Aaron Zigman is one of Hollywood’s most diversified young film composers. The prolific composer has established a reputation for his exquisite, lyrical, and highly evocative scores. The San Diego native started to develop his musical talents when he was just six. He began to train as a classical pianist with his mother, a pianist and harpist. While in his third year at UCLA, Zigman signed a four-year songwriting contract with big time publisher Almo Irving. He then began writing, producing, arranging, and orchestrating for many of the major top artists in the record industry. Zigman was one of the four songwriters under their guidance and penned songs for Carly Simon, co-wrote with David Lasley, Jerry Knight, and Steve Cropper.
At the age of 20, Zigman began studying alongside his renowned cousin George Bassman, a distinguished MGM composer who orchestrated for the “Wizard of Oz” and for the eminent Andre Kostelanetz. He also penned the Tommy Dorsey Classic, “Getting Sentimental Over You” as well as arranged music for Lena Horne, and Benny Goodman.
Soon Aaron Zigman transitioned to studio music, working with producers Don Was, Gary Katz, Steely Dan and Stewart Levine. This experience helped Zigman create a name for himself as a producer/writer which led him to work with musical icons Aretha Franklin, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, Chicago, and with pop artist sensations Christina Aguilera, Sting and Seal.
His passion for orchestration led him to compose concert works. His symphonic pieces include a tone poem divided into 5 movements, written as a tribute for Yitzhak Rabin, which was performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Also his “Impressions” piece was performed by the USC Symphony orchestra, and his original concert work “Vis Vitae” was performed at the Third Annual Beverly Hills International Music Festival.
Next for Zigman to foray was the film industry. His work was featured in films such as “Mulan,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Bird Cage,” “Licensed to Kill,” “Caddyshack,”and “Pocahontas.” His list of accomplishments prominent: Zigman’s key focus was creating orchestral music. It was inevitable that Zigman’s talents would lead him to scoring major films.
Zigman was determined to display his talents as a film composer. He personally hired a 55 piece orchestra, and wrote an extravagant six-minute opening montage that he submitted as a demo to director Nick Cassavetes for “John Q.” This success led him to several collaborations with Cassavetes including the romantic drama “The Notebook” and the industrial, edgy drama “Alpha Dog.”
In only five years, Zigman has amassed works on a broad range of twenty-five film scores. Zigman-scored films released in 2006 include projects as diverse as “Flicka,” “ATL,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Take the Lead,” “Step Up,” “Alpha Dog,” and “10th & Wolf.” For the next year, Zigman will have at least one movie premiering each month including “Good Luck Chuck,” and “Jane Austen Book Club” on September 21st, then “Martian Child” in October, followed by “Why Did I Get Married,” and “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” on November 16th, and “Christmas Cottage” in December. ” In addition to critical acclaim, Zigman has received various accolades for his work including an Emmy, 2 BMI Film Music Awards, and a Black Reel Nomination.