Best composersby doval008 | created - 30 Dec 2016 | updated - 30 Dec 2016 | 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
maze runner, daredevil
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, ...
8. Blake Neely
Composer | Arrow
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.
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
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
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).
benjamin buton, argo, discurso del rey
13. David Julyan
Composer | The Cabin in the Woods
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 ...
star trek, mulan
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...
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 ...
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.
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) ...
wall- e , cadena perpetua, skyfall spectre
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 '...
v de vendetta
23. Joseph Bishara
Composer | Insidious
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...
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 ...
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 ...
shrek, cronicas de narnia
27. Christophe Beck
Composer | Frozen
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
hotel rwanda, pursuit of hapiness, silver linings
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.
como entrenar a tu dragon, rio
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).
walter mitty, espias
37. Michael Andrews
Composer | Donnie Darko
donnie darko, malditos vecinos
38. Justin Hurwitz
Soundtrack | La La Land
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 ...
looper, don jon
40. Sean Callery
Composer | 24
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.
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).
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).
intocabel, el maestro del agua
Composer | Wonder Woman
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...
sin city, iron man, cuzco
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.
49. Steve Jablonsky
Composer | Transformers
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 ...