Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis

Michael J. Lewis - composer, pianist and producer, was born in Aberystwyth, Wales. He was a choirboy at six and church organist at ten. Later, he studied harmony, counterpoint and composition in London. His numerous film score credits include JULIUS CAESAR, THE MEDUSA TOUCH, THEATRE OF BLOOD, HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES and SPHINX. He won the Ivor Novello Award (Britain's premier music prize) for his first film score, THE MADWOMAN OF CHAILLOT, starring Katharine Hepburn. His Broadway show, CYRANO, earned Christopher Plummer a Tony Award and the writers a Grammy nomination. The TV film THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROVE won Michael an Emmy and his first American TV score, ROSE AND THE JACKAL, starring Christopher Reeve, won an American Cable Excellence nomination. In 1994 he formed Pen Dinas Productions (Welsh for 'chief city'), named after the hill in Wales on which he was born. Twelve CDs have now been released. Micael founded Côr Cymraeg De Califfornia/The Welsh Choir of Southern California in 1997. He has been the recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for the last four years.


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