Ian Fraser came to New York from England in 1962 to conduct the Broadway musical Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, and moved to Los Angeles in 1966 to work on the musical film Doctor Dolittle. From 32 nominations, he has received 11 Primetime Emmy Awards for Music Direction. He was musical director for many of the Television Academy Hall of Fame programs, as well as the1984, 1993 and 2002 Emmy Awards. He received a 1970 Oscar nomination for Scrooge, and conducted the 1984 Oscar telecast. He made his debut as a guest conductor with the Boston Pops in 1992. After recording two Grammy-nominated Broadway albums with Julie Andrews, he returned to Broadway with her to conduct Victor/Victoria. In July 2008 he conducted two concerts at the Hollywood Bowl with Ms. Andrews, which included the symphonic premiere of her children’s musical Simeon’s Gift, for which he composed the music. This is his ninth term as a Music governor, and he is a past president of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.
Michael A. Levine
Michael A. Levine was the series composer for the Jerry Bruckheimer/CBS dramas Cold Case and Close to Home, for which he was awarded seven ASCAP awards. He is currently the series composer for the George Lucas-produced Star Wars: Detours animated Star Wars parody. He also composed the theme for Scrat, the sabertooth squirrel featured in the Ice Age shorts. Levine was an additional music composer and violinist on a number of Hans Zimmer scores, including The Simpsons Movie, Batman: The Dark Knigh and Rango, and is a featured violinist on many of Trevor Morris’ scores, including The Tudors, The Borgias and The Immortals. Levine’s concert music includes Divination by Mirrors for Saw and Strings, which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City; his Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra premiered at Ryman Hall in Nashville. He also composed the music for Kit Kat candy bar’s “Gimme a Break” jingle.