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Born: September 20, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA Profession: composer

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Mychael Danna was an award-winning composer who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Ang Lee's critically acclaimed film, "Life of Pi" (2012). Danna crafted meticulously integrated scores for films, which made him a sought-after composer by many directors, including Atom Egoyan, Terry Gilliam and Ang Lee. His ability to meld international melodies and instrumentation with modern Western minimalism helped bring unique moods to some of the largest blockbusters and most personal independent films.

Mychael Danna was an award-winning composer who won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Ang Lee's critically acclaimed film, "Life of Pi" (2012). Danna crafted meticulously integrated scores for films, which made him a sought-after composer by many directors, including Atom Egoyan, Terry Gilliam and Ang Lee. His ability to meld international melodies and instrumentation with modern Western minimalism helped bring unique moods to some of the largest blockbusters and most personal independent films.

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1987:
Wrote first feature film score for Atom Egoyan's "Family Viewing", receiving a Genie Award nomination
1989:
Second collaboration with Egoyan, "Speaking Parts", earned him another Genie Award nomination
1989:
Earned third Genie Award nomination for Vic Sarin's "Cold Comfort"
1994:
Teamed with Egoyan again, this time writing a Genie-winning score for "Exotica", which incorporated his interest in Middle Eastern and South Asian music
1997:
Scored Gillies MacKinnon's "Regeneration", a film based on the Pat Barker novel about the Great War
1997:
Used Native American flute player Dan Cecil in concert with the Evergreen Gamelan Ensemble for Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm"
1999:
Scored four features, including Ang Lee's "Ride With the Devil", Atom Egoyan's "Felicia's Journey" and "Girl, Interrupted"
2011:
Won a Primetime Emmy for Best Original Main Title Theme for the TV series "Camelot" with brother Jeff Danna
2013:
Won his first Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for "Life of Pi"
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Education

University of Toronto: Toronto , Ontario -

Notes

The 1985 recipient of the prestigious Glenn Gould Award at the University of Toronto, Danna served as composer-in-residence at Toronto's McLaughlin Planetarium from 1987 to 1992.

Danna has released several albums of synthesized soundscapes in collaboration with Tim Clement (Danna & Clement).

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