Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman
11 December 1960
|Alma mater||Worcester College, Oxford|
Early life and educationEdit
After finishing school, Portman studied Music at Worcester College, Oxford. It was here that her interest in composing music for films began as she started experimenting with writing music for student films and theatre productions.
Since then, Portman has written over 100 scores for film, television and theatre.
Her other works include a children's opera, The Little Prince (which was later adapted for television) and Little House on the Prairie, a musical based upon the Laura Ingalls Wilder books Little House on the Prairie (2008). Portman was commissioned to write a piece of choral music for the BBC Proms series in August 2007 called The Water Diviner's Tale.
Awards and honoursEdit
Later, Portman became the first female composer to win an Academy Award in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score (for Emma in 1996). Portman was also nominated for Academy Awards for her scores for The Cider House Rules in 1999 and Chocolat in 2000.
In 2015, Portman received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special for her work on Bessie.
Portman married Uberto Pasolini Dall'Onda in 1995, with whom she has three daughters.
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- The Guardian "The Water Diviner's Tale" by Michael Billington, 27 Aug 2007
- BBC Composer of the Week: Rachel Portman at 15:36 by Donald Macleod, March 9, 2018 (retrieved April 19, 2018)
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