Basically a list of the best composers currently out there, and who's music may overpower your movie... if your making one
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa
, Aaron Copland
or Leonard Bernstein
, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar nominations (five wins)...
“ You can never go wrong with a John Williams score. Nearly every time, he will deliver a memorable melody that builds the movie even stronger ” - EvanHamilton
German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV (August 1, 1981)...
“ Although he may repeat his style very often, Hans Zimmer is known as a genius. He created the sound of anarchy in 'The Dark Knight', amazingly recreated Ennio Morricone's score styles to Sergio Leone's films for 'Rango', and made the captivating score for 'Inception'. ” - EvanHamilton
“ The next John Williams. Giacchino has made some excellent pieces, some being very emotionally powerful. Image the movie 'Up' having been scored by Trent Reznor. ” - EvanHamilton
A classmate of director Sergio Leone
with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first film scores were relatively undistinguished...
“ Ennio morricone is known for his music for Sergio Leone's films. Not only does he create the essential element of the environment in the film, but the music truly does become another member of the cast. ” - EvanHamilton
“ Brian can play a wide variety of instruments. He can successfully mix rock 'n roll with any orchestra and have it sound amazing and correct. His score to 'Fast Five' truly captivates the feel of the cars and the pounding intensity. ” - EvanHamilton
“ Alexandre Desplat will nearly always have beautiful melodies. He knows how to make a score. ” - EvanHamilton
“ The only score from John that really amazes me is his score to 'How to train your Dragon', which alone sent him higher up this list. The music is exciting and uplifting. A must have. ” - EvanHamilton
“ Some of Howard's scores are absolutely brilliant, with strong and original melodies. The only problem is that his music at times struggles with the on-screen picture. ” - EvanHamilton
Five-time BAFTA nominee Murray Gold has been the composer of Doctor Who
since its 2005 re-launch. One of the most inspired and uncompromising composers in his field, Gold composes for theatre, film, and television. In addition to his two BAFTA nominations for Doctor Who, Gold earned BAFTA nominations for Vanity Fair
“ Murray's contribution to the 'Doctor Who' series are amazing. ” - EvanHamilton
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Jan A. P. Kaczmarek is a composer with a tremendous international reputation that continues to grow. As a successful recording artist and touring musician, Jan turned to composing film scores as his primary occupation. Jan's first success in the United States came in theater. After composing striking scores for productions at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum...
“ 'Finding Neverland' is simply a breath-taking score ” - EvanHamilton
As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman
started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's directorial debut...
Allah Rakha Rahman was born A.S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966, in Madras (now Chennai), India, to a musically affluent family. Dileep started learning the piano at the age of 4, and at the age of 9, his father passed away. Since the pressure of supporting his family fell on him, he joined Ilaiyaraaja
's troupe as a keyboard player at the age of 11...
In over thirty years as a film composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. Born in Manhattan in 1950, Alan was first drawn to music at an early age. Beginning as a drummer, his love for instruments quickly grew to include the bassoon...
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John
, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office
in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, record producer, conductor, keyboardist, and film composer.
Although many reference sources inexplicably give Barry Gray's year of birth as 1925, he was in fact born John Livesey Eccles in Blackburn on 18 July 1908. His father John Haworth Eccles was a stationery traveller by profession, but both parents were said to be musically talented, and John Junior went to study at the Royal Manchester College of Music and at Blackburn Cathedral...