Marvin Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 — August 6, 2012) was a highly acclaimed composer and conductor. He was one of only 16 EGOT winners, meaning he garnered Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. He was one of only two people (along with composer Richard Rodgers, also Jewish) to win those four prizes plus a Pulitzer Prize.
Hamlisch wrote the scores for dozens of motion pictures. His credits for the Broadway stage include A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song, and The Goodbye Girl. Hamlisch held the position of Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, among others.
Quotes: “I started studying music at the age of five and a half. My older sister was taking piano lessons. When her teacher left our apartment, I would get up on the piano bench and start picking out the notes that were part of my sister’s lessons.” || “My whole thing is not just to play music for people, but to make them part of the evening.” || “I’m not one of those people who says, ‘I never read reviews,’ because I don’t believe those people.”
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Photo of Marvin Hamlisch and Barbra Sreisand: Los Angeles Times
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