Composer Biography

Matt Gates is a composer for TV and film. His Credits include Blood Money (starring John Cusack and Elar Coltraine) and The CBS hit reality show The Amazing Race. Matt was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas and studied trumpet and composition at the University of Arkansas and now resides in Los Angeles.  Matt is a graduate of the prestigious USC film scoring program, was a fellow in the highly selective ASCAP film scoring workshop, and won the 2004 Jerry Goldsmith award from UCLA.   At USC Matt studied orchestration with Pete Anthony, Jerry Goldsmith’s orchestrator, Mark McKenzie,  and John Williams orchestrator, Conrad Pope as well as composition with horror legend Christopher Young.  Shortly after graduation Matt worked for Disney Theme Parks to arrange, synhtestrate and re-orchestrate the music from Finding Nemo for their revamp of 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea Ride. Since then he has scored dozens of indie and small studio films and documentaries and created music and themes for a variety of cable and network TV. 



University of Arkansas B.M., Music Composition, Summa Cum Laude 4.0 GPA - topped Ranked Senior 2004 Pacific North West Film Scoring Program Summer 2003 University of Southern California Advanced Studies Certificate, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television May 2005 ASCAP Film Scoring Work Shop Summer 2005