His work with Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings-trilogy stands as his most towering achievement to date, earning him three Academy Awards. He has also been awarded four Grammy and three Golden Globe awards. Shore was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Live. He served as the music director on the show from 1975 to 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg, and has scored 12 of the director’s films, including The Fly, Dead Ringers, Crash, Naked Lunch and Eastern Promises for which he was honored with a »Genie Award«. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Mrs. Doubtfire. Recent works include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Hugo and The Hobbit.
Shore’s music has been performed in concerts throughout the world. In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington, New Zealand. Since then, the work has had over 140 performances by the world’s most prestigious orchestras.
In 2008, Howard Shore’s opera The Fly premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera. Other recent works include »Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ« in Philadelphia and a piano concerto in October 2010 for Lang Lang. He is currently working on his second opera and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Shore received the »Career Achievement for Music Composition Award« from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and »New York Chapter‘s Recording Academy Honors«, ASCAP’s »Henry Mancini Award« and the »Frederick Loewe Award«. He holds honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and York University and he is an Officer of the »French Order of Arts and Letters«.
2010 he was presented the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award in Vienna.