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Born: June 21, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buenos Aires, AR Profession: composer, conductor, arranger, pianist

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With over 100 film scores and countless TV themes to his credit, Lalo Schifrin ranks as one of the most prolific active contemporary composers. Born and raised in Argentina, he was a child prodigy who first studied with his father, the conductor at the Tetro Colon. In the early 1950s, Schifrin moved to France to attend the Paris Conservatoire, where he study both jazz and classical music. He returned to Argentina and landed his first credit providing the score for "El Jefe" (1954). The following year, Schifrin represented his homeland at the 1955 International Jazz Festival. By the end of the 50s, he had settled in the US and landed a gig as an arranger for bandleader Xavier Cugat.

With over 100 film scores and countless TV themes to his credit, Lalo Schifrin ranks as one of the most prolific active contemporary composers. Born and raised in Argentina, he was a child prodigy who first studied with his father, the conductor at the Tetro Colon. In the early 1950s, Schifrin moved to France to attend the Paris Conservatoire, where he study both jazz and classical music. He returned to Argentina and landed his first credit providing the score for "El Jefe" (1954). The following year, Schifrin represented his homeland at the 1955 International Jazz Festival. By the end of the 50s, he had settled in the US and landed a gig as an arranger for bandleader Xavier Cugat.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Red Dragon (2002) Conductor
2.
 Score, The (2002)
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Studied music under his father
1950:
Moved to Paris to stdy classical music
1955:
Represented Argentina at the INternational Jazz Festival
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Worked for stage and TV in Argentina
1957:
Composed first film score for Argentine feature "El Jefe"
1958:
Moved to US
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Worked as arranger for Xavier Cugat
1962:
Joined Dizzy Gillespie's band as pianist and composer
1964:
Moved to Hollywood
1965:
Composed first US film score, "The Cincinatti Kid"
1967:
Received first Oscar nomination for scoring "Cool Hand Luke"
1967:
Appointed director and conductor, Paris Philharmonic
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Taught music composition at UCLA
1980:
Received first Oscar nomination for Best Song for "People Alone" from "The Competition"
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Guest conducted at orchestral symphonies around the world
1998:
Scored "Tango" directed by Carlos Saura
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Education

Paris Conservatoire: -

Notes

Schifrin has received a total of six career Oscar nominations: four for Best Original Music Score, ("Cool Hand Luke" 1967, "The Fox" 1968, "Voyage of the Damned" 1976, "The Amityville Horror" 1979); one for Best Song ("People Alone" from "The Competition" 1980); and one for Best Song Score or Adaptation Score ("The Sting II" 1983).

On his film composing career: "They typecast me. They didn;t trust me with a love story. I was too weird"--Schifrin quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, June 7, 1996

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wife:
Donna Schifrin.

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son:
Ryan Schifrin. Filmmaker.
son:
Will Schifrin.

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