The Best Composer of All timeby bagusdriantama | created - 14 Jun 2013 | updated - 14 Jun 2013 | Public
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 ...
Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman theme, Harry Potter theme, all steven spielberg movies, home alone theme, Jurrasic Park theme, memoirs of geisha theme... win 5 Oscars from 48 nominations
Composer | All About Eve
Alfred Newman was born on March 17, 1901 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is known for his work on All About Eve (1950), How the West Was Won (1962) and V for Vendetta (2005). He was married to Martha Montgomery and Mary Lou Dix. He died on February 17, 1970 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California,...
The King and I, the Grapes of wrath, Camelot, win 9 Oscar from 45 nominations.
3. Alan Menken
Soundtrack | 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 (1989), the tale as old as time of Beauty and the Beast (1991), the Arabian tale Aladdin (1992) or the beloved song Colors of the Wind from ...
aladdin, beauty and the beast, little mermaid, win 8 Oscars from 19 nominations
Composer | The Hateful Eight
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 ...
the Untouchables, the mission, cinema paradiso, win 1 Oscars from 5 Nominations
5. 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 ...
Titanic, Avatar, the Grinch, a beautiful minds, win 2 oscars from 10 nominations
6. Nino Rota
Composer | The Godfather
Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous...
The Godfather, win 1 oscars from 2 nominations
Composer | Lawrence of Arabia
Unlike many musicians who started to learn music while still in their childhood, Maurice Jarre was already late in his teens when he discovered music and decided to make a career in that field. Against his father's will, he enrolled at Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussions, ...
Ghost, dead poet society, dr zhivago, lawrence of arabia, win 3 Oscars from 9 nominations
8. Max Steiner
Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one...
Casablanca, Gone with the wind. win 3 Oscars from 24 nominations
9. 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 ...
the lion king, gladiator, pirates carriebean, win 1 Oscars from 9 Nominations
10. Marvin Hamlisch
Soundtrack | The Spy Who Loved Me
Musical talent ran in Marvin Hamlisch's family - his father was an accordionist, and at seven Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted by Manhattan's Julliard School of Music. Hamlich furthered his education by taking night classes at Queens College and working during the day as a rehearsal ...
the way we were, the mirror has two faces, sophie's choice, win 3 oscars from 11 Nominations
11. Elmer Bernstein
Composer | Far from Heaven
Elmer Bernstein was educated at the Walden School and New York University. He served in the US Army Air Corps in World War II. A prolific and respected film music composer, he was a protégé of Aaron Copland, who studied music with Roger Sessions and Stefan Wolpe. Bernstein worked in various ...
the age of innocence, cape fear, far from heaven, win 1 oscars from 14 Nominations
12. Bernard Herrmann
Soundtrack | Taxi Driver
The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...
Citizen kane, psycho, north by northwest, taxi driver, win 1 Oscar from 5 Nominations
13. John Barry
Music_department | Dances with Wolves
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 ...
Dances with wolves, james bond theme, out of africa, win 5 Oscar from 7 Nominations
14. Giorgio Moroder
Soundtrack | Top Gun
Giorgio Moroder was born on April 26, 1940 in Urtijëi, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Hansjörg Moroder.
Top Gun, Flashdance, win 3 Oscar from 3 Nominations
15. 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 ...
the Lord of the Rings, Silence of the lambs, etc, win 3 oscars from 4 Nominations
16. Randy Newman
Soundtrack | The Princess and the Frog
Randy Newman was born on November 28, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Randall Stuart Newman. He has been married to Gretchen Preece since 1990. They have two children. He was previously married to Roswitha Schmale.
toy story, meet the parents, cars, monster inc, win 2 Oscar from 20 Nominations
17. Henry Mancini
Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week ...
the pink panther, breakfast at tiffany's, win 4 Oscar from 18 Nominations
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, ...
the sixth sense, my bestfriend wedding, the fugitive, never win, but has already get 8 nomination
19. Gabriel Yared
Composer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Gabriel Yared stopped his law studies at the age of 20 to work as a professional music composer. He studied with Henri Dutilleux and Maurice Ohana. He worked as a composer, orchestrator or producer for such singers as Françoise Hardy, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud and Mireille Mathieu. He made ...
the English Patient, the talented mr ripley, won 1 Oscar from 3 Nomination
20. Bill Conti
Composer | For Your Eyes Only
Rocky, the karate kid, win 1 Oscar from 3 Nominations
21. Jerry Goldsmith
Composer | L.A. Confidential
Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...
Mulan, the Omen, star trek, basic instinct, win 1 Oscar from 18 Nominations
22. 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 ...
the Simpson, Edward Scissorhands, big fish, never won but has 4 Oscar nominations
23. Rachel Portman
Composer | Never Let Me Go
Rachel Portman was born on December 11, 1960 in Haslemere, Surrey, England as Rachel Mary Berkeley Portman. She is known for her work on Never Let Me Go (2010), Chocolat (2000) and Emma (1996). She has been married to Uberto Pasolini since 1995. They have three children.
Chocolate, Emma, The cider House Rules, win 1 Oscar from 3 Nominations.
Soundtrack | The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Cats (1994), Evita (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).
He was born on March 22, 1948, in South Kensington in London, ...
The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, win1 Oscar from 4 nominations
Composer | The King's Speech
Alexandre Desplat was born on August 23, 1961 in Paris, Île-de-France, France as Alexandre Michel Gerard Desplat. He is known for his work on The King's Speech (2010), Argo (2012) and The Queen (2006).
the King speech, the tree of life, Argo, never win but has already 5 Nominations for 5 years in a row
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), ...
Star Trek (2009), Rattatouile, up, win 1 Oscar for 2 nominations
27. Éric Serra
Music_department | GoldenEye
Eric Serra was born on September 9th, 1959 near Paris in France. His mother died when he was only 7 years old. His father, Claude Serra was a well-know songwriter in France in late 50s and 60s. Serra began to learn play the guitar at 11 years old and became a professional musician for Mory Kante;, ...
james Bond Golden Eye, Leon the Proffesional, La femme Nikita
28. 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) ...
Wall E, American Beauty, sky fall, the shawsank redemption, never win but has already 11 Oscar Nominations
29. Alan Silvestri
Composer | The Polar Express
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 ...
Forest Gump, the Avengers, the Polar Express, Lilo and Sticht, never won but has 2 Oscar Nominations
30. Randy Edelman
Music_department | The Last of the Mohicans
Randy Edelman was born on June 10, 1947 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on The Last of the Mohicans (1992), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) and Six Days Seven Nights (1998). He has been married to Jackie DeShannon since June 3, 1976. They have one child.
The Last of the Mohicans, Dragon Heart, the Mummy, never nominated, but the score very amazing...
31. Stephen Warbeck
Composer | Shakespeare in Love
Stephen Warbeck began studying piano and composing at the age of four. His parents were keen amateur musicians who encouraged Stephen to pursue his musical talents. By his mid-teens, Stephen developed an affinity for rock 'n' roll as well as for theatre. He studied Drama and French at Bristol ...
Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliot, win 1 Oscar for 1 Nominations
32. Marc Shaiman
Soundtrack | Smash
A great talent who started his career in Saturday Night Live (1975), where he worked with colleagues like Rob Reiner or Billy Crystal. He worked for some great stage values as Eric Clapton, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Crystal, Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Holliday, Nathan Lane, Jenifer Lewis...
hairspray, sleepless in seattle, the american president, never won but has already 5 Oscar Nominations
33. 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.
James Bond's Tomorrow never Dies, Stepford wives, never nominated
34. Philip Glass
Composer | The Hours
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...
TheTruman show, Kundun, The Hours, never win, but has already 3 Oscar Nominations
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. ...
Frida, heat, pubic enemies, acros of the universe, win 1 Oscar from 3 Nominations