Larry Groupé

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Larry Groupé
by Rogers Turrentine

Larry Groupé is one of the most talented and versatile composers working today in the entertainment industry. With an impressive musical résumé in film and television as well as the concert stage, his achievements have received both critical praise and popular acclaim.

Larry has completed his latest score for Straw Dogs. Directed by Rod Lurie starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgård. Just prior to this was Nothing but the Truth starring Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon and Alan Alda. A compelling political drama about first amendment rights. Which followed on the heels of Resurrecting the Champ starring Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett. All collaborations with writer-director Rod Lurie.

Most notably, he wrote the score for The Contender starring Joan Allen, Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges, a highly regarded political drama written and directed by Rod Lurie, which received multiple Academy Award nominations. This political drama edge led them to Commander in Chief, which became the number one most successful new TV series when launched by ABC. Larry also enjoyed special recognition when he teamed with the Classic Rock legends, YES, co-composing ten original songs on the new CD release, Magnification, as well as writing overtures, arrangements and conducting the orchestra on their Symphonic Tour of the World.

In 2004 Larry was nominated for a primetime Emmy as composer of best original score for ABC's drama series, Line of Fire. He also wrote the music for Mike Binder's comedy series, The Mind of the Married Man, on HBO, as well as Man About Town starring Ben Affleck. Larry also enjoyed special recognition for his score of Lurie's early release, Deterrence, a doomsday thriller starring Kevin Pollack and Timothy Hutton.

Prior to this, a project based on Ed Wood's last script, I Woke Up Early the Day I Died, provided him with a unique opportunity to write a most unusual score for a silent movie produced by and starring Billy Zane. Last August Larry recorded his original score for the docudrama, Missions, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. The series is to be launched in Europe in the spring of 2005.

Larry has two Emmy awards to his credit for best documentary score Jonas Salk: Personally Speaking, and Residue a short subject film about the US early involvement in Cambodia. He's also composed the music for a variety of features that have shown at the Sundance, Berlin and Toronto International Festivals.

A graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, he began his senior year as the recipient of the ASCAP award for student composers. He went on to earn his Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at San Diego where he studied with Roger Reynolds, Toru Takemitsu and Pauline Oliveros. Subsequently, his composing, orchestrating and conducting skills took him to the world of film scoring where he won the New York Film Award for "Best Score.”

Larry has also composed, conducted and produced over eighty CD recordings. His music has been performed by a number of symphony orchestras and his recent composition, Water Unfolding, a fantasy for orchestra commissioned by the San Diego Symphony, has been warmly received by the public as well as obtaining excellent critical reviews. Menagerie, a suite for solo organ, was recently commissioned by the Spreckels Organ Society for its 85th birthday and performed at the world’s largest outdoor Organ Pavilion in San Diego's Balboa Park.

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