Best composers

by doval008 | created - 30 Dec 2016 | updated - 30 Dec 2016 | 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 ...

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2. 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 ...

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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 ...

lord of the rings and hobbit

4. 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 ...

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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, baveheart

6. John Paesano

Composer | The Maze Runner

John Paesano is an Emmy-nominated composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. John studied classical music with Professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris, and continued his studies at Berklee College of Music where he focused on composition...

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7. 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, ...

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8. Blake Neely

Composer | Arrow

Blake Neely was born on April 28, 1969 in Paris, Texas, USA. He is known for his work on Arrow (2012), The Island (2005) and The Mentalist (2008).

flash, arrow, mentalista

9. 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.

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10. 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.

cars, toy story, monsters inc

11. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer | Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

sicario, prisioneros, teorias del todo

12. Alexandre Desplat

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).

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13. David Julyan

Composer | The Cabin in the Woods

David Julyan is known for his work on The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Prestige (2006) and Insomnia (2002).

memento, the prestige

14. 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 ...

forrest gump, vengadores

15. 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 ...

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16. Kyle Dixon

Soundtrack | Stranger Things

Grammy nominated Kyle Dixon, along with musical partner Michael Stein, half of the Austin band S U R V I V E traveled back in musical time to soundtrack the biggest pop culture phenomenon of 2016: the Netflix series Stranger things. The duo's dreamy, throwback score helped sell the nostalgic ode to...

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17. Michael Stein

Soundtrack | Stranger Things

Grammy nominated Michael Stein, along with musical partner Kyle Dixon, half of the Austin band S U R V I V E, traveled back in musical time to soundtrack the biggest pop culture phenomenon of 2016: the Netflix series Stranger Things. The duo's dreamy, throwback score helped sell the nostalgic ode ...

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18. 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 True Grit (2010). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since 1999.

frago, twilight

19. 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, kill bill, taxi driver

20. Nicholas Britell

Composer | Moonlight

Nicholas Britell is an 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 Score (...

big short, wiplash, 12 años de esclavitud

21. 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) ...

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22. 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 '...

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23. Joseph Bishara

Composer | Insidious

Joseph Bishara is known for his work on Insidious (2010), The Conjuring 2 (2016) and The Conjuring (2013).

the conjuring, insidious

24. 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...

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25. A.R. Rahman

Composer | Slumdog Millionaire

A two-time winner and five-times nominee of the Academy Award (Oscar), A. R. Rahman is popularly known as the man who has redefined contemporary Indian music. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprising of music from more than 100 film ...

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26. Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer | Shrek

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...

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27. Christophe Beck

Composer | Frozen

Christophe Beck was born in 1972 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Jean-Christophe Beck. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Ant-Man (2015) and The Muppets (2011).

frozen, edge of tomorrow

28. Kyle Eastwood

Composer | Gran Torino

Kyle Eastwood was born on May 19, 1968 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Kyle Clinton Eastwood. He is a composer, known for Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). He has been married to Cynthia Ramirez since September 2014. He was previously married to Laura Gómez.

million dolar baby, gran torino, mystic river

29. Andrea Guerra

Composer | Hotel Rwanda

Andrea Guerra was born in October 1961 in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is a composer, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and Nine (2009).

hotel rwanda, pursuit of hapiness, silver linings

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31. 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), ...

Ratatuille, lost, cars

32. 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.

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33. Ramin Djawadi

Composer | Game of Thrones

Ramin Djawadi was born on July 19, 1974 in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a composer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Iron Man (2008) and Westworld (2016). He is married to Jennifer Hawks.

game of thrones, iron man, pacific rim

34. Mychael Danna

Composer | Life of Pi

Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores for ...

life of pi, truman capote, trancendence

35. Tyler Bates

Composer | Guardians of the Galaxy

It's anything but typical for the realms of film or music... Tyler Bates regularly transitions from scoring some of the world's biggest film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick, to rocking massive audiences with Marilyn Manson and back to the studio again ...

guardians of the galaxy, john wick

36. Theodore Shapiro

Composer | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Theodore Shapiro was born on September 29, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Theodore Michael Shapiro. He is a composer, known for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), Tropic Thunder (2008) and You, Me and Dupree (2006).

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37. Michael Andrews

Composer | Donnie Darko

Michael Andrews is known for his work on Donnie Darko (2001), Bridesmaids (2011) and Bad Teacher (2011).

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38. 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 and producer, known for La La Land (2016), First Man (2018) and Whiplash (2014).

wiplash, la la land

39. Nathan Johnson

Music_department | Looper

As a composer, producer, songwriter, and director, Nathan Johnson's innovative film scores and hybrid media performances have consistently blurred the lines between stage, screen, music, and narrative. Best known for his unconventional work in film and music, Nathan favors modified, organic ...

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40. Sean Callery

Composer | 24

Sean Callery was born in 1964 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is a composer, known for 24 (2001), Bones (2005) and Jessica Jones (2015).

Bones, elementary, jessica jones

41. Chris Bacon

Music_department | King Kong

Two-time Emmy nominee Chris Bacon successfully applies his creative talents to scoring for Feature Film, Animation, Documentaries and TV. He thrives by collaborating with filmmakers and show-runners, bringing his unique sound to their projects, Chris has received two Primetime Emmy Award ...

king kong, i am legend, caballero oscuro

42. Alf Clausen

Composer | The Simpsons

Alf Clausen was born on March 28, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is known for his work on The Simpsons (1989), Moonlighting (1985) and Weird Science (1985). He is married to Sally. They have five children.

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43. Michael Price

Producer | The Simpsons

Michael Price was born on October 22, 1958 in South Plainfield, New Jersey, USA as Michael William Price. He is a producer and writer, known for The Simpsons (1989), The Simpsons Movie (2007) and F Is for Family (2015).

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44. Ludovico Einaudi

Composer | This Is England

Ludovico Einaudi was born on November 23, 1955 in Turin, Italy as Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi. He is a composer, known for This Is England (2006), The Intouchables (2011) and Sotto falso nome (2004).

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45. Rupert Gregson-Williams

Composer | Wonder Woman

Rupert Gregson-Williams was born in 1966 in Chichester, England. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and The Crown (2016).

tarzan, hotel rwanda, hacsaw ridge

46. Henry Jackman

Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service

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 ...

kingsman, xmen first class, winter soldier

47. John Debney

Music_department | 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...

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48. Michael Kamen

Soundtrack | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Michael Kamen was born on April 15, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael Arnold Kamen. He was married to Sandra Keenan. He died on November 18, 2003 in London, England.

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49. Steve Jablonsky

Composer | Transformers

Steve Jablonsky was born on October 9, 1970 in the USA. He is known for his work on Transformers (2007), Desperate Housewives (2004) and Deepwater Horizon (2016).

transformers, deepwater

50. 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...

xmen 2, superman returns

51. Nick Urata

Composer | Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Born in NY, Nick Urata is best known as founder and front man of the influential band Devotchka. In 2007, the band gained worldwide recognition and a Grammy nomination for the soundtrack of Academy Award winning film, Little Miss Sunshine. Since then, Urata has scored more than 25 films including ...

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