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David Nichtern is an Americanmarker songwriter and television composer and soundtrack artist.


Nichtern is the son of broadwaymarker producer Claire Nichtern, the first female Tony award winner. He began his career as a professional musician during his college years at Columbia University, having begun practising music as early as age eight. He served as Director of sales for the New England Digital Corporation in the 1980's, and in five years had helped the company to earn an annual income of 20 million dollars. He is the founder of music-marketing company Nudgie Music LLC, and its divisions Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. He wrote the successful song "Midnight at the Oasis".

He has his own world/fusion band, Drala and has also released a solo record entitled "From Here To Nichternity" which features 5 cuts that were originally cues on One Life to Live, in addition to an instrumental duet of "Midnight at the Oasis" showcasing jazz legend Michael Brecker. David Nichtern is also a member of The Beyman Bros, an instrumental trio featuring Nichtern, Christopher Guest and C.J. Vanston.

Beginning in 1970, Nichtern became a student of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and was taught by the founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Nichtern has since become a senior teacher. He is married to Cyndi Lee, a well-known yoga teacher who founded the OM yoga center in New York Citymarker, with whom he has created a DVD package on yoga, OM Yoga & Meditation Workshop. The couple also teaches yoga internationally. Nichtern is the director of expansion for Shambhala Training; having previously worked as the director of the Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermontmarker.

Awards and nominations

Nichtern has been nominated for ten Daytime Emmy awards from 2000 to 2006, in the category "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series", for his work on One Life to Live and As the World Turns. He won the award in 2000, for One Life to Live, 2001 for As the World Turns, and 2005 for One Life to Live. He has also been nominated for a Grammy award.

His first DE nomination was shared with Sybil Costello, Pamela Magee, James Kowal, Gary Deinstadt, Robert Bard, Billy Barber, Earl Rose, Rick Rhodes, Robert Sands, Ed Dzubak, Kevin Bents Jamie Lawrence, and Bette Sussman. His first win was shared with Paul Glass, Jamie Howarth, Dominic Messinger, Kevin Bents, Lee Holdridge, Bette Sussman, and Rob Mounsey.

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