Cameron Patrick was born in Brisbane in 1965 and began his music studies with violin teacher Elizabeth Morgan at the age of ten while a student at the Anglican Church Grammar School. Cameron played violin with both the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras before following Elizabeth to the University of Queensland, where he also pursued composition and did extensive thesis work in film scoring. He graduated from UQ in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a University Medal for outstanding academic distinction, a prize awarded to the top one percent of the year’s graduates. He played violin with the Queensland Symphony, Queensland Theatre and Queensland Pops Orchestras, as well as being founding leader of the Camerata of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra and the Patrick String Quartet. Cameron was soon recognized for his growing contributions to the cultural life of Brisbane as inaugural winner of the Arts Award section of the Young Achievers Awards 1987, as well as being named one of the Queensland Youth Achiever Award winners as part of the 1987 Queensland Day celebrations. After writing music for Brisbane’s World Expo ’88, he moved to the United States where he entered the University of Southern California to further his studies in film scoring.
Cameron spent 29 years based in Los Angeles, where he lived with his husband, Darrin McCann. There he was active as a free-lance violinist and violist, composer, orchestrator and arranger in the Hollywood film, television and recording industries. He was also an instructor for UCLA Extension’s Entertainment Studies/ Film Scoring program, teaching orchestration from 2015 to 2017. As of January 2018, Cameron has moved back to Australia and is now based in Sydney, where he is Head of Screen Music at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.
His numerous credits as a composer include a concert commission for wind ensemble and choir from the Anglican Church Grammar School to honor the Anzac Day Centenary in April, 2015; a concert commission, Lines of the Southern Cross for strings & percussion, from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, who premiered the piece in September, 2014 in Los Angeles; a concert commission from the Camerata of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, Impressions of Erin, which they premiered in Brisbane at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre in December, 2012; a solo viola work, Musings, premiered in Los Angeles in 2008; the score for Damaged Goods, a short film that made up part of the Australian anthology film The Turning in 2013; working on four seasons of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries for Warner Bros. Television Animation; and scoring legendary director Chuck Jones’ six last animated shorts, four of which were released theatrically by Warner Bros.
As an orchestrator, Cameron’s credits include such motion pictures & television shows as Spider-Man: Homecoming for Columbia Pictures; Jurassic World and Land of the Lost for Universal; Star Trek Into Darkness and Super 8 for Paramount; Inside Out, Toy Story That Time Forgot, Toy Story of Terror, Cars 2 and Up for Pixar; Jupiter Ascending, Bugs Bunny on Broadway, Freakazoid, Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Batman: The Animated Series and Tiny Toon Adventures for Warner Bros.; Zootopia, John Carter, Piglet’s Big Movie and Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 for Disney; American Crime, Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for ABC Television; and Mob City for Turner Network Television.
In December 1997, his score for Pullet Surprise won the Yoram Gross Award for “Best Music in an Animation” at the 1997 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Screen Music Awards in Sydney. In November 1999, Cameron was nominated for an “Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music in an Animated Television Program” Award at the 27th Annual Annie Awards for his work on The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries.
Cameron is also a published arranger, with an anthology of movie themes for String Quartet and String Orchestra released by Alfred Publishing in 2010.