Grew up in Orange County, California; a piano prodigy, he won numerous competitions as a child
Scored student films for directors John Milius and Randal Kleiser while at USC
Began his professional career as a commercial and industrial film editor and scorer
Scoring debut for TV, "Congratulations, It's a Boy!" (ABC)
Feature scoring debut, "Extreme Close-Up"
First feature collaboration with Milius, "Big Wednesday"
Music conductor and director for feature, "The Blue Lagoon"; first professional collaboration with Kleiser
Composer for Universal Studios tour attraction, "The Adventures of Conan: A Sword and Sorcery Spectacle"
Wrote the theme music for TV show "Misfits of Science"
Scored music for TV miniseries, "Lonesome Dove", picking up an Emmy for his efforts; first collaboration with director Simon Wincer
Composed song "Payoff", as well as scoring "Hunt for Red October"
Played the synthesizer for the feature, "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man"
Music scoring producer credit, "Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home"
Composed and conducted "Tradition of the Games" for the opening ceremonies of 1th 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta
Composed and conducted music for Paul Verhoeven's "Starship Troopers"
Scored Bille August's version of "Les Miserables"