Biography

​Angelo Badalamenti is an acclaimed and prolific composer who has written some of the most unique film scores of our time. He is widely known for his long-standing collaboration with the director David Lynch, which has produced a creative and inspired body of work.  In addition to his music for film, Badalamenti has written distinctive themes for the television series "Twin Peaks" and "Inside the Actors Studio", as well as "The Flaming Arrow" Torch Theme for The Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. He has collaborated with recording artists David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Tim Booth, Anthrax, LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Della Reese, Mel Tillis, Julee Cruise, Marianne Faithfull, Dolores O'Riordan, Liza Minelli, Roberta Flack and countless others. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Badalamenti studied composition, French horn and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Masters degree. Following his classical training, he worked for five years as a music teacher in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, while spending summers performing as a pianist for shows. During this period he was also a busy songwriter and orchestrator for many popular performers. Angelo Badalamenti began working in film with his scores for Law and Disorder and Gordon's War. In 1986, he was hired by a young David Lynch to be Isabella Rossellini's vocal coach for Blue Velvet. Badalamenti ended up scoring the film, writing the feature song "Mysteries of Love" with Lynch, and even appears onscreen in the piano bar scene. His close relationship with Lynch served as a springboard and since Blue Velvet Badalamenti has scored Lynch's films and projects, as well as those of many other preeminent directors. Badalamenti has received a Grammy Award for his theme to the groundbreaking TV series "Twin Peaks." The Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks has achieved gold status in 25 countries. He received an Independent Spirit Award and a Saturn Award for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for his score for The Comfort of Strangers. Badalamenti has received Golden Globe nominations for The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive, three Emmy Award nominations for Twin Peaks, two César Award nominations for A Very Long Engagement and The City of Lost Children, BAFTA and AFI award nominations for Mulholland Drive and an American Video Conference award for Best Original Score for Industrial Symphony #1. Badalamenti received both the Composer of the Year Award in 2005 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 from the Flanders Film Festival: World Soundtrack Awards. In the summer of 2011, Angelo was honored at the ASCAP Film and Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. There, in the same ballroom where the Golden Globes are held each year, he was presented with the Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement award and gave a live performance of his selected works. Most recently, Badalamenti has completed a stunning new score for the indie feature, A Late Quartet, a moving drama about the lives of four musicians as they prepare for an upcoming performance of Beethoven's Streichquartett in C# minor, Op. 131 and he's presently composing the score for a new 3D film entitled Stalingrad.

​Angelo Badalamenti is an acclaimed and prolific composer who has written some of the most unique film scores of our time. He is widely known for his long-standing collaboration with the director David Lynch, which has produced a creative and inspired body of work.  In addition to his music for film, Badalamenti has written distinctive themes for the television series "Twin Peaks" and "Inside the Actors Studio", as well as "The Flaming Arrow" Torch Theme for The Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. He has collaborated with recording artists David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Pet Shop Boys, Tim Booth, Anthrax, LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Della Reese, Mel Tillis, Julee Cruise, Marianne Faithfull, Dolores O'Riordan, Liza Minelli, Roberta Flack and countless others. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Badalamenti studied composition, French horn and piano at the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a Masters degree. Following his classical training, he worked for five years as a music teacher in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, while spending summers performing as a pianist for shows. During this period he was also a busy songwriter and orchestrator for many popular performers. Angelo Badalamenti began working in film with his scores for Law and Disorder and Gordon's War. In 1986, he was hired by a young David Lynch to be Isabella Rossellini's vocal coach for Blue Velvet. Badalamenti ended up scoring the film, writing the feature song "Mysteries of Love" with Lynch, and even appears onscreen in the piano bar scene. His close relationship with Lynch served as a springboard and since Blue Velvet Badalamenti has scored Lynch's films and projects, as well as those of many other preeminent directors. Badalamenti has received a Grammy Award for his theme to the groundbreaking TV series "Twin Peaks." The Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks has achieved gold status in 25 countries. He received an Independent Spirit Award and a Saturn Award for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and BAFTA's Anthony Asquith Award for his score for The Comfort of Strangers. Badalamenti has received Golden Globe nominations for The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive, three Emmy Award nominations for Twin Peaks, two César Award nominations for A Very Long Engagement and The City of Lost Children, BAFTA and AFI award nominations for Mulholland Drive and an American Video Conference award for Best Original Score for Industrial Symphony #1. Badalamenti received both the Composer of the Year Award in 2005 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 from the Flanders Film Festival: World Soundtrack Awards. In the summer of 2011, Angelo was honored at the ASCAP Film and Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. There, in the same ballroom where the Golden Globes are held each year, he was presented with the Henry Mancini Lifetime Achievement award and gave a live performance of his selected works. Most recently, Badalamenti has completed a stunning new score for the indie feature, A Late Quartet, a moving drama about the lives of four musicians as they prepare for an upcoming performance of Beethoven's Streichquartett in C# minor, Op. 131 and he's presently composing the score for a new 3D film entitled Stalingrad.

Personal Info

Known For Sound

Gender Male

Known Credits 52

Birthday 1937-03-22

Place of Birth New York, City, New York, USA

Official Site http://www.angelobadalamenti.com/

Also Known As

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Sound TV ShowsMovies

2018 Ant Head Sound
2015 Gold Coast Original Music Composer
2014 Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces Music Original Music Composer
2012 A Late Quartet Original Music Composer
2011 A Butterfly Kiss Original Music Composer
2009 44 Inch Chest Original Music Composer
2008 The Edge of Love Original Music Composer
2007 Return to 'Twin Peaks' Music
2006 The Wicker Man Music
2005 Dark Water Original Music Composer
2005 Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Original Music Composer
2004 A Very Long Engagement Original Music Composer
2004 Before the Fall Original Music Composer
2003 Cabin Fever Original Music Composer
2002 Auto Focus Original Music Composer
2002 Lathe of Heaven Music
2002 The Adversary Music
2002 Secretary Original Music Composer
2002 Rabbits Music
2002 Mysteries of Love Original Music Composer
2001 Mulholland Drive Music
2001 Julie Johnson Music
2001 Suspended Animation Original Music Composer
2000 The Beach Original Music Composer
1999 The Straight Story Music
1999 Holy Smoke Original Music Composer
1999 Arlington Road Original Music Composer
1999 Mulholland Dr. Music
1997 Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch Music
1997 Lost Highway Original Music Composer
1995 The City of Lost Children Original Music Composer
1994 Witch Hunt Original Music Composer
1993 Naked in New York Original Music Composer
1993 Hotel Room (3 episodes)Music
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me Musician Orchestrator Music
1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted Music
1990 Wild at Heart Music
1990 Twin Peaks (48 episodes)Original Music Composer
1990 The Comfort of Strangers Music
1989 Twin Peaks Music
1989 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Original Music Composer
1989 Wait until spring Bandini Original Music Composer
1989 Parents Original Music Composer
1987 Tough Guys Don't Dance Music
1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Original Music Composer
1986 Blue Velvet Music
1974 Law and Disorder Original Music Composer
1973 Gordon's War Original Music Composer

Acting

The Music of David Lynch Benefit Concert
2007 Le son de Lynch
2002 Mysteries of Love as Himself
2001 Mulholland Drive as Luigi Castigliani
1999 Mulholland Dr. as Luigi Castigliane
1997 Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch as Himself
1992 On the Air (1 episode)
1989 David Lynch: Don't Look at Me as Himself
1986 Blue Velvet as Piano Player

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