Top 15 Movie Composers

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“ Favorite Masterpiece: The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

The best soundtrack ever made! ” - chelsea1988
Carmine Coppola
Composer, conductor, arranger and flautist, educated at the Manhattan School of Music (BA, MA) and Juilliard (on scholarship) (MM). He was first flautist for Radio City Music Hall from 1934 to 1936, the Detroit Symphony from 1936 to 1941, the NBC Toscanini Orchestra from 1942 to 1948 and staff arranger for Radio City Music Hall from 1948 to 1956...
“ Favorite Masterpiece: The Black Stallion (1979) ” - chelsea1988
“ Favorite Masterpiece: The Black Stallion (1979) ” - chelsea1988
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)...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: Jurassic Park (1993-2001), Home Alone (1990-1992), Lincoln (2012), Catch Me If You Can (2002) & Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ” - chelsea1988
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...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: Titanic (1997), The Devil's Own (1997), Braveheart (1995), Bicentennial Man (1999), Patriot Games (1992) & Legends of the Fall (1994). ” - chelsea1988
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)...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: The Pacific (2010), The Bible (2013), The Lion King (1994), The Gladiator (2000), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), The Dark Knight (2008), The Da Vinci Code (2006) & The Lone Ranger (2013). ” - chelsea1988
Harry Gregson-Williams
Composer, Shrek 2
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...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Town (2010), Man On Fire (2004) & Spy Game (2001) ” - chelsea1988
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...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: Cast Away (2000), Blown Away (1994) & Forrest Gump (1994) ” - chelsea1988
Trevor Rabin
Composer, The Guardian
Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in London and released three solo albums...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: National Treasure (2004), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), Armageddon (1998) & Gone In 60 Seconds (2000) ” - chelsea1988
Thomas Newman
Music Department, WALL·E
“ Favorite Masterpieces: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), American Beauty (1999), Revolutionary Road (2008) & Meet Joe Black (1998) ” - chelsea1988
John Barry
Music Department, Juke Box Jury
John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic environment...
“ Favorite Masterpieces: James Bond (1962-1987) & Dances with Wolves (1990) ” - chelsea1988
“ Favorite Masterpiece: Lord of The Rings (2001-2003) & The Hobbit (2012) ” - chelsea1988
“ Favorite Masterpiece: The Truman Show (1998) ” - chelsea1988
“ Favorite Masterpieces: Transformers (2007) & The Island (2005) ” - chelsea1988
Nicholas Dodd
Music Department, Casino Royale
“ Favorite Masterpiece: Independence Day (1993) ” - chelsea1988