Biography

Bio

“The go-to composer for Hollywood directors.”—Variety

Aaron Zigman is the ultimate modern film composer and has scored close to 60 major Hollywood movies. As a classically trained pianist, conductor and composer, he has a degree of versatility rarely seen. His deep classical roots combined with his background in writing and producing songs for many of music’s greatest performers (Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Christina Aguilera, Phil Collins, Seal and more) has given him the ability to traverse all styles of music to develop some of the industry’s most memorable film scores across diverse genres, such as The Notebook, which consistently ranks in the top ten of romantic classics.  Zigman has scored other hit films that include, but are not limited to Bridge to Terabithia, John Q., Step Up I & II, The Proposal, The Ugly Truth, Alpha Dog, My Sister’s Keeper, Sex & the City I & II, Escape from Planet Earth, and The Other Woman. Zigman has also scored niche films, such as Flash of Genius, The Company Men, I Saw The Light, and the faith-based 2017 film The Shack, featuring Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.

Most recently critics have praised Zigman’s 2017 score for the critically-acclaimed film Wakefield, directed by Oscar-nominated Robin Swicord, featuring Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winners Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Esteemed film journalist, Jon Burlingame, on his Oscar blog, described Zigman’s work on Wakefield as “one of the year’s most haunting and effective scores.”

Upcoming 2018/19 projects:

-Zigman recently completed the score to the upcoming documentary American Dream American Knightmare directed by Antoine Fuqua, soon-to-be-released by Showtime.

-Zigman is also slated to score the upcoming film Gossamer Folds (2018/19), directed by Lisa Donato, starring Alexandra Gray & Jackson Robert Scott (It)

-Zigman is also scoring The Manuscript, directed by Nick Cassavetes, which will be his 7th collaboration with Cassavetes. The film stars Oscar-winner Jamie Fox, Academy Award-winner Gena Rowlands, Megan Fox, and Oscar-winner Mel Gibson.

Aaron Zigman began training as a classical pianist at age six. At age 20 he began studying with George Bassman, a noted MGM composer who orchestrated for the “Wizard of Oz” and wrote the music for the films “Marty and The Postman Always Rings Twice”.  When Zigman was 23 he signed a songwriting contract with publishing giant Almo Irving and began writing, producing, arranging and orchestrating for many of the top major artists in the record industry. His first big hit in pop music was “Crush On You” which earned top-chart status for a group called The Jets. He then worked for Clive Davis and produced and arranged songs for Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole among others.  Zigman has written, arranged and produced over 50 hit albums and/or co-written songs with legendary and contemporary artists including John Legend, Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Dione Warwick, Carly Simon, Ray Charles, Tina Turner, The Four Tops, Seal, and many others.

In 2000 Zigman got his break into film when director Nick Cassavetes went to hear Zigman’s classical symphonic tone poem “Rabin” being performed by the L. A. Jewish Symphony in memory of Yitzhak Rabin. So moved, Cassavetes asked Zigman to score his movie John Q starring Denzel Washington.  The success of John Q was followed by The Notebook which was a major box office success, and has made it onto numerous top romantic film lists, with Zigman’s score earning record sales and winning multiple awards.