Seven-time Grammy nominated German-born composer/arranger/conductor CHRIS WALDEN has scored more than 40 feature and TV films, and has written more than 1,500 orchestral and big band arrangements for artists including Michael Bublé, Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, SEAL, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, and orchestras like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops. He has worked closely with producers David Foster, Tommy LiPuma, and Phil Ramone.
He most recently served as lead arranger for the Academy Awards (Oscars®), he arranged for and conducted the Kennedy Center Honors and arranged the National Anthem for Jennifer Hudson's performance at the SUPER BOWL XLIII. His recent film credits as a composer include the feature films “The Terror of Hallow’s Eve” and King Of Herrings”. For many years Walden worked as arranger for AMERICAN IDOL” and the THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno. He has been musical director on many TV shows and series, and has worked on more than 150 CDs. As an arranger and bandleader he has worked with jazz artists including Diana Krall, Herb Alpert, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, and the Count Basie Orchestra.
• 2017 Grammy Nomination for "White Christmas" (Herb Alpert)
• 2014 Grammy Nomination for "Moon River" (Amy Dickson)
• 2013 Grammy Nomination for "Let's Fall In Love"
(Calabria Foti/Seth MacFarlane)
• 2008 (2) Grammy nominations for "Symphony No.1"
• 2007 ASMAC award
• 2005 (2) Grammy nominations for "Home Of My Heart"
(Chris Walden Big Band)
• 1998 Ernst-Fischer-Prize
• 1993 Ernst-Fischer-Prize
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The real star of the evening was Walden's writing..., he
managed the rare achievement of producing extremely personal
sounds. (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times)
... It was the work of a man who knows how to handle an
(Tony Gieske, Hollywood Reporter)