Board of Governors

January 01, 2013

Michael A. Levine, Music

Michael A. Levine was the series composer for the Jerry Bruckheimer/CBS dramas Cold Case and Close to Home, for which he was awarded eight ASCAP awards, and is the series composer for the not-yet-released George Lucas-produced Star Wars Detours animated Star Wars parody. He scored the Humanitas Award winning documentary, Landfill Harmonic, about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, and co-wrote its closing credits song, "Cateura — Vamos a Soñar." He was the music producer (with Lucas Cantor) of Lorde’s version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and of chart-topping records for actor/musicians Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Alex Wolff (Patriots Day). Levine also composed the theme for Scrat, the sabertooth squirrel featured in the Ice Age shorts.

Levine provided additional music and violin on a number of Hans Zimmer scores, including The Simpsons Movie, Batman: The Dark Knight, and Rango. Levine’s concert music includes Divination by Mirrors for Saw and Strings, which premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City; his Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra, which premiered at Ryman Hall in Nashville; and his Anthem for Solo Piano, which was premiered by virtuoso Lang Lang in Beijing.

Levine began his career in advertising and still writes music for commercials. His best-known contribution to Western culture may be composing the classic Kit Kat candy bar “Gimme a Break” jingle.