RACHEL PORTMAN (Composer) holds the distinction of being the first female composer in history to win an Academy Award, for her score to the 1996 period romantic comedy "Emma," directed by Douglas McGrath. She also earned Academy Award nominations for her scores to Lasse Hallstrom's "The Ciderhouse Rules" and "Chocolat."

Portman has worked with numerous renowned filmmakers, among them Roman Polanski, Jonathan Demme, Robert Redford, Robert Benton, Garry Marshall, Alan Parker, Mike Leigh, Beeban Kidron and Wayne Wang.

She has received acclaim for her diverse scores to such films as "Infamous," "The Lake House," "Oliver Twist," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Because of Winn Dixie," "Benny & Joon," "The Joy Luck Club," "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Hart's War," "Beloved," "Nicholas Nickleby," "The Human Stain" and "Mona Lisa Smile."
Portman's first opera, "The Little Prince," based on the classic children's book by Antoine de Saint-Ex├║pery, premiered at the Houston Grand Opera and is now available on DVD.

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