Steven Price (composer)

Steven Price
Born (1977-04-22) 22 April 1977
Nottingham, England, UK
Other names Steve Price, Steven B. Price
Occupation Film composer
Years active 1996–present

Steven Price (born 22 April 1977) is a British film composer, best known for scoring Gravity, the latter of which won him the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[1][2] Before making is debut as a composer with Attack the Block, he worked on the music department for various notable films, such as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Batman Begins, or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Life and career

Price's passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Following graduation, he went to work in the London studio of Gang of Four guitarist/producer Andy Gill, for whom he would program, contribute string arrangements, and play on albums alongside artists such as Michael Hutchence and Bono.

Price went on to work as a programmer, arranger, and performer with film music composer Trevor Jones. He provided additional music for projects such as Roger Donaldson's Thirteen Days; Stephen Norrington's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Frank Coraci's Around the World in 80 Days; the television series Dinotopia; and Tamra Davis' Crossroads, on which he was also the featured guitar soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

A recommendation from Abbey Road Studios brought him to the attention of Howard Shore, leading to Price's work with the composer as music editor) on Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. His subsequent films as music editor included Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, for which he shared with his fellow music editors a Golden Reel Award nomination; and, in his first project with The World's End director Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, on which he also collaborated with the film's composer Nigel Godrich. Among the other composers that he has worked with and learned from are Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams, George Fenton, Dario Marianelli, and Anne Dudley.

He has composed music for advertising campaigns in both the U.K. and U.S. After contributing additional music to Richard Curtis' Pirate Radio, he composed the original score for Joe Cornish's sleeper success Attack the Block, winning awards from both the Austin Film Critics Association and the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.

In 2013, Price composed the score for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Score.[3]



Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2011 Attack the Block Joe Cornish Optimum Releasing with Basement Jaxx
2013 The World's End Edgar Wright Focus Features N/A
Gravity[1] Alfonso Cuarón Warner Bros. Pictures Academy Award for Best Original Score
BAFTA Award for Best Original Music
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated – Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
2014 Fury David Ayer Columbia Pictures N/A
2015 The Hunt N/A BBC Earth N/A
2016 Suicide Squad David Ayer Warner Bros. Pictures
DC Entertainment

Music department

Awards and honours

In December 2013, the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association awarded him the Best Musical Score honor for his work on Gravity.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 "Steven Price (II)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  2. "Steven Price". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  3. Martens, Todd (March 2, 2014). "Oscars 2014: Steven Price wins original score for 'Gravity'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  4. Simek, Peter (December 16, 2013). "Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Name 12 Years a Slave Best Picture of 2013". D Magazine. Dallas, TX. Retrieved December 17, 2013.

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