Christopher Young

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Christopher Young

Christopher Young (* 28. April 1957 in Red Bank , New Jersey ) is an American composer of film music .


He received a bachelor's degree in music from Massachusetts Hampshire College and continued his studies at North Texas State University before moving to Los Angeles in 1980 . There, he worked as a jazz - drummer , but soon oriented new and studied at the UCLA Film School with film music composer David Raksin .

Christopher Young has been working as an independent composer for film music since 1982 and has composed film scores for over 110 films to date . Young, who was a big fan of science fiction and horror films as a teenager, found the soundtrack through a record entitled The Fantasy Film World of Bernard Herrmann , which he found in a record store where Young was a regular in his hometown of Red Bench bumped. The composer Bernard Herrmann wrote the soundtrack for important films such as Psycho by director Alfred Hitchcock and The Journey to the Center of the Earth .

He won a Saturn Award in 1990 for his work on Hellbound - Hellraiser II . For the films Tempting Trap , Password: Swordfish and Der Fluch - The Grudge , he each won a BMI Film & TV Award .

Filmography (selection)


  • Christopher Young - "Suspense Journey to Hollywood". Interview with Dominik Rolewicz. In: Cinema Musica. Issue 4 / May 2006, pp. 11–15.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Video interview with composer Christopher Young in the documentary Der Höllenkomponist - Hellcomposer , directors: Michael Felsher and David Gregory, 19 minutes, 2007, produced by Anchor Bay Entertainment + Red Shirt Pictures + Starz Home Entertainment, included in the bonus material of the five-disc bluRay box Clive Barker's Hellraiser Trilogy , (Disc 1), 2018, Turbine Medien GmbH, Münster + Lakeshore International, Beverly Hills (USA)