Howard Shore

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

            The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring was a spectacular success from 2001 (earning almost a billion dollars in world-wide distribution), and was nominated for thirteen Oscars, including Best Original Score.  Composer Howard Shore is a native of Toronto, with ten Oscars, Golden Globes, and Grammys to his credit.  In addition to film scores, he has written several concert works, including an opera and two concertos.  A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has a background in jazz, and for a while was music director of Saturday Night Live, composing the theme for the show.  A bit of trivia:  apparently he suggested the title for the movie, The Blues Brothers.