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Christopher Caliendo

composer, guitarist and publisher

Christopher Caliendo’s resume includes primetime TV for the legendary CBS series, Dallas, and for the award winning series, Paradise, where he received an Emmy nomination for his work with composer Jerrold Immel. In 2005, Christopher became the first composer in motion picture history to re-score a major studio motion picture – the restoration and re-release of Sam Peckinpah’s epic Western, Major Dundee, starring Charlton Heston and Richard Harris. The New York Times called it, “a vastly improved musical score.” Intrada Records and SONY Pictures partnered on mastering the CD soundtrack, released under the “Signature Series” of great Hollywood film scores for 2005. The DVD release has garnered world-wide praise, with esteemed film critic Leonard Maltin calling the score: “a tremendous asset and for Sam Peckinpah buffs – a great victory.” In 2007 20th Century Fox commissioned Christopher to score John Ford’s epic silent film, The Iron Horse. The New York Times called it “an excellent orchestral score”, it received the top 10 film score of the year award from Film Score Monthly, and the Academy of Motion Pictures included it as part of the distinguished Heritage Award. “Wonderful scores such as this brings this title triumphantly back to life”. Film Score Monthly. Four Sons and the documentary Becoming John Ford by Academy Award winning director, Nick Redman were a part of the resultant 27 film DVD Box set release. In 2008 Christopher returned to FOX to score F. W. Murnau’s City Girl and Frank Borzage’s Lucky Star. These 2 seminal films from 2 of the most famous silent film director’s in the history of cinema will be released with Christopher’s score to the accompanying documentary film, Murnau, Borzage and Fox directed by John Cork this December. As a composer, guitarist, conductor, teacher and publisher, Christopher Caliendo has written over five hundred classical/world music compositions, some of which comprise his American Tangos, American Gypsy, Chamber Jazz, Classical Jazz and World Music collections. Furthermore, in the world of Opera, Christopher became the first American composer in Vatican history to be twice commissioned by the Pope for the Vatican’s Encounters of Sacred Contemporary Music Festival, held in Rome, Italy. His sacred two-hour drama based on four of the Catholic Church’s most enigmatic pioneers in Western spirituality, The Mystic Saints, was a direct result of those commissions. After his performance, the Vatican Press hailed him as “America’s next Gershwin”. The Daily News in Los Angeles named Christopher Caliendo as a “wunderkind!” and the Los Angeles Times described his performances as “The Best Bet of the Evening”. A student at New England Conservatory of Music with a BA from Lowell College of Music, Mr. Caliendo was the recipient of the Henry Mancini Award for Film Composition and was invited to study at UCLA where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts Degree with the highest honors in Theory/Composition. Other awards include the Artin Arslanian Scholarship for Humanities, the Peabody Grant for Scholarship, and a decorative scroll from the City of Los Angeles for Outstanding Gifts as a Composer, Guitarist and Teacher. Christopher’s sheet music publications are sold at over 45 retailers nation-wide through Caliendo World Music Publishing, Inc. and at major sheet music internet sites such as: Sheet Music Plus, Encore Music, and Hickys. His music publications are also available with over 280 sound bytes, YouTube performances, 5 promotional videos, 13 slideshows at: www.christophercaliendo.com

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