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Norman Ludwin is a bassist, composer, orchestrator, publisher, and teacher. He is been an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program since 2001 and at the Musicians Union Local 47 since 2008. He has been on the faculty of the Claremont Graduate University, the University of Redlands, and the University of Tampa.
He holds a Doctorate in Composition from the Claremont Graduate University, a Masters in Music from the California State University at Northridge and a B.F.A. degree from The California Institute for the Arts in Valencia.
His recent orchestration credits include: Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.
Ludwin has written two books on orchestration: “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “An Anthology of Scores for Study”; both are available at Amazon.com.
He has spoken at the Ron Jones Academy of Recording Arts, the New York City Ravel Study Group, the Seattle Composer’s Alliance and at Local 325 in San Diego.
Ludwin’s bass playing credit include work with artists such as Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thom Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, Darius Brubeck and Matthew Brubeck, Van Dyke Parks, Herbie Hancock, Rod Stewart, Nancy Wilson, and David Foster.
Ludwin is principal bass in the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, and the Mozart Camerata. He has been a member of the Florida Symphony and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa. He has performed with the LA Opera, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Norman’s compositions have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including performances by the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last three years.
His music publishing company, Ludwin Music, is the world's largest catalogue of double bass music with over 300 titles.