My Favorite Composers

by chriswri1733 | created - 16 Jun 2012 | updated - 13 Jun 2014 | Public

1. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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 ...

2. 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 ...

Best Work:



Apollo 13


House Of Sand And Fog

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas


The Karate Kid

The Amazing Spider-Man

3. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

Best Work:


Mrs. Doubtfire


The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

The Aviator

The Departed


4. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

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 ...

Best Work:

Rain Man

The Lion King


Pearl Harbor

Batman Begins

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End

The Simpsons Movie

The Dark Knight

Sherlock Holmes


Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Dark Knight Rises

5. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

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 (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

Best Work:

Peter Pan

King Kong

Batman Begins

Michael Clayton

The Dark Knight

6. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

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 ...

Best Work:


The Simpsons Theme

Batman Returns

The Nightmare Before Christmas


Spider-Man 2

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Alice In Wonderland

Dark Shadows

7. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

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), ...

Best Work:

The Incredibles

Mission: Impossible III



Star Trek

Let Me In

Super 8

Cars 2

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

John Carter

8. Christopher Young

Composer | Sinister

Composer Christopher Young was born on April 28, 1957 in Red Bank, New Jersey. After graduating from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Young went on to pursue his post-graduate studies at North Texas State University. Christopher moved to Los Angeles, ...

Best Work:

Spider-Man 3