Carter Burwell

Composer, Vocalist, Computer graphics artist
Though known primarily as the one-and-only composer to have worked with Joel and Ethan Coen, Carter Burwell amassed an impressive resume that included some of Hollywood's biggest films of the 1990s and 2000s. After ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1955 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (127)

Dilbert 1998 - 1999, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Music

Mr. Holmes 2015 (Movie)

(Composer)

Olive Kitteridge 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Music

Legend 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Gangster Squad 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

The Fifth Estate 2013 (Movie)

Music / Music Programmer And Orchestrator (Music)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Score Orchestrator & Conductor (Music Conductor)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two 2012 (Movie)

Conductor (Music Conductor)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two 2012 (Movie)

Music / Music Orchestrator (Music)

Enlightened 2011 (Tv Show)

Music

Mildred Pierce 2011 (Tv Show)

Music

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part One 2011 (Movie)

Music Orchestrator (Original Music)

Howl 2010 (Movie)

Piano (Music)

Howl 2010 (Movie)

(Original Score)

The Kids Are All Right 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

Orchestrator and Conductor (Original Music)

The Blind Side 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

The Blind Side 2009 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Original Music)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Where the Wild Things Are 2009 (Movie)

Orchestrator & Conductor (Music Conductor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Music)

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

Music Orchestrator (Original Music)

In Bruges 2008 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Twilight 2008 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Twilight 2008 (Movie)

(Composer)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

("Jarbe Pateno") (Music Producer)

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

On-Camera Music Arrangements (Music Arranger)

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

Orchestra Conductor (Music Conductor)

The Alamo 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

Original Score Conductor (Music Conductor)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

Original Score Orchestrator (Original Music)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

S1M0NE 2002 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The Rookie 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

A Knight's Tale 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

orchestrator & conductor (Original Music)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

music conductor & orchestrations (Music Conductor)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

original score writing & recording provider & performer (Original Score)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

(Performer)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

music recordist (Music)

Hamlet 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

("Wedding March (Bridal Chorus)" from Lohengrin) (Music Arranger)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

orchestrator & conductor (Original Music)

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Mystery, Alaska 1999 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

The Corruptor 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

The General's Daughter 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

music conductor/orchestration (Music Conductor)

Gods and Monsters 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

original music orchestrator (Original Music)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

conductor (Music Conductor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

music orchestrations (Original Music)

The Spanish Prisoner 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Assassin(s) 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Conspiracy Theory 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Picture Perfect 1997 (Movie)

orchestra conductor (Music Conductor)

The Jackal 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

The Locusts 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Fear 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

(Original Score)

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

orchestrator and conductor (Original Music)

The Chamber 1996 (Movie)

(Music)

A Goofy Movie 1995 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Bad Company 1995 (Movie)

piano (Performer)

Bad Company 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Rob Roy 1995 (Movie)

conductor (Music Conductor)

Rob Roy 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Two Bits 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Airheads 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

A Dangerous Woman 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

This Boy's Life 1993 (Movie)

(Music)

Wayne's World 2 1993 (Movie)

Music Score (Music)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1992 (Movie)

music score (Music)

Storyville 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Waterland 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

("The Millwood Stomp") (Song)

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Scorchers 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

(Music)

Checking Out 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

It Takes Two 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Pass the Ammo 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

The Beat 1988 (Movie)

(Music)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Psycho III 1986 (Movie)

songs("Catherine Mary" "Dirty Street" "Scream of Love") (Song)

Psycho III 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

And the Band Played On (TV Show)

Music

Framed (TV Show)

Music
Actor (3)

The 9th Annual Gotham Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

Roach Chorus (Actor)

Funny 1989 (Movie)

Composer (Actor)

Biography

Though known primarily as the one-and-only composer to have worked with Joel and Ethan Coen, Carter Burwell amassed an impressive resume that included some of Hollywood's biggest films of the 1990s and 2000s. After launching his career with the haunting score for "Blood Simple" (1984) and the loopy banjo-laced compositions for "Raising Arizona" (1987), Burwell wrote music for a wide and varied slate of films that included everything from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and "Wayne's World 2" (1993) to "Conspiracy Theory" (1997) and "In Bruges" (2008). Though in demand by Hollywood studios, Burwell and his quirky sensibilities fit best with directors like the Coen Brothers and Spike Jonze. From Norwegian folk songs in "Fargo" (1996) to the off-kilter tones of "Being John Malkovich" (1999) to fusing Beethoven sonatas with his own piano work in "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2002), Burwell often delivered his finest work for the Coens and Jonze. But while the directors earned numerous awards and critical acclaim, Burwell was typically left uncounted when nominations came rolling in. That all changed in 2009 when he finally received the recognition he deserved by way of his first Golden Globe nomination for his music in "Where the Wild Things Are" (2009), which seemed to promise greater things to come.

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1977

Milestones

2009

Composed the music for "Where the Wild Things Are"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score

1998

Wrote the theme music for the UPN animated series "Dilbert"

1998

Scored "Gods and Monsters"

1996

Reteamed with the Coes brothers to score "Fargo"

1991

First minimalist score for "Barton Fink"; score melded with other sound elements; only about 20 bars of music in the film

1990

First TV score for "Framed"

1990

Composed first orchestral score, for the Coens' "Miller's Crossing"

1984

Wrote first film score, for the Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple"

1984

Provided computer graphics for Yoshiaki Kawajiri and Kazuyuki Hirokawa's "Lensman", an animated science fiction feature

Worked for a few years after graduation in biology labs doing computer graphics, animation, and digital image processing

Sat in as a keyboardist with various bands in his spare time

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