Christopher Klatman


The SCL is deeply saddened to report that two-time Emmy®-nominated film composer and orchestrator Christopher Klatman passed away on Sunday. In addition to his successful music career, he served for a number of years on the SCL Board of Directors.

Composer Christopher Klatman, originally from Pittsburgh, worked in a broad array of documentary, film, concert performance and television series since arriving in Los Angeles from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music. For three decades, Klatman scored over one hundred episodes of prime-time television, been nominated for two prestigious EMMY(TM) Awards and worked on numerous films, major concert productions, television series and worked on two Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games (1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City). Additionally, Klatman was a highly sought out respected orchestrator among his peers who worked on complex scores including The Scorpion King (2002) and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003), as well as director Robert Altman’s “The Company.” Among Klatman’s Film Projects, “Being Michael Madsen” which premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival and the documentary film “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?” (2005) starring Jane Seymour that aired repeatedly in every major city on American public television (PBS), nationwide, and in independent film festivals.