Lalo Schifrin

Argentine-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor (born 1932)

Boris Claudio "Lalo" Schifrin (born June 21, 1932)[1] is an Argentine pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He is best known for his movie and TV scores since the 1950s, including the theme from Mission: Impossible and Enter the Dragon.

Lalo Schifrin
with Kölner Musikhochschule on July 7 2006
with Kölner Musikhochschule on July 7 2006
Background information
Birth nameBoris Claudio Schifrin
Born (1932-06-21) June 21, 1932 (age 92)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Musician
  • composer
  • arranger
  • conductor
  • Piano
  • keyboards
Years active1950–present

Schifrin has received five Grammy Awards and six Oscar nominations. Schifrin is also known for his works with Clint Eastwood from the late 1960s to the 1980s, particularly the Dirty Harry movies.



Schifrin's influences including Thelonious Monk, Elmer Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Olivier Messiaen, Bernard Herrmann, Alec Wilder, Andrés Segovia, Ástor Piazzolla, Billy May, Bix Beiderbecke, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Henry Mancini, Miles Davis and Xavier Cugat.


  1. Huey, Steve (1932-06-21). "Allmusic biography". Retrieved 2012-06-25.