Born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 16 1924, Henry Mancini was one of the most versatile talents in contemporary music. The Mancini name is synonymous with great motion picture and television music, fine recording and international concert performances. During his lifetime, Mancini was nominated for 72 GRAMMY® Awards, winning 20. He was nominated for 18 Academy Awards ® winning four, honored with a Golden Globe® Award and nominated for two Emmy® Awards.
Mancini created many memorable film scores including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari!, Charade, Victor/Victoria, Darling Lili, Arabesque and The Glass Menagerie. He also wrote for a number of television films including “The Thorn Birds” and “The Shadow Box” as well as television themes including “Peter Gunn,” “Mr. Lucky,” “NBC Election Night Theme,” “Newhart,” “Remington Steele,” and “Hotel.” Mancini recorded over 90 albums with styles varying from big band to jazz to classical to pop, eight of which were certified gold by The Recording Industry Association of America®.
Henry Mancini wrote two books: ‘Sounds and Scores – A Practical Guide to Professional Orchestration’, which can be found on the shelf of virtually every serious student of music, and his autobiography ‘Did They Mention The Music?’
In 1994 Mancini received UCLA’s most prestigious award, The Distinguished Artist Circle Away. Mancini was also bestowed with four honorary doctorate degrees: Duquesne University of Pennsylvania, Mount Saint Mary’s College in Maryland, Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.