Composers to Keep Track Of

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1. John Williams

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

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 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, ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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, ...

5. 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 ...

6. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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 ...

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), ...

8. John Powell

Composer | Solo: A Star Wars Story

John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Rio (2011). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner.

9. Bear McCreary

Composer | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Bear McCreary is a degreed graduate of the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music (in 'Composition and Recording Arts'). Bear McCreary was one of a small and select group of proteges of the late, many-honored film composer Elmer Bernstein. Although he is now firmly in the mainstream of film ...

10. Abel Korzeniowski

Composer | A Single Man

Born on the 18th of July, 1972, in Cracow, Poland. In 1996 graduated the instrumental studies (specialization: cello), and then in 2000 graduated with merit from the composition class of Krzysztof Penderecki at the Music Academy in Cracow. At the same Academy, in the years 1999-2000, he was an ...

11. Dario Marianelli

Composer | Atonement

Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa and studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent 3 years at the National Film and Television School, from which he graduated in 1997. Dario's film scores include '...

12. Austin Wintory

Composer | Journey

Austin Wintory is a Grammy-nominated and two-time BAFTA-winning composer. His career has straddled the worlds of concert music, film, and video games. Austin grew up in Denver and from the age of 10 was utterly addicted to film music. After teaching himself to compose, orchestrate and conduct in ...

13. Olivier Derivière

Composer | Remember Me

Olivier Derivière is known for his work on Remember Me (2013), 11-11: Memories Retold (2018) and Get Even (2017).

14. Roque Baños

Composer | Evil Dead

Roque Baños was born in 1968 in Jumilla, Murcia, Spain as Roque Baños López. He is known for his work on Evil Dead (2013), Don't Breathe (2016) and In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

15. Jonny Greenwood

Soundtrack | The Master

Jonny Greenwood was born on November 5, 1971 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England as Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood. He has been married to Sharona Katan since 1995. They have three children.

16. Alexandre Desplat

Composer | The King's Speech

Composer and conductor Alexandre Desplat, Oscar winner and seven-time Academy Award nominated, for his prolific filmography and his collaborations with Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski, George Clooney or Matteo Garrone is one ...

17. Carter Burwell

Music_department | Carol

Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since ...

18. Brian Tyler

Composer | Iron Man Three

Brian Tyler is known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Eagle Eye (2008).

19. Daniel Pemberton

Composer | Steve Jobs

Daniel Pemberton was born on November 3, 1977 in the UK. He is known for his work on Steve Jobs (2015), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015).

20. Naoki Satô

Composer | Eien no 0

Naoki Satô was born on May 2, 1970 in Chiba, Japan. He is known for his work on The Fighter Pilot (2013), Always - Sunset on Third Street (2005) and Fueled: The Man They Called 'Pirate' (2016).

21. Marco Beltrami

Composer | I, Robot

Marco Beltrami was born on October 7, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on I, Robot (2004), World War Z (2013) and Knowing (2009).

22. Bruno Coulais

Composer | Les choristes

Bruno Coulais was born on January 13, 1954 in Paris, France. He is a composer, known for The Chorus (2004), Coraline (2009) and Winged Migration (2001).

23. John Ottman

Composer | Valkyrie

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...

25. Fernando Velázquez

Composer | El orfanato

Fernando Velázquez is known for his work on The Orphanage (2007), Crimson Peak (2015) and The Impossible (2012).

26. Justin Hurwitz

Soundtrack | La La Land

Justin Hurwitz was born on January 22, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Justin Gabriel Hurwitz. He is a writer, known for La La Land (2016), First Man (2018) and Whiplash (2014).

27. Ludwig Göransson

Composer | Black Panther

Ludwig Göransson was born on September 1, 1984 in Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden. He is a composer, known for Black Panther (2018), Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018).

28. Laurent Eyquem

Composer | Nostalgia

With his distinctive voice and uniquely memorable themes, French composer Laurent Eyquem has quickly become one of the most talked-about talents to arrive on the film music scene in recent years. Known for his surprising artistic range and melodies of singular beauty, Eyquem is making his mark on ...

31. Víctor Reyes

Composer | Buried

Víctor Reyes was born on February 25, 1962 in Salamanca, Salamanca, Castilla y León, Spain. He is known for his work on Buried (2010), Grand Piano (2013) and The Night Manager (2016).

32. Benjamin Wallfisch

Composer | Blade Runner 2049

Composer of David F. Sandberg's SHAZAM!, Andy Muschietti's IT, and co-composer of Denis Villeneuve's BLADE RUNNER: 2049 (with Hans Zimmer), Benjamin Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and received Golden Globe, BAFTA, 2x GRAMMY and EMMY nominations. He is currently scoring IT: CHAPTER ...

33. Óscar Araujo

Composer | Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Óscar Araujo is known for his work on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (2014), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010) and Neon Flesh (2010).

34. Maurizio Malagnini

Composer | The Paradise

Over the past five years, international award-winning composer Maurizio Malagnini (The Paradise, Call The MIdwife) has distinguished himself by bringing his elegant melodies and cinematic vision to numerous BBC television shows. Since 2010, Malagnini has composed the music for 54 episodes of ...

36. George Kallis

Composer | Highlander: The Source

George Kallis grew up in a rich musical environment in Cyprus. His mother was an accomplished pianist and opera singer who introduced him to a variety of recording artists, while his grandfather gave him his first lessons on the violin. At the age of 8 George started studying the piano and by his ...

37. Jeff Russo

Composer | Fargo

Jeff Russo was born on August 31, 1969. He is known for his work on Fargo (2014), Mile 22 (2018) and Star Trek: Discovery (2017).

38. Jane Antonia Cornish

Music_department | Maleficent

Was nominated for Best New Composer in 2007 by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).

39. 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, ...

41. Gustavo Dudamel

Music_department | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Gustavo Adolfo Dudamel Ramírez (born January 26, 1981) is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is currently the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony in Gothenburg, Sweden, and music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles, California. Dudamel is also the artistic ...

42. Christopher Willis

Music_department | The Death of Stalin

Christopher Willis composes the music to Disney's Mickey Mouse (2013), and co-writes the music to the Emmy Award-winning show Veep (2012). He has also (as an "additional music" composer) contributed to a number of major Hollywood movies, including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012), ...

43. Pinar Toprak

Composer | Captain Marvel

Pinar Toprak was born in 1980 in Istanbul, Turkey as Pinar Ozlem Toprak. She is known for her work on Captain Marvel (2019), Fortnite (2017) and Krypton (2018). She was previously married to Thanos Kazakos.

45. Cyrille Aufort

Composer | En kongelig affære

2018 Award for the Best Outstanding Music Composition for A Limited Series, Movie Or Special at the 70th Emmy Awards for the Original Music of the Documentary Film "March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step" by Luc Jacquet.

Winner of many prizes from both Paris and Lyon Music Academies, Cyrille Aufort ...

47. Arnau Bataller

Composer | Graffiti

Arnau Bataller was born in 1977 in Alzira, València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain. He is known for his work on Graffiti (2015), [REC] 3: Genesis (2012) and [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014).

48. Javier Navarrete

Composer | El laberinto del fauno

Javier Navarrete was born in 1956 in Teruel, Aragón, Spain. He is known for his work on Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Byzantium (2012).

50. Alexander Cimini

Composer | Dark Waves

Alexander Cimini was born in Bielefeld, Germany, on July 11, 1975. Soon began studying the piano, winning numerous awards in piano competitions. From an early age showed great passion for cinema and music for films that already begins to grow vigorously to fifteen years. Cimini is an awards winning...

51. Disasterpeace

Composer | It Follows

Disasterpeace is known for his work on It Follows (2014), Triple Frontier (2019) and Hyper Light Drifter (2016).

52. Alfonso de Vilallonga

Composer | Blancanieves

Alfonso de Vilallonga was born in 1960 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Alfonso de Vilallonga Serra. He is a composer, known for Blancanieves (2012), The Bookshop (2017) and Transsiberian (2008).

54. Masakatsu Takagi

Composer | Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Masakatsu Takagi is a composer, known for Wolf Children (2012), The Boy and the Beast (2015) and Tamatama (2011).

56. Jeff Grace

Actor | Folk Hero & Funny Guy

Jeff Grace got his career in writing/directing/producing/acting started on the stages of Second City and ImprovOlympic, while working days as an ad-man on the Altoids campaign at Leo Burnett in Chicago. He left advertising and moved to Los Angeles to write for IFC's The Henry Rollins Show. As an ...

57. Scott Walker

Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Scott Walker was born on January 9, 1943 in Hamilton, Ohio, USA as Noel Scott Engel. He was married to Mette Teglbjaerg. He died on March 22, 2019 in London, England.

58. Mica Levi

Composer | Under the Skin

Mica Levi (also known as "Micachu") was born outside of London to a record collector and professional Cellist in a household where music was not just a hobby, but a starting point for everything. Mica was playing violin as soon as she was old enough to hold one. She was classically trained at the ...

59. Santi Vega

Composer | 14 kilómetros

Santi Vega is known for his work on 14 kilómetros (2007), Eyengui, el dios del sueño (2003) and La fuente amarilla (1999).

60. Murray Gold

Composer | Doctor Who

Murray Gold has been nominated for a BAFTA six times in the category Best Original Television Music, for Vanity Fair (1999), Queer as Folk (2000), Casanova (2006), Doctor Who (2008) and A Very English Scandal (2019). His score for the BAFTA winning film Kiss of Life was awarded the Mozart Prize of ...

61. Don Davis

Composer | The Matrix Reloaded

Don Davis was born on February 4, 1957 in Anaheim, California, USA as Donald Romain Davis. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). He has been married to Megan Jeanne MacDonald since May 25, 1986.

62. David Arnold

Soundtrack | Casino Royale

David Arnold was born on January 23, 1962 in Luton, England. He is known for his work on Casino Royale (2006), Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998). He has been married to Ellie Pole since June 8, 1996. They have three children.

63. Elliot Goldenthal

Composer | Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Elliot Goldenthal is an Academy Award-winning composer best known for his original music scores for such films as Frida (2002) and Across the Universe (2007), among his other works.

He was born on May 2, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a house-painter, and his mother was a seamstress. ...

64. Michael Abels

Composer | Get Out

Michael Abels is an African-American composer known for his orchestra works Global Warming, Delights & Dances, and Urban Legend, and choral pieces such as Be The Change and Limitless. With a "keen ear for musical color and a deft ability to adapt structural elements from popular music into the ...

65. Daniel Hart

Composer | The Old Man & the Gun

Daniel Hart is a composer, known for The Old Man & the Gun (2018), A Ghost Story (2017) and SMILF (2017).

66. Andrew Lockington

Composer | San Andreas

Andrew Lockington is best known for his epic score to the Warner Bros/Newline Blockbuster San Andreas, contributing to the film grossing close to $475 million worldwide. Andrew's other credits include the Golden Globe nominated Frankie and Alice starring Halle Berry, Fox 2000's Percy Jackson: Sea ...

67. Mac Quayle

Composer | American Horror Story

Audiences worldwide have been captivated by the unique musical stylings of Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Mac Quayle. He currently scores USA Network's Golden Globe winning suspense-thriller "Mr. Robot," starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek, for which Mac won an Emmy.

Most recently,...

68. Oscar Martin Leanizbarrutia

Composer | Red de libertad

Oscar Martín Leanizbarrutia is a young composer, formed in the Royal High Conservatory of Music of Madrid, studying a lot of different courses specialized in composition, and film scoring with several highly composers teachers. In spite of his young age, he has a lot of experience working for ...

69. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Moon (2009).

70. Tomás Barreiro

Composer | Las niñas bien

Tomás Barreiro (b. Mexico City, 1976) is a multidisciplinary composer dedicated to scoring music for film and television and creating concert music. He earned a Master's degree with honors from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (California, USA 2002, Fulbright-FONCA Grant). In 2008 he was ...

73. Takayuki Hattori

Composer | Yukai

Takayuki Hattori is known for his work on Yukai (1997), Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997) and Godzilla 2000 (1999).

74. Tuomas Kantelinen

Composer | Mongol

Tuomas Kantelinen was born on September 22, 1969 in Finland. He is known for his work on Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007), The Italian Key (2011) and Mindhunters (2004). He is married to Rosa Karo.

75. Anne Kathrin Dern

Music_department | Ballerina

Anne-Kathrin Dern (born July 30, 1987) is a German film composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to "The Jade Pendant" (2017), " Lilly's Bewitched Christmas" (2017), and "Help I Shrunk My Parents" (2018), as well as...

76. Shiro Sagisu

Music_department | Shin Gojira

Shiro Sagisu was born on August 29, 1957 in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. He is known for his work on Shin Godzilla (2016), The Grandmaster (2013) and Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009).

77. Chad Cannon

Music_department | Godzilla

Chad Cannon is a composer interested in the intersection of cultures, history, and human stories. His debut soundtracks received global recognition - Paper Lanterns received an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics' Awards) nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary, while Cairo ...

78. Joe Kraemer

Composer | Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Joe Kraemer has been scoring films since the age of 15, when he composed the soundtrack for his high school classmate's The Chiming Hour, a feature-length indie shot on Super 8 in 1986. This lead to three career-defining projects for Kraemer: The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher, and Mission: ...

80. Joan Valent

Composer | Las brujas de Zugarramurdi

Joan Valent is known for his work on Witching and Bitching (2013), Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) and The Bar (2017).

81. Nicholas Britell

Composer | Moonlight

Nicholas Britell is a two-time Academy Award-nominated composer, pianist, and producer. His critically acclaimed score for Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning film Moonlight was nominated for the 2017 Oscar for Best Original Score and was awarded the 2016 Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original ...

82. Alexis Maingaud

Composer | Blossom

Alexis Maingaud is a french composer of film music. He studied Composition, Orchestration, Harmonic Writing and Conducting. He graduated in Musicology at the University Paris IV Sorbonne. Added to that, he graduated from the School of Cinema ESRA Paris. He composed the soundtracks of many ...

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