Dave Grusin has worked in the music profession since the late 1950s, as an arranger, pianist, composer, and record producer. Born in Littleton, Colorado, and educated at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he holds honorary doctoral degrees from CU and from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Grusin has written more than 60 film scores, including The Graduate, Tootsie, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Firm, Havana, Heaven Can Wait, and On Golden Pond. He has received eight Academy Award nominations, and he won an Oscar in 1988 for The Milagro Bean Field War. Most recently, he scored Recount for HBO.
Grusin’s life as a recording artist and producer has resulted in 10 Grammy awards and numerous nominations, including one for Two Worlds in 2002, and another for Amparo in 2008. These two classical projects with guitarist Lee Ritenour feature performances by Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Chris Botti, and James Taylor, among others.
He has also arranged for and/or performed with such artists as Quincy Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Arnold Steinhardt, Bobby Macferrin, Peggy Lee, Patti Austin, Diana Krall, Grover Washington Jr., Earl Klugh, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Sergio Mendes, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Andy Williams, and Paul Simon.
From 1976 to 1995, Grusin and Larry Rosen owned GRP records. Together they are also cofounders of the National Foundation for Jazz Education, a philanthropic group dedicated to helping young jazz musicians. In addition to his career in music, Grusin is a rancher and a dedicated environmental activist.