Composer David Hamilton began studying piano at the age of four and has been performing and composing ever since. Classically trained, he began formal studies in composition and music theory with the late avant-garde composer William Karlins, electronic music composer Stephen Syverud, and with Grammy Award Winner Augusta Read Thomas at Northwestern University. Soon after he began collaborating with student filmmakers, David developed a passion for composing music for visual media and sought more specialized training. He went on to study film scoring with Deniz Hughes (orchestrator to Elliot Goldenthal, Interview with the Vampire, S.W.A.T.), Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Naked Gun series), Sonny Kompanek (orchestrator to Carter Burwell, Twilight series), and music editing techniques with Timothy J. Starnes (Lord Of The Rings Trilogy) at NYU’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Multimedia Master of Music program. Working closely with the Tisch School of the Arts film and television community, David scored numerous independent short films and was selected to compose the music to Director Joseph Pernice’s finalist entry in Wong Kar Wai’s First Journeys Awards by Louis Vuitton.
Since relocating to his LA studio, David has composed scores for the films The Diet Life directed by Matt Walerstein, Final Payment directed by Rodney Wilson, Luke 11:17, a Webby nominated series directed by Jeremy Weiss and Don Stark of That ’70s Show, and recently composed additional music for Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome. David’s music has been featured on Dateline NBC, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, History Channel’s American Pickers, Discovery Channel’s Desert Car Kings, and VH1’s The T.O. Show. He has also composed music for advertising clients including Americana Manhasset, SiriusXM Radio, United Health Care of Southern California, Our Mobile Generation, Glumac, The Art Institute, PetBehave, SAE Institute Milano, and Softcup.