Michael Kamen

American composer

Michael Arnold Kamen (April 15, 1948 - November 18, 2003) was an American composer, orchestral arranger and conductor, songwriter, and session musician.

Michael Kamen
Birth nameMichael Arnold Kamen
Born(1948-04-15)April 15, 1948
New York City, New York, United States
DiedNovember 18, 2003(2003-11-18) (aged 55)
New York City, New York, United States
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, orchestral, arranger, orchestral contractor, songwriter, session musician
InstrumentsOboe, piano
Years active1967-2003


Kamen stated composers like Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin, Maurice Jarre and John Barry as influences.

Health and deathEdit

Kamen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. He died in London, England, from a heart attack on November 18, 2003, at the age of 55.[1]


  1. "Michael Kamen, 55, Award-Winning Composer". The New York Times. November 20, 2003. Retrieved October 12, 2013.

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