Nan Schwartz

Los Angeles CA

Nan Schwartz

It is perhaps no surprise that Grammy winner, 5-time Grammy nominee, and seven-time Emmy nominee Nan Schwartz is considered a pioneer of women composers. Her family legacy includes a father who played with the Glenn Miller band and performed on nearly every Frank Sinatra recording. And it includes a mother who performed such chart-topping hits as “Chicago” and “On the Sunny Side of the Street” for musical legend Tommy Dorsey before going on to work as a studio singer for Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Judy Garland, Henry Mancini, and Sonny and Cher, among others.

But Nan Schwartz didn’t immediately set out to follow in her parent’s footsteps, instead opting for a career in television production. A skiing accident was the catalyst that brought her back to the world of music. While on the mend, she began private studies to pursue her secret ambition: film scoring, a profession previously inaccessible to women.

Utilizing her lifelong devotion to music and her experience studying piano and singing professionally from an early age, Nan was able to forge a successful career that saw her compose, arrange, and orchestrate music for countless memorable films and television series, including In the Heat of the Night and Argo.


Award recognition quickly followed Nan’s pioneering efforts in the industry and eventually led to a Grammy win for arrangements for Natalie Cole. (2009, “Here’s That Rainy Day.”) A symphonic album of Nan’s orchestral works was released in 2018 on Divine Art Records,  to wide acclaim.

Nan is currently composing the music for a Broadway-bound musical, “In The Wash,” with a showcase scheduled for November 18, 2019, in Paris, France. 

A proponent of melodic, harmonically-rich music, Nan’s unique style has now made its mark in film, television, the recording industry, musical theatre, and symphonic performance. Nan’s diversity and depth of experience– from synthesizer projects to hundred-piece orchestral settings have helped create her sterling reputation as one of the world’s most talented composers. 


Highlights from Nan's diverse career include 

• Stylistic scores for a number of television movies and series including "In The Heat of The Night."  Nan has earned 7 Emmy nominations for TV composition, including an unprecedented 3 in one year alone (for TV score, TV movie score, and song).  She recently returned to film scoring with her evocative music to the independent film “Stella—Searching for a Place to Be.”  


• Grammy Award-winning arrangements for Natalie Cole, arrangements for the London Symphony Orchestra (2013 Grammy-nominated), Gianmarco and Amy Dickson (2014 Grammy nominations), the Berlin-based Deutsche Symphonie Orchestra,  John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra (Grammy-nominated), Madeleine Peyroux, vocal group Accent, Raul Midon, Ray Charles, jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels, jazz vocalists Mark Murphy and Kevin Mahogany, opera singer/crossover artist Thomas Quastoff, trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Till Brönner.


• Three sold-out appearances at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Grill, in which Nan conducted a 17 piece orchestra in concerts of her original songs and arrangements.


• Teaching at the Hollywood Music Workshop in Baden, Austria and at Berklee Valencia, Spain.


• a CD series for Warner Bros. Discovery Records entitled "Jazz at the Movies."


• Symphony commissions from The New American Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, and The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. A debut performance of her tone poem for trumpet and orchestra, “Angels Among Us,” was given on March 17, 2019, by the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.

• Songwriting, including songs for the 2012 Supreme Master Gala, the Emmy-nominated "All The Days" as well as numerous songs for the Latin market.


• conducting orchestras in America and Europe, including the Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra of Berlin, and in L.A., composer Nathan Wang’s recent Paramount Studios film score.

• Orchestration on the films “Secret Life of Pets 2,” "Argo,” “The Life of Pi,” “Godzilla,” "Rise of the Guardians,” "My Week With Marilyn," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Pt. 1,"  "Julie and Julia," "My One and Only,” "Benjamin Button," "Gracie," "The Express," "Uptown Girls," "Mulan II," "Firewall," "Freedom Writers," "Bobby," "Lions for Lambs," "Next," among others.

 For further information and musical excerpts, please visit Nan’s website at:

Video Interview

Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator/Song Writer


published: August 2019

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