Hamlisch's life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as
substance. Best known as a composer, Hamlisch has written major works for
film, stage, recordings and concert halls. As conductor, he has led the
great orchestras of the world, and as pianist and entertainer, he has
performed both with ensembles and in a solo capacity.
a composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists:
three Oscars, four Grammys, three Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe
awards. His groundbreaking show, A CHORUS LINE, received the
the Broadway shows Hamlisch has composed are THEY'RE PLAYING OUR
SONG and THE GOODBYE GIRL. He is currently writing a
new musical, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
(book by John Guare, lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Nicholas Hytner directing)
to open in 2002. He is the composer of more than forty motion picture
scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for THE WAY WE
WERE and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for THE
STING for which he received a third Oscar.
prolific output of scores for films include original compositions SOPHIE'S
CHOICE, ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE SWIMMER, THREE MEN AND A BABY and/or
musical adaptations for ICE CASTLES, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, BANANAS
and SAVE THE TIGER.
Hamlisch holds the position of Principal Pops Conductor with the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as well as the National Symphony Orchestra
in Washington, DC. Marvin Hamlisch is the first person to hold such a
Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbara Streisand's 1994
concert tour of the United States and England as well as of the television
special, "Barbara Streisand: The Concert" (for
which he received two of his Emmys). He served in the same capacities for
her Millennium concerts.
of the youngest students ever admitted to The Juilliard School, Hamlisch
is a graduate of both Juilliard and Queens College (where he earned a
Bachelor of Arts degree). Hamlisch believes in the power of music to bring
people together. He says, "Music can make a difference. There is a
global nature to music which has the potential to bring all people
together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to
contribute by widening communication as much as I can."
Hamlisch and his wife, Terre, reside in New York City.
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