German-born musician Hans Zimmer is known as one of Hollywood's most creative musical talents. He highlighted in the music record for The Buggles single named Video Killed the Radio Star which grew a worldwide hit and served usher in a new age of global performance as the original music video to be displayed on MTV. Zimmer joined the world of movie music in London when a long collaboration with famed musician and instructor Stanley Myers, which involved the movie My Beautiful Laundrette. He quickly began work on numerous successful solo designs, covering the critically praised A World Apart, and through these ages, Zimmer explored the use of mixing old and new artistic technologies.
Today, this practice has earned him the honor of being the father of combining the electronic harmonious world with classical orchestral scores. A growing point in Zimmer's profession came in 1988 when he was requested to score Rain Man for Barry Levinson. The movie went on to gain the Oscar in the category of Best Picture of the Year and made Zimmer his first Academy Award Submission in the category of Best Original Score. The following year, Zimmer created the score for another Best Picture Oscar winner, Driving Miss Daisy, featuring
Morgan Freeman and
Jessica Tandy. Having now scored two Best Picture winners, in the 1990s, Zimmer fastened his position as a pre-raised talent with the award-gaining music for
The Lion King. The album has marketed over 15 million specimens to date and gained him a Golden Globe, an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Score, a Tony, an American Music Award, and two Grammy Awards. In result, Zimmer's performance has been nominated for 7 Grammys, 7 Golden Globes, and seven Oscars for Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator, The Preacher's Wife,
The Prince of Egypt, As Good as It Gets, The Last Samurai, and The Thin Red Line.
With his job in full swing, Zimmer was eager to replicate the mentoring knowledge he had served from under Stanley Myers' direction. With state-of-the-art and a supportive artistic environment, Zimmer was able to allow film-scoring moments to young musicians at his Santa Monica-based talented think tank. This program helped start the careers of such notable musicians as John Powell, Mark Mancina, Nick Glennie-Smith, Harry Gregson-Williams, and Klaus Badelt. Some of his other notable scores include
The Ring, Pearl Harbor, four movies directed by Matchstick Men,
Ridley Scott; Riding in Cars with Boys, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, and A League of Their Own and Thelma & Louise, Ron Howard's Backdraft, Tony Scott's True Romance, Tears of the Sun, Days of Thunder, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Smilla's Sense of Snow. At the 27th anniversary The Flanders International Film Festival, Zimmer played live for the first time in a show with a band and a 100-piece choir.
Choosing readings from his remarkable body of work, Zimmer made newly orchestrated performance versions of Rain Man, Gladiator, and Mission: Impossible II, The Thin Red Line, The Lion King. The concert was filmed by Decca and issued as a concert collection named The Wings of a Film: The Music of Hans Zimmer. Zimmer performed his 100th film music for the movie The Last Samurai, featuring Tom Cruise, for which he won both Broadcast Film Critics nomination and a Golden Globe. Zimmer added Nancy Meyers' drama Something's Gotta Give, Shark Tale and most recently, Jim Brooks' Spanglish featuring
Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni.
Zimmer's further honors and grants include the Frederick Loewe Award in 2003, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in the category Film Composition from the National Board of Review. He has also earned ASCAP's Henry Mancini Honor for Lifetime Accomplishment. Hans and his wife reside in Los Angeles and he is the dad of four kids.