"Howard Leslie Shore" (born October 18, 1946) is a Canadian film composer, best known for composing the scores to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Silence of the Lambs.
He was born to a Jewish family in Toronto, Canada, and studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 1969 to 1972, he performed with the group Lighthouse. He was the musical director for the television show ''Saturday Night Live'' from 1975 to 1980, appearing in many musical sketches including the All-Nurse Band and dressed as a beekeeper for a John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd performance of the Slim Harpo classic ''I'm a King Bee''. He also suggested the name for the Blues Brothers to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.
Shore is regarded by some as one of the most versatile film composers of our day, and has written the music for such major film productions as ''The Silence of the Lambs'', ''Mrs. Doubtfire'', ''Philadelphia'', ''Ed Wood'', ''Se7en'', ''Dogma'', ''High Fidelity'', ''Panic Room'' and ''The Aviator'', the last of which earned him a Golden Globe. Since ''The Brood'' in 1979, he has been a consistent collaborator with David Cronenberg, scoring all his subsequent films exc...