Major Awards and Nominations

David Kates is one of the greatest musician and composers of music known all over ever the world. He is known for composing original music for video games, television, film and other songs too. In addition, he is also a popular teacher of Jazz theory, choral conductor and professional pianist.

As a music director, he has played great role in coordinating, supervising and developing music programs for Stephen S. Wise Temple. He has worked together with the vision of the senior clergy, as an arranger, conductor, composer, pianist and administrator for all other music activities. He has the role to re-vision and develop the state of the art music Innovation Lab, advanced music curriculum that is intended for primary school students.

During his career in all these responsibilities he has gained a lot of awards that have made him even more popular. He has been able to teach students who have also become popular in the music and film industry. This is why his influence in the industry is expected to remain for long. His influence is mostly expected to continue with the songs he has composed for different video games.


Here are some of the awards he has received.

  • In 2010, he was awarded for being an atmospheric composer in Mass Effect 2.
  • In 2010, he also got another award for being the combat composer in Mass Effect 2.
  • Primary artist of Mass Effect in 2007.
  • Alisha Pomerantz-Boro composer in 2007.
  • He was awarded as the best composer in of video songs in 2000.
  • Taubman arranger, composer of Friday Night Craig in 1999.
  • Engineer, mixing, piano, keyboards, and producer in 1999.
  • Lyrics adaptations, engineer, arranger, producer in 1998.
  • Mickey’s Sport songs Disney composer in 1996.
  • Voice of the Spirits Craig Taubman engineer, producer, musician in 1996.
  • Silver arranger, mixing, engineer, composer, piano, producer, engineer, percussion in Walk with Julie in 1995.


Other awards and nomination:

  • At the BAFTA awards he was nominated for the Best Original soundtrack Mass Effect 2.
  • Gamefocus Awards, in these awards David Kates was nominated as the winner of Best Musical Score Mass Effects 2.
  • Spike awards, he was nominated for the Best Original Score for Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2.
  • Navgtr awards, he came out as the winner of the Most Outstanding Musical Score for Mass Effect.
  • Gang awards, in these awards he was nominated for the Best Original Soundtrack Album Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2.
  • Gamespy awards, winner for the Best Original Music: Mass Effect.


Additional honors and awards:

  • Gang awards where he was nominated for the best original soundtrack 2008 mass effect.


With the great influence that he has continued to have in this industry, David Kates is expected to win more awards in the future. Despite the entry of other musicians in the industry his songs continues to have a lot of influence. He still holds that the best project he has worked on includes the tales from Ramayan ImagineAsia. This is an animated program shown I most countries in Europe. In this project, he combines music different influences. There are many more projects that has made him to be nominated in many other awards despite not appearing on the top.…

About David Kates

David Kates is one of the most popular composer, conductor and arranger in the music industry. He composes original music for video games, film, television and in the latest operetta, Miriam that is based on the iconic biblical character. He is also a popular pianist, teacher in jazz theory and harmony, choral conductor and also do lecturing to film students. He lectures the graduate film students in The Art Center College of Design, located in Pasadena, California. At the moment he has finished the originals score together with Joshua R. Mosley to the highly awaited animated feature film titled Mass Effect: Paragon Lost that is produced by FUNimation/EA. This is expected to be one of the best popular feature films in the modern days.


David Kates has had the great pleasure to compose great music for three mass effect productions. One of the most successful projects he has worked on is Mass Effect 2 (Bioware). The other video games that he has worked on include the Battlestations; Pacific and Neopets; Darkest Faeries. He has also managed to do great orchestra arrangements that have gained a lot of popularity all over the world. One of the most popular orchestras’ arrangement is Tron Suite that is based on Wendy Carols provocative Sci-Fi that has been done by many orchestras around the globe as ground breaking for different concerts such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic done at The Hollywood Bowl.

After he graduated with a Documentary Filmmaking Degree from Temple University located in Philadelphia. He studied orchestration and film scoring at the famous UCLA Film Scoring program. He received the first experience in composing with McGraw Hills films where he recorded the educational films. David met with Ron Underwood and scored his kid’s animated film Chuckie. This is an animated film that won the best soundtrack at the Asifa East Festival held in 1986. He helped compose and arrange music for the Disney Story. This is a documentary of the Disney firm and he began scoring education films on their behalf. He is the one who scored the Disney animated television series titles sing me a story with belle, the ugly duckling, Ferdinand the bull, little red riding hood, the three pigs and the brave engineer. One great thing to note about him is that any film that he has scored always appears on the top and gains a lot of popularity.

David Kates worked together with Pam Postrel and Micheal Greenfield at universal pictures. He also worked together with Bob Israel at aspect ratio scoring feature film trailers. Some of his original scores include Out of Sight, Casino, Jerry Maguire, Golddiggers, Dragon Heart and many others that have been trending worldwide.

David has also been very active when it comes to music licensing. His involvement in music licensing includes a great music library that is represented by Getty images. His music is used in a lot of programs that air on VH1, MTV, History Channel, Food Network, Spike Network, Discovery Channel, A & E among many others.…