H. Scott Salinas

H. Scott Salinas

H. Scott Salinas is an American composer and musician.


Playing guitar since the age of twelve, Salinas began his music career on the small island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Scott soon became known as an accomplished sideman and toured the island in reggae and blues bands. In 1993, Scott left his island home to major in music at Princeton University. At Princeton, Scott discovered jazz and classical music, turning his whole musical world upside down. He scored three short films including the all-guitar psychological thriller Kentucky Motel, and completed a 20-minute mini-opera that debuted at a concert heralding classical greats Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Edgar Meyer (bass), and Pulitzer Prize winning author Toni Morrison.

After graduating from Princeton Magna Cum Laude in 1997, Scott continued his education at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he concentrated in film scoring and honed his jazz guitar skills. In the summer of 2000, he was awarded the prestigious Berklee College of Music Segue Internship Award. This included a scholarship for his final semester at Berklee and an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles for a month-long internship at Segue Music, the largest film music editing company in Hollywood. At Segue, Scott had the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned composers and directors, sealing his decision to forge a career in scoring for film.

Upon graduating from Berklee Magna Cum Laude in 2001, Scott worked at Verité Music with critically acclaimed film composer Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, 7 Part PBS Series: Evolution, Johnson County War, Troublesome Creek), writing and orchestrating music for television films, documentaries, and commercials.

In June 2002, Scott was the youngest person ever to be named Grand Prize Winner in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. Scott was selected from over 450 contestants by a panel of film industry experts including Don Davis (Matrix, Jurassic Park II). The prize included a paid assignment to compose the score to a classic silent film and the opportunity to record the score with a Hollywood film scoring orchestra. Scott’s assignment was to score the 1928 film, "Laugh, Clown, Laugh", starring Loretta Young and Lon Chaney. The score debuted on Turner Classic Movies with much critical acclaim.

In June 2004, Scott moved to Los Angeles and joined Machine Head, a collective of composers, sound designers and electronic artists. Scott’s most recent work includes "Edison", an action thriller starring Kevin Spacey, Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, and Justin Timberlake; "Conventioneers", a love story and political satire taking place at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City; and "51 Birch Street", a documentary for HBO and a 2005 Toronto Film Festival selection.

Work and credits

Feature films

*Just Friends (2006, New Line Cinema)::Original Song, “Jamie Smiles”

*Edison (2005, Millennium Films)::Original Score (Co-Composer)::Toronto Film Festival Selection 2005

*Pool Hall Prophets (2005, Seven Arts Pictures)::Original Song, “Venus”::Toronto Film Festival Selection 2005

*51 Birch Street (2005, Copacetic Pictures / HBO Documentary)::Original Score::Toronto Film Festival Selection 2005

*The Conventioneers (2005, Hyphenate Films / Cinema Libre Studio)::Original Score (Co-Composer)::Tribeca Film Festival Selection 2005

*Yesterday's Dreams (2005, Living the Dream Productions / Pisces Productions)::Original Score

*The Red Lily (1924)::Original Modern Score for Turner Classic Movies, 2005

*Dark Warrior (2005, Film Shack / Universal Home Video)::Additional Music

*Raise Your Voice (2004, FilmEngine / New Line Cinema)::Additional Score

*The Squaw Man (1913)::Original Modern Score for Turner Classic Movies, 2004

*Latin Dragon (2004, Pacific Entertainment Group / Universal Home Video)::Original Score

*Duplex (2003, Miramax Films)::Source Cues

*The Divine Emerald (2003, Nubian Productions Corporation)::Original Score::New York Independent Film Festival Selection 2004

*Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)::Original Modern Score For Turner Classic Movies, 2002::Commissioned as Grand Prize Winner of 2002 TCM Young Film Composers Competition


*I Hate My Job::2004, RDF Media / Spike TV::Main Title Song

*Johnson County War::2001, Larry Levinson Productions / Hallmark Entertainment::Assistant to Composer

*Evolution::2001, Clear Blue Sky Productions / PBS::Additional Orchestration

Video games

*::2005, Atari / Shiny Entertainment::Additional Music


Cisco • Linksys • Toyota • Hyundai • Mattel • Coca Cola • Kool Aid • History Channel • New York • Olympics 2012 • Nationwide • Special Olympics • Clorox

Honors and awards

* Winner, AICP Award Best Commercial Music Arrangement “Buglers Dream” (2005)
* Composer Select, Exclusive Summer Program, ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop (2003)
* Grand Prize Winner, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Young Film Composers Competition (2002)
* Recipient, Georges Delerue Scholarship, Berklee College of Music (2000)
* Composer Select, Atelier with Toni Morrison and Yo-Yo Ma, Princeton University (1996)

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