David Metzger (born May 29, 1960) is an American orchestrator and composer best known for his orchestrations of many Disney feature animation films of the past 20 years. He has helped to shape the classic Disney orchestral sound on major Disney films including Frozen, Moana, Planes, Wreck-It Ralph, Tarzan, Haunted Mansion, and Brother Bear. He arranged 6 of the 7 songs in Frozen including the blockbuster "Let It Go" as well as much of the score. In addition to his work for Disney, he has done orchestrations for over 50 major films. He has also composed the musical score for Tarzan 2, Brother Bear 2, and Tarzan and Jane. He also has numerous video game, theme park, TV, and commercial credits.
Metzger received a Tony and a Drama Desk nomination in 1998 for his orchestration of Broadway musical The Lion King." He won a DVDX award for best original score in a DVD premiere movie for Tarzan 2 in 2006.
He is currently orchestrating the Broadway musical Frozen< and is also orchestrating the musical August Rush.
Metzger grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. He received his Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music from California State University, Long Beach. He also did graduate work at UCLA. He began composing for choir and jazz band in junior high school. In his young adult years, he wrote many jazz band charts that are still played today. He was the arranger for jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson in the late 1980s. From 1992-1997, he was the arranger for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
He has a longtime collaboration with Grammy award-winning film composer Mark Mancina. More recently he has also worked with other notable Hollywood and Broadway composers including Robert Lopez, John Powell, Alan Silvestri, Christophe Beck, and others.
He currently lives in Oregon with his wife. He has 2 grown sons.
|1997||Speed 2: Cruise Control||20th Century Fox|
|Return to Paradise||MCA/Universal|
|1999||Tarzan|| Walt Disney Pictures|
Walt Disney Animation Studios
|1997||The Lion King|| Nominated for Tony Award for Best Orchestrations |
Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations
|2016||Up Here||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2018||Frozen||Announced 2018 Opening|
Film and TV ComposerEdit
|1992-1997||The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||TV, NBC|
|1998-2000||The Magnificent Seven||TV, CBS|
|2001-2003||The Legend of Tarzan||TV, Disney|
|2002||Tarzan and Jane||Disney, DVDX Nomination for Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie|
|2005||Blood +||Aniplex, Production I.G.|
|2005||Tarzan 2||Disney, DVDX Winner for Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie|
|2006||Criminal Minds||TV, CBS|
|Brother Bear 2||Disney|
Walt Disney Castle Logo. Orchestrator and Arranger. Disney, 2006.