Conrad Pope is one of the most respected and trusted musicians working today in Hollywood. Composers such as John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, James Horner and Howard Shore have all called upon his expertise as one of the industry’s top orchestrators as well as his abilities as a conductor and score producer, making him one of the most “in-demand” scoring professionals.
Conrad has contributed to the scores of more than a hundred films. The list of the many iconic films on which he has worked includes Star Wars Episodes I-III, the Harry Potter series, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Matrix films, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moonrise Kingdom, Godzilla, and the final two Hobbit films: The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies.
For their latest advertising campaign, United Airlines, with the blessing of the Gershwin Foundation, commissioned Pope to create a new arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue, which he conducted and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road.
Over his career, Pope has worked side by side with many of Hollywood’s finest directors, including Peter Jackson, Mark Romanek, Walter Murch, Scott Hicks, Gary Ross, Joe Johnston and Wes Anderson. His ability to work effectively with filmmakers and concretely translate their vision into music has made him a valued collaborator.
As such, he has scored numerous independent films. One of his recent original scores, Penn &Teller’s Tim’s Vermeer, has garnered attention and praise from directors and critics alike. Awarded the International Film Critics Award for Best Score to a Documentary in 2014 the score has won fans in the worlds of art, art music, and filmmakers.
Pope composed the music to Harvey Weinstein’s production of Simon Curtis’ film My Week with Marilyn. The soundtrack, featuring Lang Lang on piano, is available on Sony Classics.
The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers in 2015 awarded Conrad their prestigious Golden Score Award in recognition of his career as composer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor in film music.
Pope’s works for the concert stage include “Summer Sketches,” commissioned by Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut, which appears regularly on orchestra concerts throughout the United States. In spring of 2006, the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Eckart Preu, conductor, premiered Pope’s new orchestral work “Purple Prose,” greeted with standing ovation and critical acclaim. December 2010 saw the premiere of Conrad’s concert work for orchestra commissioned by the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute at their festival in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Pope holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Princeton University. After receiving the George Chadwick Medal, the New England Conservatory’s highest honor, upon his graduation, Pope went on to study at Munich’s Hochschule fuer Musik and at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, before completing graduate studies at Princeton University.