At one point in his life, Darren used to be a really good piano player. Then he decided to compose: at the age of fifteen he wrote his first orchestral piece for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and it all went downhill from there. He is an alum of McGill University, the ASCAP Film and TV Scoring Workshop, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and Tapestry New Opera Works’ Composer-Librettist Laboratory.
Amongst his many credits in film and television, he recreated Canada’s beloved Hockey Theme, often referred to as its second national anthem, for CTV and TSN with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His music for Bell Canada’s Orchestra spot was voted Canada’s top commercial in 2010 by readers of The Globe and Mail. His music has won awards at numerous film festivals, including the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Reel Film and the Park City Film Music Festivals.
He is currently serving his second term as Second Vice President of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada. Now based in Los Angeles, Darren is represented by Maria Machado of the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.