My top-10 music composers

by Zorlach | created - 25 Jan 2011 | updated - 11 Sep 2011 | Public

1. 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 ...

Favourite Soundtrack: The Last Samurai

2. 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 ...

Favourite Soundtrack: Armageddon

3. James Horner

Music_department | Avatar

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 ...

Favourite Soundtrack: Braveheart

4. Brad Fiedel

Music_department | True Lies

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 ...

Favourite Soundtrack: The Terminator

5. Mark Mancina

Soundtrack | Twister

Known for his wide-ranging talents, Mark Mancina's film scores traverse almost every genre: drama, action, comedy, suspense, and period epic. His dark, edgy music for the Oscar-winning Training Day (2001), is a benchmark score that expanded the boundaries of scoring street-wise drama, and is widely...

Favourite Soundtrack: Con Air (with Trevor Rabin)

6. Thomas Bergersen

Music_department | Cloud Atlas

Born in Norway. Masters degree in Composition and Orchestration. Music composer and orchestrator in the entertainment industry. Has composed music for movies, TV shows, commercials, radio shows, and movie advertisements. Thomas is the co-founder and co-owner of "Two Steps From Hell" LLC. - A ...

Favourite Soundtrack: His work for Two Steps From Hell

7. Thomas Newman

Music_department | Skyfall

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) ...

Favourite Soundtrack: The Green Mile

8. 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 ...

Favourite Soundtrack: Lord of the Rings

9. 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, ...

Favourite Soundtrack: The Sixth Sense

10. Alexander Brandon

Actor | Deus Ex

Alexander Brandon has been working in the game industry for over fifteen years, starting with Epic Games in 1994. He has written music for games such as Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, and Alpha Protocol, and built several audio departments, including studios for Ion ...

Favourite Soundtrack: Jazz Jackrabbit 2 (VG)



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