Lalo Schifrin

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Lalo Schifrin (2006)

Lalo Schifrin (born June 21, 1932 in Buenos Aires ; real name: Boris Claudio Schifrin ) is an Argentine pianist , composer , arranger and conductor . His best-known compositions include the title themes of the series Kobra, you take over (original title: Mission: Impossible ), Starsky & Hutch and Mannix .


Lalo Schifrin learned to play the piano at the age of six with Enrique Barenboim, the father of the conductor Daniel Barenboim . In his youth he deepened his knowledge as a student of Andreas Karalis and Juan Carlos Paz ; It was also at this time that he became interested in jazz. At 20, Schifrin applied to the Conservatoire de Paris , where he studied with Olivier Messiaen and Charles Koechlin . He financed his studies by performing as a jazz pianist in Parisian nightclubs .

Back in Argentina, he founded a jazz orchestra in which Gato Barbieri played among others . He also performed with Bola Sete , who was touring South America at the time. In 1956 he met Dizzy Gillespie , for whose orchestra he composed the Gillespiana Suite . After Gillespie's Big Band broke up, Schifrin joined the latter's new quintet. He quickly advanced to musical director and arranger. Gillespiana was finally admitted in 1960, and Schifrin stayed with Gillespie's ensemble until 1962. He also wrote The new continent for Gillespie, performed at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival . He also worked as a pianist on Astor Piazzolla 's first tango album, Concert for Bandoneón and Orchestra, recorded in Paris, and worked with Sarah Vaughan , Ella Fitzgerald , Stan Getz , Eric Dolphy and Count Basie .

In 1963, Schifrin was offered by his record company MGM , the soundtrack for the film Rhino! To compose. It was to be the first of over 100 film scores. Schifrin's jazzy compositions for film classics such as Bullitt (1968) or Dirty Harry (1971) gave film music new impulses. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Schifrin also composed some of the best-known theme songs from classic TV series such as Kobra, you take over (original title: Mission: Impossible ) or Mannix .

In 1986 he performed his Salute to the Statue of Liberty with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl with great success . He composed the overture for the Pan American Games in 1987 and the final in 1995. His Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra was premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra with Angel Romero as soloist.

From 1987 to 1992 he was musical director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Paris. He has conducted many of the major symphony orchestras of the world such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra , the Vienna Symphony Orchestra , the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra , the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra , the Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra , the Houston Symphony Orchestra , the Orchestra of Saint Luke and the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina .

From 1989 to 1995 Schifrin was musical director of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra . He wrote the finale for the performance of the Three Tenors in the Caracalla Baths in 1990. In 1992 Diana Ross , Plácido Domingo and José Carreras performed his arrangements together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the traditional Christmas in Vienna event .

Since 1993 he has recorded the series Jazz Meets the Symphony with the London Philharmonic Orchestra , in which jazz musicians such as Ray Brown , Grady Tate , Jon Faddis , Paquito D'Rivera and James Morrison participated. Another famous "cross-over work" was The Dissection and Reconstruction of Music from the Past as Performed by the Inmates of Lalo Schifrin's Demented Ensemble as a Tribute to the Memory of the Marquis De Sade (also known as Schifrin / Sade ).

Also in 1993 was his Lili'Uokalani Symphony in honor of the last monarch of Hawaii ; in the same year this was recorded, also with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra . His Symphonic Sketches of Oman were commissioned by the Sultan of Oman and recorded in 2001 with the London Symphony Orchestra . In 2003 he conducted the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Orchester de la Suisse Romande in Geneva .

In his compositions, Schifrin merged elements of classical music with jazz and modern composition techniques of the 20th century. For example, he composed two piano concertos, a Concerto for Double Bass , Pulsations , Tropicos , La Nouvelle Orleans and Resonances .

Schifrin received four Grammy awards , six Oscar nominations and two Golden Globe Awards . He also received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood . In 2012 Lalo Schifrin won the Max Steiner Award at the Hollywood event in Vienna .

Filmography (selection)

Music for TV series

Film music


Web links

Commons : Lalo Schifrin  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hollywood - Honorary Oscars for Lalo Schifrin and Cicely Tyson. In: Deutschlandfunk. Archived from the original on September 7, 2018 .;