Favorite Composers

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John Williams
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)...
 
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Hans Zimmer
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)...
 
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Michael Giacchino
Composer, Ratatouille
Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games. Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)...
 
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Alan Silvestri
Composer, Forrest Gump
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...
 
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James Horner
Music Department, Titanic
James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He later completed his Ph.D...
 
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John Debney
Composer, The Jungle Book
John Debney's career seemed destined for Hollywood, the son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John grew up in nearby Glendale, California where he got early inspiration for film and music growing up on the Disney Studio lot. The child of two musicians, John showed an early aptitude for music and began guitar lessons at age six...
 
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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.
 
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Danny Elfman
Music Department, Corpse Bride
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...
 
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Henry Jackman
Henry Jackman, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, UK, began composing his first symphony at age six, and was an accomplished composer by age nine. He went on to study classical music at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and Oxford University. As a teenager, he became heavily influenced by the underground rave scene...
 
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John Paesano
Composer, The Maze Runner
John Paesano is a composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. After his initial studies with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire Paris, John traveled to Boston, where he continued his studies at Berklee College Of Music where he focused on scoring for Film & Television.
 
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John Ottman
John Ottman holds dual distinctions as a leading film composer and an award winning film editor. Ottman has often completed both monumental tasks on the same films. Such remarkable double duties have included The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, and Jack the Giant Killer. He has also held producer roles on several of these films...
 
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Tyler Bates
Long before he cemented himself as a highly sought-after composer, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer, Tyler Bates resided in a haunted rural Illinois log cabin ranch previously owned by none other than Al Capone. Between two exorcisms on the property and an "odd" job unwittingly digging graves...
 
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Harry Gregson-Williams
Composer, Shrek
Harry Gregson-Williams is a composer. He was the composer on all four installments of the blockbuster Shrek franchise; garnered a BAFTA nomination for the score for the first Shrek; and received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score to Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion...
 
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Daft Punk
Soundtrack, Iron Man 2
 
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Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) wanted her sons to have a musical education...
 
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Trevor Morris
Composer, The Tudors
2 Time EMMY Award winning composer Trevor Morris is a dual Citizen of Canada and Great Britain, living and working in Los Angeles. Trevor composes music for Feature Film, Television and Video Games. He is most recognized for his Television work on "The Tudors", "The Borgias" and "Vikings". As well as such feature films as "London Has Fallen"...
 
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Christopher Drake
Christopher Drake's music empowers a diverse array of projects, transcending medium and genre. Drake has shown mastery composing across different formats with film, television and video games. Drake has collaborated many times with beloved cult filmmaker Kevin Smith, their most recent collaboration being...
 
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Klaus Badelt
Music Department, Gladiator
It has been a few years since Klaus' large-scale score to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl defined the franchise and brought him worldwide mass attention. Since then, Klaus continues to write for major motion pictures with top-names like Wolfgang Petersen, Michael Mann, Richard Donner, Francis Lawrence and Harvey Weinstein...
 
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Alan Menken
Music Department, Beauty and the Beast
New York-songwriter and film composer, Alan Menken is best known for his unforgettable music for Disney movies like Calypso music of The Little Mermaid, the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast, the Arabian tale Aladdin or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas just to name a few...
 
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Murray Gold
Composer, Doctor Who
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...
 
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Marc Streitenfeld
Music Department, Gladiator
 
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Blake Neely
Composer, Arrow
 
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Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer, The Lego Movie
Graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio. Attended Kent State University (1970-73) in Kent, Ohio, to focus on attaining an art degree. While at Kent State Mothersbaugh met Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis, who ultimately joined him in forming the 1970-80s avant-garde band Devo. Awarded an honorary doctorate degree (2008) from Kent State in humane letters...
 
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Kevin Kliesch
Music Department, Tangled
Composer Kevin Kliesch won his first Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition for his work on Sofia the First, after being nominated for the second consecutive year. Originally from New Jersey, Kevin is a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music. Kevin has worked as a composer and orchestrator on over 100 feature films spanning the past seventeen years...
 
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Steven Price
Composer, Gravity
Steven Price is an Academy Award-winning composer. In 2014 his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity won him not only the Academy Award but also the BAFTA, the Critics' Choice Award, the Satellite Award, and ASCAP's first-ever Film Composer of The Year Award. He has since scored Fury, the WWII epic written and directed by David Ayer...