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Composer Christopher Young to Receive Richard Kirk Award at BMI Film & Television Awards
8-Apr-2008 -

Ceremony Slated for May 21 in Los Angeles
Composer Christopher Young will receive the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding
career achievement at BMI's annual Film & Television Awards on
Wednesday, May 21 in Los Angeles. Staged at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the black-tie,
invitation-only dinner will also honor the composers of the past year's top-grossing
films, top-rated prime-time network television series and highest-ranking cable
network programs. BMI's President & CEO Del Bryant, and BMI's Vice President,
Film/TV Relations, Doreen Ringer Ross, will host the event.
Named in honor of former BMI Vice President and film & television department
founder Richard Kirk, the Richard Kirk Award is bestowed on composers who
have made significant contributions to the realm of film and television.
As the 2008 honoree, Christopher Young joins an elite list of peers that includes
George S. Clinton, Harry Gregson-Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman,
Michael Kamen, Mark Mothersbaugh, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, Mike Post,
Lalo Schifrin and John Williams.

Award-winning composer Christopher Young has carved out his enviable niche
in the upper pantheon of Hollywood composers with unusual speed and
unerring flair. The UCLA Film School alumnus first turned heads with fiendish
scores for horror and science fiction projects, and he proceeded to garner
accolades for work on macabre and fantastical films including Hellraiser, its Saturn
award-winning sequel and Species, along with BMI award-winners Ghost Rider,
Young became a master of suspense, composing music for thrillers including
Copycat and BMI honoree Entrapment, as well as dramatic and critical
tours-de-force including Golden Globe nominee The Shipping News, Wonder Boys,
Rounders and BMI award-winner Swordfish. He also fleshed out the haunting
nuances and electrifying action sequences of box office gold Spider-man 3.
The New Jersey native has also excelled in television composition, earning two
Emmy nominations for telefilms Last Flight Out and Norma Jean & Marilyn.
A dedicated mentor, Young has taught classes at USC, served as an advisor for
the Sundance Institute Film Composers Lab and created an innovative
residential development to house aspiring composers in Los Angeles.
He describes his progressive two-pronged approach to composition as the
exploration of the contemporary music's abstract ideas and the infinite pursuit
of "the great American tune."

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