Danny Gray - Composer
Danny Gray is an internationally-awarded composer working at the intersection of contemporary orchestral music and multimedia scoring. His music has appeared in hundreds of episodes of television and has been performed by ensembles throughout the United States and abroad.
He has contributed music to over 800 episodes of programming on ABC, NBC, History Channel, National Geographic, and Investigation Discovery, as well as web television and documentaries. His music is regularly heard on such shows as NBC Dateline, 20/20, American Pickers, and On the Case with Paula Zahn, and has appeared in a wide variety of other productions.
His original score to the independent feature film One Penny was nominated for Best Original Score at the 2017 World Music and Independent Film Festival. Other narrative and documentary films featuring his music have appeared at South by Southwest, FanTasia, the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and various other festivals nationwide.
Apart from media scoring, Danny is an active composer of orchestral and choral concert music. His orchestral work Summer Mountains, inspired by an eleventh-century Chinese landscape painting, was premiered by the Chelsea Symphony in March 2017 and praised for its "purposeful impressionism... a colorful, programmatic piece" (New York Music Daily). His choral work Evening Over My City received the Manhattan Choral Ensemble's 2015 "New Music for New York" award and was a finalist for the 2015 American Prize in Composition. In 2014 he composed a setting of Robert Louis Stevenson poetry, entitled Under the Night Sky, which was awarded a world premiere by the Australian Boys Choir in celebration of their 75th anniversary and subsequently released on their album “75”.
Danny holds a B.M. in Composition from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and has studied music scoring and technology at NYU and USC. He designed the film music curriculum for Western Connecticut State University, where he is an adjunct instructor of media scoring and audio production. He also serves as Administrator for the Society of Composers & Lyricists in New York, organizing monthly seminars for the New York film scoring community and a mentorship program for aspiring media composers.