Howard was born in Los Angeles, California. Twenty-five years after the death of his father, Howard learned that his father’s family was Jewish (Howard later became a practicing Reconstructionist Jew).
Throughout his career as a composer/musician/songwriter, he has scored films of all scales and genres, earning multiple award nominations for his work. Howard began studying music as a child and went on to attend the Thacher School in Ojai, California, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He then attended the University of Southern California as a piano performance major, but dropped out after a year because “He wanted to do other things than practicing the piano”.
After Howard left college, he toured with Elton John as a keyboardist during the late 1970s and early 1980s (he was part of the band that played behind John in Central Park, New York, on September 13, 1980). Howard also arranged strings for several of Elton’s songs during this period including… read more