Dimitri Tiomkin

Genres: Action & Adventure Comedy Drama Foreign Films Holiday & Seasonal Horror Musicals & The Arts Mystery / Thriller Pop / Rock Sci-Fi / Fantasy Soundtracks War Westerns
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

10 May 1894, St. Petersburg, Russia, d. 11 November 1979, London, England. An important composer of film music from the 30s through to the 60s. After being coached in music by his mother as a small child, Tiomkin later studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. He worked as a professional musician, playing on the concert platform and as a pianist in silent-movie theatres, before moving to Berlin in 1921 to continue his studies. He gave numerous concert performances in Europe as a soloist, and duetting with another pianist. In 1925 he made his first visit to the USA, and returned in 1930 when his wife, a ballet dancer and choreographer, was hired to work on some Hollywood films. Tiomkin was also engaged to write music for films, and was soon in great demand. His first major film score was for Alice In Wonderland (1933). By now an American citizen, Tiomkin quickly became one of the most successful and prolific film composers, writing scores and incidental music in...

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