Composers

by Xerlientt | created - 16 May 2017 | updated - 16 May 2017 | 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. 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), ...

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. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Untouchables

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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. 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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. 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) ...

10. 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 ...

11. 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.

12. 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 '...

13. John Murphy

Composer | Sunshine

John Murphy is a British film composer from Liverpool. He began composing music scores for films in the early 1990s, working on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtracks to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).

Since 2000, Murphy has ...

14. 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 Requiem for a Dream (2000).

15. Brad Fiedel

Composer | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Extremely talented, prolific and versatile composer Brad Fiedel was born on March 10, 1951 in New York City. His mother was a dancer and his father was a composer and musician. Brad started out as a keyboardist for Hall & Oates. Fiedel first began composing music for movies in the mid-70s for such ...

16. 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 ...

17. 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...

18. 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.

19. Patrick Doyle

Composer | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer.

His first film score, the acclaimed adaptation of "Henry V" with Kenneth Branagh for Renaissance films was scored in 1989. He has subsequently worked with Kenneth Branagh, a long time collaborator on numerous pictures including "Dead Again", "Much Ado...

20. Craig Armstrong

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.

From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...

21. 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, ...

22. Kenji Kawai

Composer | Yip Man

Kenji Kawai was born on April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. He is a composer, known for Yip Man (2008), Ip Man 2 (2010) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004).

24. 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, ...

25. 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 Live Free or Die Hard (2007).

27. Jesper Kyd

Composer | Tumbbad

BAFTA award-winning and Billboard / MTV VMA nominated Danish composer Jesper Kyd is renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds. His original soundtracks feature an immersive blend of styles ranging from the epic symphonic and dark, hybrid...

28. 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).

29. 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.

30. 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;, ...

31. 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.

32. 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, ...

33. Yôko Kanno

Composer | Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex

Yôko Kanno was born on March 18, 1964 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. She is known for her work on Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex (2002), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001) and Wolf's Rain (2003).

34. 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 ...

35. Michael Andrews

Composer | Donnie Darko

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

36. Charlie Clouser

Composer | Saw

Charlie Clouser is a recording artist and composer for film and television who lives in Los Angeles.

The recipient of twelve BMI Film & TV Music awards, Charlie has also received ten platinum and gold record awards for his work as a member of the band Nine Inch Nails, and as a producer, programmer, ...

37. Trent Reznor

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to ...

38. Atticus Ross

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Atticus Ross was born on January 16, 1968 in England. He is married to Claudia Sarne.

39. Cliff Martinez

Composer | Drive

Cliff Martinez was born on February 5, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a composer, known for Drive (2011), Only God Forgives (2013) and The Neon Demon (2016).

40. Junkie XL

Composer | Mad Max: Fury Road

Junkie XL was born on December 8, 1967 in Lichtenvoorde, Gelderland, Netherlands as Antonius B. Holkenborg.

41. Daft Punk

Composer | Tron

Electronical music duo whose members are Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo.

42. Jed Kurzel

Composer | Slow West

Jed Kurzel was born in 1976. He is known for his work on Slow West (2015), The Babadook (2014) and Assassin's Creed (2016).

43. 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).

44. Bear McCreary

Composer | 10 Cloverfield Lane

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 ...

45. 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 ...

46. 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).

47. 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).

48. 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.

49. 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...

50. 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: ...

51. 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).

52. 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...

53. 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 ...

54. Inon Zur

Composer | Fallout 76

EMMY award-winning and three-times BAFTA nominated composer Inon Zur is internationally renowned for his emotionally dynamic original music scores for film, television and popular video game franchises, such as the Fallout series, Dragon Age series, Disney's Fantasia, and Prince of Persia series.

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55. tomandandy

Composer | The Strangers

They are Tom Hajdu and Andy Milburn. Andy from Texas and Tom from Canada. They met at Princeton University's Graduate Music Department.

56. Trevor Morris

Composer | Olympus Has Fallen

2 Time EMMY Award winning composer Trevor Morris is a dual Citizen of Canada and Great Britain, living and working in Los Angeles. Trevor composes music for Feature Film, Television and Video Games. He is most recognized for his Television work on "The Tudors", "The Borgias" and "Vikings". As well ...

57. 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.

58. Joseph Trapanese

Composer | The Greatest Showman

Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek, ominous score work for blockbuster films like "Tron: Legacy," "Straight Outta Compton," "Oblivion," and the "Raid" series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of ...

59. 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).

60. Richard Jacques

Composer | James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Classically trained from a young age at the Royal Academy of Music in London with an extensive repertoire including orchestral, jazz and popular music genres, Richard Jacques is a multiple award-winning composer for film, television and video games. Best known for his critically acclaimed ...

61. Garry Schyman

Composer | BioShock

Garry Schyman is known for his work on BioShock (2007), BioShock Infinite (2013) and BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (2014).

65. Martin O'Donnell

Sound_department | Little Shop of Horrors

Martin O'Donnell is known for his work on Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) and Halo 3 (2007). He is married to Marcie O'Donnell. They have two children.

66. Ilan Eshkeri

Composer | Layer Cake

Ilan Eshkeri is an award winning British composer whose work uses multiple disciplines in various fields of art. Composer, songwriter, producer and conductor, Eshkeri's work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries and on film & television; his eclectic body of work is linked by his love ...

67. Lorne Balfe

Music_department | Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Lorne Balfe was born on February 23, 1976 in Inverness, Scotland. He is known for his work on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), Megamind (2010) and Inception (2010).

68. Sean Murray

Composer | Accident Man

Sean Murray is a composer, known for Accident Man (2018), Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018) and Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010).

70. Jamie Christopherson

Composer | American Wrestler: The Wizard

Whether it be writing evocative orchestral music, recording world instruments on location in exotic places or programming cutting-edge modern synths, multi-award-winning composer Jamie Christopherson has built a reputation for consistently delivering unique, fresh and unexpected scores. He ...

72. Geoff Zanelli

Composer | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Emmy Award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli is a standout in the film and television scoring industry, garnering accolades and recognition for his diverse musical voice. Zanelli has composed for directors such as Gore Verbinski and Ridley Scott; writer/directors David Koepp, Peter Hedges and David ...

73. Toby Fox

Writer | Undertale

Toby Fox is a game developer and composer, most well know for his work on Undertale (2015) and for being a composer on Homestuck (2009) and Hiveswap (2017).

He was previously know as Radiation, is the founder of the Homestuck Music Contribution club and a contributor to the A Profound Waste of Time ...

74. Mark Mothersbaugh

Composer | Thor: Ragnarok

Graduate of Woodridge High School in Peninsula, Ohio.

Attended Kent State University (1970-73) in Kent, Ohio, to focus on attaining an art degree. While at Kent State Mothersbaugh met Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis, who ultimately joined him in forming the 1970-80s avant-garde band Devo.

Awarded an ...

75. Brian Tyler

Composer | Iron Man 3

Brian Tyler is known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Constantine (2005).

76. Christopher Drake

Composer | Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Christopher Drake's music empowers a diverse array of projects, transcending medium and genre. Drake has shown mastery composing across different formats with film, television and video games. Drake has collaborated many times with beloved cult filmmaker Kevin Smith, including music for Smith's ...

77. Jack Wall

Composer | Myst IV: Revelation

Jack Wall's distinguished musical career includes composing for film, television, video games and concerts as well as his early years producing and engineering albums for recording artists. Renowned for his rich, cinematic scores for popular franchises such as Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Myst, ...

78. Matthew Margeson

Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Margeson was born on June 9, 1980 in Brick, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Skyline (2010) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

80. Nathan Furst

Music_department | Punch-Drunk Love

Youngest composer to receive an Annie Award nomination for Best Original Score (Max Steel - 2001)

81. Nathan Lanier

Composer | Jem and the Holograms

Nathan Lanier is a composer for film, television, and video games. He has scored over 20 feature films, including Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Justin Bieber's Believe, Jem & The Holograms, Max Steel, High Strung and High Strung: Free Dance which will be released in 2018 and will feature new original ...

82. Audiomachine

Music_department | The Selected

84. Michael Wandmacher

Composer | Underworld: Blood Wars

Michael Wandmacher was born on October 29, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He is known for his work on Underworld: Blood Wars (2016), Bloodborne (2015) and Voice from the Stone (2017). He has been married to Leslie since December 2, 2000.

85. David Sardy

Composer | Zombieland

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sardy was active as a singer, songwriter and guitarist (most notably with his group Barkmarket), but since the mid-1990s, he has been more active as a producer, writer and/or mixer. He has worked with an eclectic mix of rock, punk, alternative, electronic and ...

86. Atli Örvarsson

Composer | The Hitman's Bodyguard

Atli Örvarsson is an Icelandic composer for film and television. He scored the award-winning feature Rams (Hrútar), winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, which featured "a wonderfully minimalist score [that] lends a mournful solemnity to the [film]" -Mark ...

87. Paul Haslinger

Composer | Rainbow Six: Siege

Paul Haslinger is an Austrian musician and composer. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Paul began his career as a member of Electronic Music pioneers Tangerine Dream. He toured with the band extensively from 1985-90 and contributed to projects such as the album "Underwater Sunlight" (1986), as well...

89. 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 ...

90. Klaus Badelt

Composer | Constantine

Composer Klaus Badelt started his musical career writing and producing music for dozens of highly successful movies and commercials in his native Germany. In 1998, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer invited him to move his musical home to Media Ventures in Santa Monica, CA. Since then, Klaus has ...

91. Trevor Rabin

Composer | Deep Blue Sea

Trevor Rabin was born in South Africa in 1954. He began playing guitar at the age of 12 after having had piano lessons since he was a toddler. In 1972 he formed the band Rabbit becoming the most successful rock act ever to emerge from South Africa. Rabin left Rabbit to pursue a solo career in ...

92. Jeff Danna

Composer | The Good Dinosaur

Jeff Danna was born in 1964 in Canada. He is known for his work on The Good Dinosaur (2015), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004).

93. Graeme Revell

Composer | The Saint

Graeme Revell was born in New Zealand in 1955. He was graduated from The University of Auckland with degrees in economics and politics. He is a classically trained pianist and French horn player. Revell worked for as a regional planner in Australia and Indonesia and as an orderly in an Australian ...



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