conducts the large symphony orchestra and presents an immersive multi-media extravaganza.
Incorporating styles from classical to minimalism alongside more filmic influences, Greenaway’s first solo release ‘Il Falco Bianco’ was critically acclaimed and saw him make his debut in the classical charts as a composer and pianist.
The eagerly anticipated second release ‘Woven’ will be available in February 2019: A different approach to piano composition using layered recordings of an upright piano, which Greenaway ‘prepared’ with various fabrics and materials – enabling the tenderest of tones to be evoked alongside a range of unusual but familiar percussive timbres. The experimental nature of the modified piano along with the intimacy of the recording has already generated a great deal of interest, “performing the pieces live will be a challenge, but one I am looking forward to immensely” Greenaway states. Look out for dates, some unusual venues and live streaming concerts through 2019.