Michael Tavera
Full name Michael Anthony Tavera
Born Los Angeles, California, USA
Gender Male
Ocupation Composer
Worked in Casper
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
House of Mouse

Michael Anthony "Mike" Tavera (born September 24, 1961) is an American composer. He worked in many animations and live-actions at the music department and is part of the music team for The Emperor's New School.


Tavera's interest by music was very early. He started playing piano when he was only 4 years old, making his own compositions when 12. He trained classic piano for ten years, and was already making full-lenght compositions at the high school. He was part of several bands where he took part as music composer and performer. After moving to Los Angeles, he landed a deal with Criterion Music Publishing to write songs, but stopped performing to dig deeper into studying music theory, conducting and arranging. He began to arrange for big bands and was soon composing for TV episodes and orchestras.

Michael has scored over 700 animated TV episodes in a lot of popular TV series, many of these being Disney Channel originals. The Emperor's New School was one of these. Working on various TV productions, he made the original score for direct-to-video sequels, like the The Land Before Time. Tavera's score for this series got some good critics.

In addition, Michael has credit as scorer and composer in a lot of famous live-action series produced by important entertainment studios, still scoring for the world of animation. Today, he works with a lot of famous composers, being well-remembered in a lot of sound stages around.

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