David O’s musical compositions span a broad range of styles and genres, and have been featured in the theatre, in concert halls, and in film and television.
His concert work has included numerous choral compositions, including most notably "A Map of Los Angeles", commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and performed by them twice at Walt Disney Concert Hall. His "Fanfare for Grand Park" was created specifically for the opening of Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles, and featured an eclectic mix of “world” and western musicians.
David’s work for the theatre has included the critically-acclaimed scores for "Hippolytos" and "Helen" at the Getty Villa, "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and the Ovation Award-winning "Ubu Roi" at A Noise Within.
His film work has included creating the score for the recent documentary "Bronies: the Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony" and contributing to the soundtrack for the Warner Brothers picture "License to Wed".
David’s work as a composer is enhanced and deepened by his unique skills as a multi-faceted music-theatre artist. He is a gifted pianist, conductor, arranger, vocal coach, and sometimes actor. He has received numerous awards and accolades over the years for his work, including Ovation Awards, LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, and Backstage West Garland Awards, and is the most recent recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.
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