Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer

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Hans Zimmer (b. 1957) is a German-born, Los Angeles-based musician and film score composer. Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 12th September 1957, and moved to London as a teenager. While he lived in London, Zimmer wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates. Zimmer began his musical career playing keyboards and synthesisers. In 1980 he worked with The Buggles, a New Wave band formed in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downs, and Bruce Woolley. Zimmer can be briefly seen in The Buggles music video for "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1979). More Info »

Top Albums

  • The Dark Knight Rises
    The Dark Knight Rises
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End Original Soundtrack (International Version)
    Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End Original Soundtrack (International Version)
  • The Da Vinci Code
    The Da Vinci Code
  • The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The Dark Knight Rises: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • Gladiator Soundtrack
    Gladiator Soundtrack
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest Original Soundtrack (English Version)
    Pirates Of The Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest Original Soundtrack (English Version)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Black Hawk Down
    Black Hawk Down
  • The Last Samurai
    The Last Samurai
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Gladiator - Music from the Motion Picture
    Gladiator - Music from the Motion Picture
  • King Arthur Original Soundtrack
    King Arthur Original Soundtrack
  • Pearl Harbor
    Pearl Harbor
  • Sherlock Holmes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Sherlock Holmes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron
    Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron
  • King Arthur
    King Arthur
  • The Thin Red Line
    The Thin Red Line
  • Batman Begins: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Batman Begins: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Crimson Tide
    Crimson Tide
  • The Simpsons Movie: The Music
    The Simpsons Movie: The Music
  • The Prince Of Egypt
    The Prince Of Egypt
  • Backdraft
    Backdraft
  • The Rock
    The Rock
  • Hannibal
    Hannibal
  • Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
    Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
  • Frost / Nixon
    Frost / Nixon
  • Gladiator Ost
    Gladiator Ost
  • Tears of the Sun
    Tears of the Sun
  • Thunderbirds
    Thunderbirds
  • The Pledge
    The Pledge
  • The Wings of a Film
    The Wings of a Film
  • Good Morning, America!
    Good Morning, America!
  • Beyond Rangoon
    Beyond Rangoon
  • Mission: Impossible 2
    Mission: Impossible 2
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean, At The World's End
    Pirates Of The Caribbean, At The World's End
  • Driving Miss Daisy
    Driving Miss Daisy
  • Broken Arrow
    Broken Arrow
  • Green Card
    Green Card
  • The British Years
    The British Years
  • A World Apart
    A World Apart
  • The Peacemaker
    The Peacemaker
  • The Ring/The Ring 2
    The Ring/The Ring 2
  • Regarding Henry
    Regarding Henry
  • Jack's Suite - Remix (Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End)
    Jack's Suite - Remix (Pirates Of The Caribbean - At World's End)
  • The Ring
    The Ring
  • The Power of One
    The Power of One

Hans Zimmer. Artist Bio

Hans Zimmer (b. 1957) is a German-born, Los Angeles-based musician and film score composer.

Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 12th September 1957, and moved to London as a teenager. While he lived in London, Zimmer wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates. Zimmer began his musical career playing keyboards and synthesisers. In 1980 he worked with The Buggles, a New Wave band formed in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downs, and Bruce Woolley. Zimmer can be briefly seen in The Buggles music video for "Video Killed the Radio Star" (1979).

In the 1980s, Zimmer worked with film composer Stanley Myers, a prolific film composer who composed scores for over sixty films. Zimmer and Myers co-founded the London-based Lillie Yard recording studio. Together, Myers and Zimmer worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with state-of-the-art electronics. Some of their first movies with this new sound include "Moonlighting" (1982), "Success is the Best Revenge" (1984), "Insignificance" (1985), and "My Beautiful Launderette" (1985). In 1986, Zimmer joined David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto on their Oscar-winning score for "The Last Emperor" (1988).

Soon afterwards, Zimmer began working on his own solo projects. During his solo career years, Zimmer experimented and combined the use of old and new musical technologies. His first solo score was for Chris Menges’s film "A World Apart" (1988). However, the turning point in his career came later that year when he was asked to compose a score for Barry Levinson’s film "Rain Man" (1988). In the score, Zimmer uses synthesizers mixed with steel drums. The score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1989. A year later Zimmer was asked to compose a score for Bruce Beresford's "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), which won a Grammy Award 1991.

In 1994, Zimmer won his biggest commercial hit for Disney’s "The Lion King" (1994). He wanted to go to South Africa himself to record the soundtrack, but couldn't because he had a police record there for making subversive films. "The Lion King" soundtrack won numerous awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. It was then adapted for the Broadway musical version, which won the Tony for Best Musical in 1998.

Since the success of "The Lion King", Zimmer has written numerous film scores. His hundredth composition was for "The Last Samurai" (2003), for which he won both a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics nomination in 2004. After composing over a hundred film scores, Zimmer finally performed live for the first time in concert with a hundred-piece orchestra and a hundred-person choir at the twenty-seventh Annual Flanders International Film Festival.

He has received numerous honours and awards, including: Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review, Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, and BMI's prestigious Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in 1996. Today, Zimmer is considered to be the father of integrating the electronic musical world with traditional orchestral arrangements.

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