BIOGRAPHY

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“He’s the best brother I’ve ever had.”
—Award-winning Travel Journalist and Author, Peter Guttman

Known for the highly evocative imagery he conjures up with his music, Gary Guttman is a widely respected composer. Writing for film, television and themed attractions, Gary’s music has been performed by some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony.

Gary discovered his composing talents early in life. At age 16, after several years of composing, he was awarded the Orchestration Scholarship at Chautauqua Institution in New York. At this famed artist colony, Gary was fortunate to have his composition performed by one of their orchestras. One year later at Ithaca College, he commenced his four year studies with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Karel Husa.

Soon after graduation, Gary was invited out to Los Angeles by famed jazz musician Tom Scott (whose credits include Paul McCartney, Steely Dan, and Barbara Streisand). A few months after arriving in L.A., Gary started playing keyboards for the pop group Missing Persons and can be heard on their hits Destination Unknown and Mental Hopscotch. The highlights of recording those songs were spending a week in Frank Zappa’s home/studio and working with famed Beatles and Elton John engineer Ken Scott.

Shortly after leaving Missing Persons, Gary started work at Landmark Entertainment Group in Hollywood where he spent almost two decades as their senior staff composer. Some of his work for Landmark included the scores to the futuristic sci-fi television series Captain Power, the IMAX film Race for Atlantis and the themed attraction James Bond 007: License to Thrill for MGM. Creating soundtracks for television series, film projects and spectacular special effects attractions kept Gary quite busy. It also allowed him to express himself musically in a multitude of styles and genres.

After leaving Landmark Entertainment, he began his freelance career where he added shows such as 20/20, The Today Show and Primetime to his list of credits. Of special note, Gary recently co-created the groundbreaking software Secret Composer which teaches musicians how to compose in the style of film and TV soundtracks. This past year, Gary participated in the release of his soundtrack to the television series Captain Power, which was immediately chosen “pick of the month” at Film Music Magazine. In addition, Gary scored Michele McGovern’s music video “Pavane” which went on to win “Best Music Video” at the 2015 Los Angeles Film and Script Festival.

Gary has written music for CBS, NBC, ABC, Universal Studios, Warner Bros, IMAX Films, Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas and Sesame Street, among others.