Irish composer David Downes has received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Music Direction for Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart: Live at Powerscourt House & Gardens. Downes was music director, orchestrator, arranger and composer of the special, which was also released as a CD and DVD.
The ceremony will take place in the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday 29th August. Downes’ fellow nominees include Percussionist Sheila E who earned the nomination for her work as the music director of PBS’s In Performance At The White House: Fiesta Latina, Marc Shaiman for ABC’s 82nd Annual Academy Awards, David Foster and Rob Matthes and Rob Berman.
Speaking about the nomination Blue Note/Manhatten Records President Ian Ralfini said it is perhaps the most prestigious award David Downes & Celtic Woman have received to date and it is well-deserved. After its release in January 2010 the companion DVD debuted at number 1 on the Billboard DVD Music Video Chart.
Dublin born Downes studied Music and Composition at Trinity College and has previously performed at venues including the Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Wembley Arena. He was the Broadway Music Director for Riverdance and also for the American and European touring companies before founding Celtic Woman with Sharon Browne.