David Hirschfelder is recognised globally as one of Australia’s most distinguished screen-composers, having garnered Oscar nominations for Scott Hicks' "Shine"
and Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth”.
He is also the winner of two BAFTA (British Academy) awards for
"Strictly Ballroom" and "Elizabeth".
David’s recent film-scores include Jonathan Teplitzky’s "The Railway Man", which won AACTA and APRA film score awards in 2014; Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner", which won the 2014 FCCA Regal Cinema Award for Best Music Score, and also APRA-AGSC Soundtrack of the Year Award in November 2015. In December 2015, David received an AACTA nomination for his eclectic score to Jocelyn Moorhouse’s "The Dressmaker", starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving; and in 2019 David has garnered AACTA and FCCA nominations for his score to Rachel Griffith's "Ride Like a Girl", starring Teresa Palmer and Sam Neil.
In 2020 David's score for political thriller "Escape from Pretoria", starring Daniel Radcliffe, received an APRA-AGSC Nomination for Feature Film Score of the Year,
and 2021 saw the release of David's score for the supernatural thriller "Ascendant"
(a.k.a. "Rising Wolf"), the feature film debut from writer/director Antaine Furlong.
Other works include “Eternity” for orchestra, choir and 1000 tap-dancers (commissioned for the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games), “Mixed Doubles” for string quartet (commissioned for the 2004 Adelaide Arts Festival), “Branches of Vayu” for trombone, two pianos and percussion (commissioned for the 2011 MSO Chamber Series), and "No More Boomerang” for soprano and string quartet, part of "The Glad Tomorrow" song-cycle set to the poems of indigenous artist Oodgeroo Noonuccal, recorded and released in 2019 by Katie Noonan and the Australian String Quartet.