In a career spanning over 35 years, four time EMMY nominated composer David Michael Frank has written the music for over 80 feature, cable, and television films, as well as several hundred episodes of primetime series. He has scored films for such renowned directors as Andrew Davis, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Wes Craven, Abel Ferrara, and William Shatner. These films include the action film Above The Law, the urban comedy I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, the erotic thriller Poison Ivy, the Oscar-nominated Imax film Cosmic Voyage, as well as David Mamet’s A Life In The Theater, starring Jack Lemmon and Matthew Broderick.
Two months before his tragic death, Michael Jackson personally chose Frank to orchestrate and conduct a new album of Jackson’s original, classical compositions. They began collaborating on the first two instrumental pieces, which were going to be recorded by an 80-piece orchestra in Los Angeles or London. Jackson and Frank first met 20 years earlier on a television special honoring Sammy Davis Jr., for which Frank received his first EMMY nomination.
Frank's second EMMY nomination came for his score to the ABC film, Annie: A Royal Adventure, soon followed by another EMMY nomination for his song Togetherness, from the Disney film, You Lucky Dog. Frank was nominated for his fourth EMMY, this time for his theme from the relaunch of the ABC series, The Mole. This music was performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Frank wrote an original score for the Mary Pickford film, My Best Girl, which was performed live to picture by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Frank conducting. This was followed by his score for the Pickford documentary, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies, which premiered at Telluride and won Best Film at the 2014 Universal Film Festival. Frank was born and raised in Baltimore, where he studied piano and composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and was a soloist with the Peabody Orchestra at age sixteen. After further studies in Paris and a degree from Northwestern University, Frank moved to New York where he spent several years conducting such Broadway musicals as Grease, Pippin, and The Me Nobody Knows. Recently, Frank returned to his Broadway roots to write a new musical based on Ian Ogilvy’s play, A Slight Hangover.