Michael Giacchino nominated for an Academy Award® for his score to the animated blockbuster Ratatouille, which went on to win the Oscar® for Best Animated Film. He made his feature film composing breakthrough with the acclaimed score for The Incredibles and went on to compose music for the live-action superhero film Sky High, the comedy-drama The Family Stone, Albert Brooks’ Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World and the thriller Mission: Impossible III. He most recently composed the score for Speed Racer and served as music director for the 81st Academy Awards®.
Giacchino has composed for many genres in other media, including television shows, animated shorts, video games and stand-alone symphonies, with themes running the gamut from driving to melancholic, suspenseful to serene. Fans of the hit ABC shows Lost and Alias have been enjoying his compositions for several seasons.
Previously, Giacchino scored the PlayStation video game based on Steven Spielberg’s summer box office hit The Lost World, featuring the first original live orchestral score written for a PlayStation console game, recorded with the Seattle Symphony. He went on to compose many orchestral scores for interactive media, including the highly successful Medal of Honor series, a World War II simulation game created by Spielberg.
On May 13, 2000, the Haddonfield Symphony premiered Giacchino’s first Symphony, Camden 2000. The concert took place at the Sony E-Center in Camden, New Jersey, with proceeds benefiting the Heart of Camden, an organization dedicated to rebuilding inner-city housing.
Giacchino studied film production at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and subsequently pursued composition and music studies at both the Juilliard School and UCLA.