A multi-faceted composer and conductor, Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli creates music with enduring appeal across cultures and genres. His well-crafted and deeply-felt scores for the indie film world, his innovative compositions for the classical concert stage, and his skilled musical direction for artists from across the pop music spectrum have earned him a reputation as a musician with a collaborative spirit and emotional intelligence.
Once a student of film scoring greats Henry Mancini and David Raksin, Anderson-Bazzoli was nominated for an Emmy Award® at age twenty-one for his first professional score: A Year to Remember on CBS News. He has since thrived in independent film with innovative and potent scores for the Venezuelan thriller Elipsis (Fox Latin America), the award-winning Swedish short Without Snow, the animated Action-feature Angel Wars: The Messengers (Fox Faith Video), and El Viento y el Agua ("The Wind and the Water"), a collaborative film project by Vero Bollow and the Igar Yala Collective of Panama, which received its premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He was also invited to take part in the prestigious Sundance Composers Lab in the summer of 2003.
As a composer for the concert hall Anderson-Bazzoli is the recipient of a 2012 ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation for Continent's End, his affecting new song cycle on the work of iconoclastic California poet Robinson Jeffers. He is also winner of the 2010 Ironworks Percussion Duo Composition Competition for his motor-rhythmic Prayer of the Heliotrope, as well as the American Composers Forum's Subito Award for his amplified string quartet Gentrify, written for LA's cutting-edge rock quartet The Section.
Anderson-Bazzoli has served as conductor and orchestrator on numerous rock and pop recordings including Christina Aguilera's Grammy-winning Back to Basics, British chanteuse Dido's Safe Trip Home, and multi-platinum crooner Michael Buble's 2011 album Christmas. He spent the '05-'06 television season orchestrating and producing synth-tracks for Paramount's Star Trek: Enterprise with composer Jay Chattaway and made an appearance at the 2011 Carlsbad Music Festival, where he conducted a performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider's "rapturous" (NY Times) song cycle Penelope.
After receiving degrees in Tuba Performance and Composition from UCLA, Anderson-Bazzoli served as editor and consultant for composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen on several projects with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including Salonen's work LA Variations, the Filmharmonic series with innovative stage director Peter Sellars, and PBS' Great Performances special to inaugurate Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Well-known for expertise in craft and perceptive expression, Anderson-Bazzoli’s artistry always invites listeners into a rich musical experience.