Jonathan Tunick (born April 19, 1938, New York City) is an American orchestrator, musical director, and composer, one of sixteen people to have won all four major American show business awards: the Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Grammy Awards. He is best known for his work with Stephen Sondheim, starting in 1970 with Company and continuing to the present day.

He graduated from Hunter College Elementary School, the LaGuardia Performing Arts High School, and holds degrees from Bard College and the Juilliard School. Tunick’s principal instrument is the clarinet.

Much of his work has arisen from his involvement in theatre, and he is associated especially with the musicals of Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim said of Tunick’s work: “‘I think he’s tops’…” and further noted that “Tunick is a standout in his field not only because of his musicianship and imagination, but primarily because of ‘his great sensitivity to theatrical atmosphere'”.

Tunick also has a band, the “Broadway Moonlighters”, which played at Birdland in March 2012 and in 2008 with Barbara Cook as his special guest. He has worked as an arranger and/or conductor on recordings with Judy Collins, Kiri Te Kanawa, Brian Asawa, Sir Neville Mariner, Itzhak Perlman, Plácido Domingo, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Paul McCartney, and Bernadette Peters. In his review of the Bernadette Peters recording Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein (Angel Records, 2002), John Kenrick wrote: “Jonathan Tunick provides the brilliant arrangements.” Tunick won the Grammy Award as “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement” for his work on the song “No One Is Alone” from the Cleo Laine album Cleo Laine Sings Sondheim (RCA Victor, 1987).

Tunick won the first Tony Award for Best Orchestrations that was awarded, in 1997, for Titanic. “Also winning for Titanic…Jonathan Tunick, orchestration, a new category this year.”

In addition to the other awards, he has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations three times and won a Drama Desk Special Award in 1982.

Tunick was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2009.

Tunick is married to actress Leigh Beery (also known as “Lee Beery”), who appeared in the television soap opera Dark Shadows in 1971.