Composer of the Week: Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer is a German-born movie composer who currently lives in the United States. Born in 1957 in Frankfurt am Main,Germany, Zimmer played the piano from an early age. He often tried to modify his piano with all sorts of attachments to make it sound different and unique (he actually attached a chainsaw to it at one point, which horrified his mother). As a late teenager and young adult he performed on keyboard for the band “The Buggles,” which released the popular single, “Video Killed the Radio Star.”In 1988, Zimmer wrote the music for a very successful movie called “Rain Man,” causing others to take notice of his work. Eventually, Zimmer moved to the United States and started writing almost exclusively for movies. In his music, he uses electronic instruments and unique sounds frequently (such as synthesizer, Asian, African and Indian instruments, etc.). Throughout the 1990’s, Zimmer’s fame grew as he composed for many popular movies.Zimmer has written over 100 film scores. Among his best known are the scores for The Lion King, Inception, Crimson tide, Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Sherlock Holmes 1 and 2, Megamind, Pearl Harbor, The Simpsons Movie (not the Simpsons theme itself), Shark Tale, Mission Impossible 2 and 3, The Rock, Muppet Treasure Island, Madagascar, Man of Steel, Interstellar, and The Lone Ranger. His most recent project is the score for Batman vs. Superman and the WWII movie, Dunkirk. He also composed the music for the TV mini-series, The Bible, and has done some of the music for the Call of Duty video game series. Hans Zimmer has won an Academy Award (the Oscar), two Golden Globe awards and four Grammy awards. He currently lives with his wife and four children in Los Angeles, CA.
Map of Frankfurt am Main, Germany