Musician and Composer – Daniel Rudin
Daniel Rudin is an award-winning musician and composer whose music has been showcased in theater productions and films alike. His compositions span multiple styles from Latin jazz to rock.
He has produced films with first-time directors such as Jodie Foster’s Little Man Tate and Emile Ardolino’s Sister Act, among many others. Additionally, he has been involved with several Broadway productions.
Early Life and Education
Rudin launched his career in music and recording while still in high school as a studio runner and general assistant in Dorchester, MA. Following that, he studied both electrical engineering and music at University of Miami before making the leap to New York City to take an entry-level job at Hit Factory studios on 54th Street surrounded by some of the industry’s greatest engineers (William Wittman, Doug Oberkircher, Rick Kerr and Kooster McCallister) quickly becoming established as rock, pop and jazz recordist.
Rudin joined KKR in 2019 and works in their Real Estate equity team overseeing Northeast investment activity, co-leading KKR’s supplier diversity program and living in New York, NY.
Rudin has served as Director of Music for numerous theater productions. Additionally, he has extensive recording and mixing engineer experience at studios nationwide including Nashville’s Money Pit. Richard Dodd, Peter Furler and Tommy Simms all frequently enlist his services for their projects.
He has scored, mixed and mastered music education curricula for Silver Burdett’s Making Music and McGraw-Hill’s Share the Music; produced albums by JoEl Sonnier and Andy Griffith as well as Ricardo Arjona’s Latin Grammy winning project;
At present, he is in development on multiple television projects, such as a limited series starring Daniel Craig written by Jonathan Franzen and Todd Field and currently in talks with Showtime, Netflix and other outlets for a major commitment commitment.
Achievement and Honors
Rudin family and its companies have long supported numerous health, education and arts organizations that improve life in New York City. Today this tradition continues through The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundations, Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation and Rudin Management Company.
Productions that he produced on Broadway included the inaugural revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences directed by Kenny Leon and starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, receiving ten Tony Award nominations and winning three. Furthermore, he produced films such as No Country for Old Men, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, and School of Rock.
Rudin established the Luce Scholars Foundation to support Rappler’s efforts to document human rights violations online in Philippines, and one of three inaugural recipients of $1 Million Squirrel AI Prize awarded in 2019 for advancing interpretable machine learning.
Daniel lives in Austin with his wife, a social worker, and daughter. Additionally, he has two sisters, one brother-in-law, and multiple nieces and nephews living nearby.
Composing, music directing and orchestrating musicals have also been among his areas of expertise; including Jeanine Tesori’s Soft Power at Yale and Julian Hornik’s Tenn at Yale among many others.
Silver Burdett and McGraw-Hill publishers. His projects encompassed various styles, instruments and periods; with particular interest in music that uses technology in innovative ways – often blurring classical with rock sounds.
Rudin is best known as a producer for No Country for Old Men (Oscar nomination 2007) and True Grit (2010), both blockbusters that grossed billions worldwide. For his efforts on both films he earned two Producers Guild of America nominations as well as The Social Network biopic (two nominations).
He has also served as a recording engineer, contributing to projects such as JoEl Sonnier’s Cajun Mardi Gras and Matt Belsante’s Tempest albums – projects which earned him multiple Grammy nominations and awards.
Rudin Management Company currently owns and operates over 35 buildings in New York City, and his children Michael Rudin and Samantha Rudin Earls serve as senior VPs of his family’s business. Rudin is also an outspoken proponent for pro-business policy, frequently speaking out at government forums in both New York and Washington.