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Scott Szabo

Composer Biography

Scott Szabo is the composer for 6 nationally syndicated TV series including the game show “25 Words or Less” (2019 – present), the episodic drama “5th Ward” for AMC’s Urban Movie Channel, and composed the score for 15+ feature films. In 2015 Scott won Best Original Music Award from the Houston Comedy Film Festival for a feature called "Doll Factory". Also, in 2009, Scott won a Telly Award for music for the short film “Saving Evan White” and won a Gold Medal in 2005 at the Park City Film Music Festival for his score of “Dancing In Twilight”.


Over the past 25+ years, Scott has built a solid career as an accomplished and award-winning music composer for film, television and multimedia. With a broad approach to music, from world music to electronic to symphonic orchestra, he has spent years polishing and developing his style. The musical impulse began early in Scott. Born in Austin, TX and raised in Houston, Scott wrote his first song when he was twelve and began performing in rock bands at fifteen. The next year found him accepted into the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) in Houston. However, Szabo was accepted to HSPVA on the basis of his talents in the visual arts.


Scott took music theory and piano courses, but it was art school that taught him to think conceptually and emotionally about a composition, be it on a canvas or a keyboard. Scott said, “I learned there are multiple ways to look at a problem and how to refine a raw idea. This really helps me as a composer, especially regarding music for picture.”


The 1980s and early 1990s saw Scott performing live as a singer and keyboardist through-out Texas and the southwest in bands that he put together while developing his own musical style and technique. Always writing and releasing his original songs, this culminated in Scott being signed to the indie label Fires of August.


In 1988 Scott was asked to compose the music for a series of internationally distributed videos for Dow Chemical. Since then, Scott has composed the music for over numerous feature films and TV series, as well as many award-winning short films. Additionally, Scott has placed original songs in feature films and has also written music for over 200 commercials and marketing videos for such diverse clients as Applebee’s, Continental Airlines, Enron, Joe’s Crab Shack, Shell Oil, and Time Warner.

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