Listen on Apple Music. Best known for her pastoral orchestral scores for literary adaptations, but also for incorporating diverse ethnic influences and varied tones as called for, Rachel Portman is an Oscar- and Emmy-winning film and television composer from Surrey, England.
She was nominated again for 's The Cider House Rules and 's Chocolat, both of which also garnered Grammy nominations. Again, she became the first female composer to win in the score category.
She is also known for fully orchestrating her own scores. Born Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman in Haslemere inPortman showed strong musical inclinations from a young age, and learned to play piano, violin, and Benny and june soundtrack before beginning to compose music in her early teens.