David Hamilton-Composer


Composer David Hamilton began studying piano at the age of four and has been performing and composing ever since. Classically trained, he began formal studies in composition and music theory with the late avant­ garde composer William Karlins and Grammy Award Winner Augusta Read Thomas at Northwestern University.

Soon after he began collaborating with student filmmakers, David developed a passion for composing music for visual media and sought more specialized training.

He went on to study film scoring with Deniz Hughes (orchestrator to Elliot Goldenthal), Sonny Kompanek (orchestrator to Carter Burwell), and music editing with TimothyJ. Starnes (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy) at NYU’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and MultimediaMaster of Music program.

Working closely with the Tisch School of the Arts film and television community, David scored numerous independent short films and was selected to compose the music to Director Joseph Pernice’s finalist entry in Wong Kar Wai’s First Journeys Awards by Louis Vuitton.

Since relocating to Los Angeles, David has composed the scores to:

  • The Diet Life directed by Matt Walerstein
  • Army of Frankensteins directed by Ryan Bellgardt
  • Final Payment directed by Rodney Wilson
  • Luke 11:17, a television series directed by Jeremy Weiss and Don Stark
  • and he recently composed additional music for Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome

David’s music has been featured on Dateline NBC, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, History Channel’s American Pickers, Discovery Channel’s Desert Car Kings, and VH1’s The T.O. Show. His advertising clients include Americana Manhasset, Sirius XM Radio, United Health Care of Southern California, Our Mobile Generation, Glumac, Softcup, and The Art Institute.

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