Hans Zimmer, born September 12, 1957 in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the most prolific film composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
After relocating to London, he entered the world of film music during a long collaboration with famed composer and mentor Stanley Myers. He soon began work on several successful solo projects‚ and pioneered the use of combining old and new musical technologies. Today‚ this work has earned him the reputation of being the father of integrating the electronic musical world with traditional orchestral arrangements.
Since 1980, he has composed music for over 150 films, including, The Lion King, The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, The Dark Knight, Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma & Louise, A League of Their Own, Days of Thunder, As Good as it Gets‚ The Preachers Wife‚ and The Prince of Egypt, among so many others.
For The Lion King, in 1994: Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score, Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement with accompanying vocals, and Golden Globe for Best Original Score-Motion Picture.
For The Lion King, in 1995: Tony Award for Best Original Score for Broadway
For Crimson Tide, in 1996: Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition written for a Motion Picture or for Television
BMI Award for lifetime achievement in 1996
For As Good as it Gets, in 1998: Glaubber Award for Best Original Score-Comedy
For The Thin Red Line, in 1999: Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Score.
At the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival‚ Hans Zimmer performed live for the first time in concert with a 100-piece orchestra and a 100-piece choir. Choosing selections from his impressive body of work‚ he performed newly orchestrated concert versions of Gladiator‚ Mission Impossible 2‚ Rain Man‚ The Lion King‚ and The Thin Red Line. The concert album was entitled The Wings of a Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer.