Justin Hurwitz

Inside Biography


Justin Hurwitz is an American film composer as well as a television writer, well known for his collaborations with writer-director Damien Chazelle in the films, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009), Whiplash (2014) and La La Land (2016).

Hurwitz won the two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song of 2016 musical romantic comedy-drama film La La Land.

Early life and education

Justin Hurwitz was born on 1985 in California, United States of America. He belongs to American nationality and is of mixed ethnicity background.

Hurwitz was born in Jewish family to Ken Hurwitz, a writer, and Gail Hurwitz, a ballet dancer as well as registered nurse. His family moved to Wisconsin at the age of thirteen.

Hurwitz began to play piano at the age of six and composed his song when he reached ten. He joined Nicolet High school in Wisconsin.

During the time, he took some lessons with pianist Stefanie Jacob at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. He also studied at the Harvard University where he met director Damien Chazelle.

Moreover, Hurwitz and Chazelle played in the indie-pop band, 'Chester French' together. Although his interest lied in cla s sical music, Justin Hurwitz is a big fan of John Williams’ scores.


After Justine Hurwitz and Damien Chazelle had become roommates, they became a fast friend and shared a pa s sion for music. Hurwitz composed the music for musical Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, in which Chazelle also made his debut.

Hurwitz then gained a significant success after composing the songs for La La Land, which also featured John Legend, John Hurwitz, and Ryan Gosling as well.

Hurwitz is also the producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm in 2017, where Jeff Garlin featured the movie.

Personal life

Justin Hurwitz is possibly single right now, and his rising career might be one of the reasons, but the actual truth is still hidden behind the curtains.

However, it was rumored that he was in a relationship with several popular faces who belongs to entertainment fraternity.

Hurwitz is quite secretive regarding his personal life and didn’t like to talk much about his private stuff to media. So, he never opens up about his love life.

Net worth

Justin Hurwitz is one of the successful celebrity in Hollywood industry. He has earned a good amount of net worth from his career, which is believed to be more than $1 million. He composed and orchestrated the songs and score for the 2016 romantic comedy film La La Land.

The movie was budgeted $30 million and grossed a whopping a box office collection of $443.9 million. Therefore, he is a successful composer in the industry. 

by ab-niranjan, 26 Jul, 2017

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