David Kudell

David Kudell is an American composer for film and television. He is the first-prize winner of the 2020 Spitfire Scoring Competition, in which he was selected as the winner from among 11,000 entrants by JJ Abrams, Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy, and Ramin Djawadi. His groundbreaking score and original take on a scene to be scored from the HBO television series Westworld shook the composer community and made him famous around the world overnight. Raised in Southern California, David Kudell graduated from San Diego State University in 2000 with a master’s degree in film and television production. He subsequently worked in the post-production sound department of more than 25 Hollywood films, including Black Hawk Down (2011), Mission Impossible 3 (2006) and Kill Bill (2003). As a composer, he has written music in a variety of styles and genres for film and television. As part of the team of composer Anne-Kathrin Dern, he contributed music to the Netflix film The Claus Family 2 (2021), the gothic thriller Devil (2010) and the romantic thriller Have Hold Take (2022). He also writes music for the popular music companies Orchestral Tools and Native Instruments.