Craig Garfinkle Emmy Nominated and Award-Winning Composer, Producer and Director
Ed. Note: Craig was a member of the 1980, 1981, and 1982 NTW Recording Jazz Ensembles. He was a Student Director of both the NTW Lab Jazz Ensemble and the Recording Ensemble, a dual honor. In 1982 Craig received the highly coveted NTW Recording Jazz Ensemble Award, presented for outstanding musical performance and leadership.
Craig’s latest film score for the animated feature, The Canterville Ghost, was released, on October 20, 2023, in theaters across the US. The score, co-composed with his wife Eimear Noone, for the animated feature The Canterville Ghost, stars Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. The film will be released, worldwide, just in time for Halloween.
Of further interest, also with his wife Eimear, they composed the Ivor Novello and Hollywood Music in Media Award nominated “Two By Two: Overboard” – a sequel to the successful animated feature, Two By Two: Ooops! Noah Is Gone. The film, despite being released during the pandemic, was number one at the box office in Ireland, the UK, and Germany. The score received an Ivor Novello Award nomination, for Best Original Film Score.
Craig’s past work in animation includes multiple Disney series, most notably as one of the songwriters for The Little Mermaid series and one of the composers for Raw Toonage, which earned an Emmy nomination for original composition.
Craig has composed extensively for films including the family drama, It’s Dark Here (Starring Illiana Douglas, Bubba Lewis, and William Mapother), the black comedy, Get Out if You Can (Directed by TJ Martin), and the supernatural thriller, Blood Relative (Starring Cristin Milioti). His contribution to over 140 film trailers includes J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, the Harry Potter franchise, James Bond, Sin City, Red, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Over the Hedge, Spider-man III, HALO II and many more. Craig’s music has also appeared in 100’s of film and television projects such as NBC’s The Office, Fringe, Lost, The Sopranos, X Factor, and America’s Got Talent.
As a video game composer, Craig has composed for the iconic video game, World of Warcraft and its expansion, Warlords of Draenor (Hollywood Music in Media Award, Best Video Game Score). His experience in the genre goes back to the first Dungeons and Dragons Games for TSR Inc.
His composition work has led to many awards and accolades including an Emmy nomination for his original score for the KAET PBS special, Visions of Arizona, his composition Waltz to the Underworld received a 2018 Mark Award nomination for Best Trailer Composition and a song that he produced, “I Never Believed in Love, ’til I believed in You“, received the Emmy award for Best Original Song.
For Further Interest
Click here to go to Craig’s website containing video of his various works
Click Here to read Craig’s Autobiographical Sketch