Nathan Wang | Composer
imgNathan Wang is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood and Asian cinema. Prolific and versatile, he has written music for Jackie Chan movies, Steven Spielberg documentaries, live-action and animated movies for Disney, Dreamworks and Sony studios. His compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphoniy Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and the Chicago Symphony.


Wang's musical journey began with classical music, when he started playing piano at the age of three with his mother's encouragement. His father soon introduced him to jazz artists, and after studying composition with famed composer Morten Lauridsen at the University of Southern California at nine, he graduated from U.S.C at the tender age of 13.


 After opting for a general education from Pomona College instead of going to a music conservatory, he received a Fulbright scholarship to continue music graduate studies at Oxford University, England. He excelled in music composition and piano performance overseas, and once he returned to the states, the young pianist began playing at a bar in a popular five-star restaurant, where one of his fans turned out to be a producer for the TV show "China Beach." Doors opened, and Wang eventually became a composer for that show before moving on to write for "Eek! The Cat" on Fox, "Toonsylvania" for DreamWorks Animation, the television series "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures" and many Spielberg projects.


A collaboration with Hans Zimmer on the music for Steven Spielberg's "The Last Days" won an Academy Award for best documentary in 1999. Nathan was awarded the Singapore Grammy for "Best Arrangement of a Song" for his work on Faye Wong's song "I Trust You." He was also commissioned to write an opera in 2000 for Los Angeles Opera, spearheaded by Artistic Director Placido Domingo. Nathan received an Emmy for "Best Arrangement of a Song" for the award winning Showtime show "Reefer Madness." In 2011, Nathan won another Emmy for the documentary film he wrote "The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club"


Since then, Nathan has been entrenched in television and film, working with wonderful directors such as Andy Fickman ("She's the Man" by Dreamworks, and Disney films "The Game Plan" and "You Again") and Kevin Murphy (television series "Valentine" and "Hellcats"). He also composed for the award winning films "One Six Right", "The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club," and the Spanish film "Maktub." Nathan was also chosen by the eminent John Williams to co-compose for John Kerry's documentary film shown at the National Democratic Convention in 2004. In the following year, Nathan saw his musical "Imelda" go to off-Broadway, after it premiered in Los Angeles two years before to sold-out audiences.


Nathan has also been busy working overseas, scoring movies starring international names such as Zhang Ziyi ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,") Wang Leehom, Ji-Seob So, Aaron Kwok and Norika Fujiwara. He has just finished a 72 episode Chinese television series about the life of General Yue Fei. Because of the outstanding music written for the television series, Nathan was commissioned to write an overture, symphony and suite for Erhu and Orchestra based on themes and melodies composed for this series. A concert has been set for March 21st, 2013 with the Shanghai Philharmonic.