Mark Mancina's honest and heartfelt film scores traverse every genre: drama, action, comedy, epic and suspense. His honors include three Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, Britain's Ivor Novello Award and a Tony Award nomination.
Born in Santa Monica, he began his musical training at an early age focusing on classical guitar, classical piano and composition. His scores frequently feature his own performances on piano, guitar, bass, percussion and drums, highlighting unique sounds harvested from a personal collection of traditional, exotic, and custom instruments from around the world.
Recent career highlights include composing the original score for the highly anticipated Warner Bros. Thanksgiving release August Rush, the story of a musical prodigy's search for his parents which culminates in a Central Park concert featuring Mancina's 'Rhapsody No. 1 in C Major'; scoring Camille, a romantic fantasy starring Sienna Miller; the recent Antoine Fuqua film, Shooter; co-scoring the CBS primetime drama Criminal Minds; and co-composing the new Walt Disney Pictures opening title treatment.
Other projects include the Oscar-winning Training Day, for which he provided a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama and is widely used as a temp track. His breakout score for Speed influenced the sound of subsequent action movies. His scores for Twister, Bad Boys, Tarzan and Moll Flanders are among fan favorites.
Mancina added Broadway to his list of accomplishments when he co-wrote songs and produced the score for the musical production of The Lion King. In his role as Producer of Music for the Stage, Mancina collaborated with Lebo M and director Julie Taymor to create the distinctive musical atmosphere of the Tony-award-winning show. This year also marks the 10th anniversary celebration of the production. There is no doubt that his artistic achievement on The Lion King will go down in history.
Attracted to a life of music by his classical background and the popular masterpieces of his youth, Mancina continues to draw inspiration from fellow musicians and an innate musical joy. He thrives on the challenge of each new project and aspires to compose enduring scores.