has managed to build a very prolific career in Hollywood. He
composed cult scores, such as Back To The Future (1985), Romancing The
Stone (1984) and Predator (1987), already very early in his career and is still
composing with the same energy, melodic voice and feeling for rythms
that made him famous over three decates ago as one of the youngest
film composers to start in the business.
born in New York City in 1950, was a musical wonder-kid from the
very first minute. His parents did not have any interest in music
but nevertheless, Alan Silvestri played drums already at the age of
three: “The first time I heard a symphony orchestra was in my early
20's. So there wasn't exposure to a certain kind of music, and yet
music was what I always wanted to do".
his high school years in the turbulent 60ies, he taught himself to
play instruments like drums, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, woodwinds
and he started playing the guitar at the age of 14. Only one year
later, he seriously thought about turning his hobby into a
profession as a jazz performer. After studying at the jazz-oriented
Berklee College of Music in Boston at the age of 20, he began turing
with the rhythm and blues band Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders.
His first scoring assignments came out of a sudden and were limited
to low budget movies such as The Doberman Gang and Las Vegas
Lady in the late 70’ies at a time when he had no experience in
scoring movies and the work on these films actually cost him more
money than he would hearn.
The big break
came in the mid 80’ies, when Alan Silvestri met director Robert
Zemeckis who was desperately looking for a composer who would be
able to create an exciting score for his adventure Romancing The
Stone. The enormous success of this movie and the quality of Alan Silvestri’s score not only lead to more scoring assignments but to
an ongoing friendship between director and composer which lead to
remarkable collaborations on movies such as Back To The Future
Who Framed Roger Rabit? (1988), Death Becomes Her
(1992), Forrest Gump
(which earned Silvestri his one and only Academy Award nomination
in 1994 for best score so far), What Lies Beneath (2000), Cast Away
Polar Express (2004) and most recently Beowulf (2007).
continues to work closely with director Stephen Sommers and his
editor/producer Bob Ducsay since he scored their blockbuster sequel
The Mummy Returns (2001) and their horror-action crossover
Van Helsing (2004). His good working relationship with both men
lead to several other assignments like the academy award winning
short film Two Soldiers (2003) and the surprise hit Night
At The Museum (2006).
Silvestri conducted a special concert with selections from his
scores for the Soncinemad Film Music Festival in Madrid, Spain.
Besides Silvestri classics like Back To The Future, Forrest Gump,
Cast Away, Judge Dredd and The Mummy Returns,
he also conducted a world premiere of his Beowulf score.
Audience reaction was overwhelming with several long standing
The future for
Silvestri looks bright as well with confirmed upcoming big projects
such as Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol (due in November
2009) and Stephen Sommers' G.I. Joe (due in August 2009).