SAE Alumni Portrait – Grammy Winner David Donaldson


David Donaldson, Grammy Award winner and SAE Institute Glasgow alumni tells how he began his career, that has now spanned over 16 years covering almost every facet of sound production from recording to producing and mastering live bands for his music productions both commercial and film release.

by Steve Hartley

In 2005 he won a Grammy Award for producing and engineering the soundtrack for the much-acclaimed ‘Ray’, a biopic about the life of the legendary singer-songwriter Ray Charles.

David describes his experience working on The Great Gatsby alongside composer Craig Armstrong, as “an artistic and musical journey like no other”

Having formed a long working relationship with Glasgow born composer Craig Armstrong, he co-produced, provided additional arrangements and programming for over ten films and various television, commercial and artistic projects.

As a composer, is first commission from Cryptic was The Embassy for which he received rave reviews after the premiere performance of New Great Britain’s quintessential tribute, Requiem for a World – music that David scored for counter-tenor Steve Dugardin, Astrid String Quartet and electronics.

David Donaldson

David Donaldson


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