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John is probably best known for his Engineering and Mixing work on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy movies.  John took home 3 consecutive Grammys for
Best Score Soundtrack Album and 3 consecutive TEC Awards for Best Film Sound Production

BEGINNINGS

John joined the team at Abbey Road Studios in London at the age of 16. His first major assignment was as the assistant Engineer on the Beatles “Abbey Road” Album, at the request of George Martin and Geoff Emerick. John assisted on the subsequent solo albums from John, Paul, George and Ringo.He was promoted to first Engineer after less than 2 years of assisting.  Early projects included Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, Mickie Most, Peter Noone, Renaissance and Fela Kuti.

ORCHESTRAL CLASSIC ROCK

Specialized in tracking full orchestras for major bands, including Elton John, Toto (including the multiple Grammy-winning “Toto IV”), Extreme, Supertramp, Greg Lake, Pete Townshend, Ozzy Osbourne and Jeff Wayne’s “War of the Worlds”. Recorded orchestral tracks for Celine Dion, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Boyz II Men, David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock. Recorded orchestral and choral works for Paul McCartney.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Over a period of 20 years, Engineered many West End and Broadway Musical cast albums with EMI Producer and songwriter Norman Newell. Engineered almost all of the catalog for John Yap’s “That’s Entertainment” label, including Broadway productions of “On your toes”, “The Rink” and the complete studio cast recordings of classics such as “West Side Story” and “The King and I”. That’s Entertainment’s recording of “My Fair Lady” won the prestigious gramophone award for musical theater in 1997.Engineered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Grammy-winning “Requiem”.

CLASSICAL

Recorded most of the world’s major orchestras, including the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Orchestre, The Philharmonia, Royal Orchestra National de France, La Scala – Milan, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Earned 2 Grammy nominations for Classical Engineering on the last recordings of Eugene Ormandy. Recorded top rank International classical artists Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta. In 1985 was appointed Chief Recording Engineer of Abbey Road Studios and Chief Engineer EMI Classics.

FILM & GAME SCORING

1995 – Moved to Los Angeles to concentrate on freelance scoring. Film score and video game clients include composers Howard Shore, John Barry, Marco Beltrami, Antonio Pinto and Olivier Deriviere. Video game projects include “Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic” and “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” for LucasArts. “Assassin’s Creed II” for Ubisoft, “Dragon Age II” for Bioware, “Remember Me” for Capcom, “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” for Bethesda“ “Ori and the Will of the Wisps” for Moon /Microsoft and “Diablo”,“Starcraft II”, “World of Warcraft” and “Overwatch” for Blizzard Entertainment.

AWARDS

THE HURT LOCKER

Winner: Best Sound, Academy Awards

LOTR: RETURN OF THE KING

Winner: Best Music – Howard Shore, Academy Awards

Winner: Best Sound, Academy Awards

LOTR: THE TWO TOWERS

Nominated: Best Sound, Academy Awards

Winner: Best Score Soundtrack, Grammy Awards

LOTR: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

Winner: Best Music – Howard Shore, Academy Awards

Nominated: Best Sound, Academy Awards

Winner: Best Score Soundtrack, Grammy Awards

L’INSTICT DE MORT

Nominated: Best Music – Marco Beltrami, Cesar Awards (France)

Winner: Best Sound, Cesar Awards (France)

3:10 TO YUMA

Nominated: Best Sound, Academy Awards

MASTER AND COMMANDER

Nominated: Best Sound, Academy Awards

Winner: Best Sound, Bafta Awards

Winner: Best Sound, CAS Awards

THE AVIATOR

Winner: Best Music – Howard Shore, Golden Globes

Nominated: Best Sound, Academy Awards

Nominated: Best Sound, Bafta Awards

Winner: Best Sound, CAS Awards