Craig Armstrong – Masterful Movie Soundtrack Composer

Most people have never heard of the name ‘Craig Armstrong’, yet they may be more familiar with his work than they think. As one of the top movie soundtrack composers currently working in the film industry, his work has been used in more than one epic blockbuster in recent years.

Craig Armstrong is a composer who was born in 1959 in Scotland. He prefers to create modern orchestral music, making frequent use of different electronic media to give a distinctive but enjoyable edge. Armstrong has long been studying music in its various forms. He played the violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was even awarded the Charles Lucas prize and a scholarship for his excellent aptitude for musical composition. He later won even more awards for musical composition and Jazz and eventually obtained work at the London Contemporary Dance School whilst completing his studies at the Academy. In the 1980s, Armstrong was commissioned to produce compositions for the Arts Council and the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. He also spent time studying electronic music and joined bands such as ‘Texas’, ‘Hipsway’ and ‘The Big Dish’. Armstrong went on to compose music for a number of film, television and stage productions for the Traverse Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC.

The 1990s saw Armstrong rise in popularity considerably as a movie soundtrack composer. He produced film scores for movies such as Romeo and Juliet (1996), The Negotiator (1998), Plunkett & Macleane (1999), The Bone Collector (1999), Cruel Intentions (1999) and Romeo Must Die (2000). The start of the new century saw Craig Armstrong earn a Golden Globe award for ‘Best Original Score’ for his work in the 2001 film ‘Moulin Rouge’. He has since produced music for, amongst others, The Quiet American (2002), Love Actually (2003), Must Love Dogs (2005) and World Trade Center (2006).

Armstrong’s works are incredibly stirring and often people will purchase movie soundtracks just to enjoy listening to his songs. One simply cannot adequately describe how the unique blend of piano, electronic media and orchestral sounds can stir emotions in a movie viewer. Suffice to say, none of the movies which have featured songs by Craig Armstrong would be the same without his masterful compositions. Why not buy one of his CDs or download some MP3s and see if you recognize his music? You may be surprised at what you find!