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A rising star among composers of contemporary film music, Deborah Lurie got her start arranging and producing for such bands and performers as Kelly Clarkson, Hoobastank, Adema, Gabriel Mann, and Caleb Kane. Her string arrangements can be heard on Daughtry’s chart-topping self-titled rock album, The All-American Rejects’ album “Move Along,” and on works from hard rockers Papa Roach and Three Days Grace. She was also the music director (arranging and producing music) for the popular shows The Pussycat Dolls (live at The Roxy); and bare, for which she won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, an LA Weekly Theater Award, and a Garland Award.
After working as an orchestrator for film scores, one of her first works as a film composer was Joe Nussbaum’s George Lucas in Love, which is among the most acclaimed and popular short films of recent years. Working as is her preference with live orchestras, Ms. Lurie has since composed the scores for such films as Scott Spiegel’s My Name is Modesty; Jim Wilson’s Whirlygirl; Dan Harris’ Imaginary Heroes; Sleepover and Sydney White, which reunited her with director Joe Nussbaum; Petter Naess’ Mozart and the Whale; Ryan Shiraki’s Spring Breakdown; Lasse Hallström’s An Unfinished Life; and Howard Hall’s 3-D IMAX documentary Deep Sea, which marked her first teaming with composer Danny Elfman.
She has composed additional music for such films as Sam Raimi’s two Spider-Man sequels and Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted.
Raised in Palo Alto, CA, Ms. Lurie enjoyed a childhood immersed in the arts – from modern dance and theater to composition and classical/jazz piano – that eventually led her to create such innovative works as an original score to her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Also in high school, she studied music theory and resolved to make music her career. To that end, she studied at USC, earning her Bachelors in Music Composition and graduating with the Composition Department award.