Mychael Danna

MYCHAEL DANNA is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His body of work includes his Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” and his many Canadian Academy Award-winning scores for director and longtime collaborator Atom Egoyan.

His passion for presenting complex ideas in a musically accessible way began as Danna learned his craft at the University of Toronto. There, he was exposed to early and world music that later influenced his style. Danna earned the school’s inaugural Glenn Gould Composition Award in 1985 and also began scoring for student theatre groups, as he launched his artistic partnership with Egoyan.

Danna received the 2013 Golden Globe and 2013 Oscar for scoring Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” following his collaborations with Lee on “The Ice Storm” in 1997 and “Ride with the Devil,” in 1999. 

His other celebrated collaborations include those with Bennett Miller on his multiple Oscar-nominee “Moneyball,” in 2011 and his Oscar-winning drama “Capote,” in 2005; with Terry Gilliam on his Oscar-nominated “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” in 2009 and “Tideland,” in 2005; with Mira Nair on “Vanity Fair,” in 2004, “Monsoon Wedding,” in 2001 and “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love,” in 1996; and with Billy Ray on “Breach,” in 2007 and “Shattered Glass,” in 2003.

Danna’s credits also include the 2006 Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine,” for which he shared a Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album; Marc Webb’s acclaimed romantic comedy “(500) Days of Summer” in 2009; and James Mangold’s 1999 Oscar-winning film “Girl, Interrupted.”

For television, Mychael and Jeff Danna wrote the original music for the FX series “Tyrant,” which earned them both Emmy nominations in the categories of Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music in 2015. They were previously Emmy-nominated for “Camelot” in 2011.  Mychael won an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Original Dramatic Score) for “World Without End.”

In 2015, Mychael and Jeff Danna worked on the score for “The Good Dinosaur” and received an Annie nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated Feature Production.  Mychael also scored the Oscar-nominated short preceding the film, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” Mychael and Jeff also wrote the original score for the animated film “Storks” and for “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” directed by Ang Lee which were both released in 2016.


Upcoming feature films for Mychael and Jeff include the animated film “The Breadwinner”, which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and is scheduled for release in theaters in Fall 2017. Mychael Danna is also working on “The Man Who Invented Christmas”.  For television, Mychael and Jeff are writing the music for the Margaret Atwood dramatization of “Alias Grace” for Netflix.

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