Stephen Endelman is a Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, producer, and educator whose work ranges from lush, classical film scores, to contemporary, pop-driven tapestries. He has worked with many artists, including Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, KT Tunstall, Sheryl Crow, Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette, Natalie Cole and the soprano Renee Fleming.
Endelman is currently in the process of writing a Broadway show based on the iconic British television show, Upstairs Downstairs. He has just finished working with Raymond DeFelitta, his longtime collaborator, on Stano, a baseball drama starring Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello. In April 2018, Stephen completed production of his own short film A Boy, a Man, and a Kite, which he plans on developing into a full length feature in the coming months.
Endelman began playing the clarinet at age seven and became a full-time scholar at The Purcell School of Young Musicians at age twelve. He studied composition at London's Guildhall School of Music Drama and the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. Endelman began teaching at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015, heading a weekly class for composition students specializing in film and television. As a result of his efforts, the Guildhall is now offering a first study program in media composition. His passion for education began while still a student at the Guildhall, when he invested himself in a program by Peter Renshaw titled, Music, Performance, and Communication Skills; which encourages professional musicians to give back to their community. After graduate school, Stephen became head of performing arts at Stoke Newington High School until 1992. He has maintained contacts with a number of his students, and has watched their careers flourish.
As a composer in residence at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, for which he was awarded the 1996 ASCAP Composer-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Opera Guild Award, Stephen got his first major studio project working on Nancy Savoca's film Household Saints, followed by the Warner Brother's film Imaginary Crimes for Anthony Drazen. He subsequently worked closely with Robert De Niro on his directorial debut, A Bronx Tale. Stephen then began a collaboration with Miramax Films, which entailed a ten picture deal, including films such as David O’Russell’s comedy, Flirting With Disaster and Christopher Monger’s The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain.
In 2016, Endelman divided his work between feature film and television, including ABC’s Madoff, Chasing Life, and Hindsight. He has also written the score for the Netflix documentary, Atari Game Over, as well as the upcoming documentary, High Notes. Other credits include, David Mamet's Redbelt, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen and Emily Mortimer for Sony pictures, and The Grand for director Zak Penn, starring Woody Harrelson. Endelman's second collaboration with director Irwin Winkler was MGM's Home of the Brave, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel and 50 Cent. The film and soundtrack were released in 2006. The album features a song written by Sheryl Crow that Endelman co-wrote, arranged, and produced. Crow and Endelman received a golden globe nomination.
In 2004, Endelman completed the MGM movie musical De-Lovely, for which he won Grammy nominations for Best Soundtrack of the Year: De-Lovely and Best Pop Male Vocal: Elvis Costello - "Let's Misbehave." Endelman produced and arranged both the on-camera music and the Gold-certified Sony soundtrack album which held steady on Billboard's Top 200 pop chart for over a year. Endelman received critical acclaim for his score to Bruce Beresford's and Paramount Classics' Bride of the Wind, the story of Alma and Gustav Mahler. Endelman also completed music for Gala Films Blue Butterfly, starring John Hurt and I'm With Lucy for Jon Sherman staring Monica Potter and John Hanna. In 2000, Endelman garnered critical praise for his unique score for Passport to the Universe, a public commission for the first Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Besides his growing body of film work, Endelman has composed two operas and at the age of 18 wrote the music for the Tony-Award winning Broadway production of Eugene O' Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten. Over 70 film credits have followed including Lionsgate's Two Family House, which received an Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival 2000, Disney's Tom and Huck, Norman Rene's Reckless, and Largo Entertainment's City of Industry, directed by John Irvin. He also scored October Film's Kicked in the Head, a Martin Scorsese production directed by Matthew Harrison, Polygram Filmed Entertainment's The Proposition, Largo Entertainment's Finding Graceland, Morgan Creek's Imaginary Crimes, and Sony's cult classic Jawbreaker.