Favourite Film Composers

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A selection of interesting composers including both well-known and not-so-well-known ones.

1. Andrew Lockington

Composer | San Andreas

Andrew Lockington is best known for his epic score to the Warner Bros/Newline Blockbuster San Andreas, contributing to the film grossing close to $475 million worldwide. Andrew's other credits include the Golden Globe nominated Frankie and Alice starring Halle Berry, Fox 2000's Percy Jackson: Sea ...

2. Ben Bartlett

Composer | Walking with Dinosaurs

Ben Bartlett's scores have been heard on innumerable award-winning TV and Film productions.

Recently Ben Bartlett scored the 10-part Sky One Lucky Man 2, ITV's 6-part The Loch, season 7 of Vera as well as 3-part ITV Trials of Jimmy Rose starring Ray Winston.

His musical output has ranged from the ...

3. Nuno Malo

Composer | The Celestine Prophecy

Won Breakout Composer of The Year 2010 by the International Film Music Critics Association.

4. Pinar Toprak

Composer | Captain Marvel

Pinar Toprak was born in 1980 in Istanbul, Turkey as Pinar Ozlem Toprak. She is known for her work on Captain Marvel (2019), Fortnite (2017) and Krypton (2018). She was previously married to Thanos Kazakos.

5. 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.

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) ...

8. Maurice Jarre

Composer | Lawrence of Arabia

Unlike many musicians who started to learn music while still in their childhood, Maurice Jarre was already late in his teens when he discovered music and decided to make a career in that field. Against his father's will, he enrolled at Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussions, ...

9. Silvestre Revueltas

Soundtrack | Sin City

Silvestre Revueltas was born on December 31, 1899 in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico as Silvestre Revueltas Sanchez. He was a composer, known for Sin City (2005), The Black Beast (1939) and Mala yerba (1940). He was married to Ángela Acevedo and Jule Klarecy. He died on October 5, 1940 in ...

10. Basil Poledouris

Composer | RoboCop

Basil Poledouris was born on August 21, 1945 in Kansas City. He started taking piano lessons when he was 7 years old. Eventually, he went on to become a student at USC, where he studied the arts of directing, cinematography, editing, sound and, of course, music. It was also at USC he met John Milius...

11. George Antheil

Composer | In a Lonely Place

Composer and pianist, educated at the Curtis Music Settlement School. He studied with Constantin von Sternberg, Ernest Bloch and Clark Smith under a Guggenheim Fellowship. In Europe, he gave piano recitals between 1921-1926. He wrote incidental music to the play "Oedipus". Besides his film music, ...

12. 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 ...

13. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

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 ...

14. Dominik Scherrer

Composer | Hell for Leather

Dominik Scherrer was born in 1967 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is known for his work on Hell for Leather (1998), Ripper Street (2012) and Primeval (2007).

15. Jack Wall

Composer | Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

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, ...

16. Florian Appl

Composer | Global Player - Wo wir sind isch vorne

Florian Appl was born in 1962 in Munich, West Germany. He is a composer and actor, known for Global Player - Wo wir sind isch vorne (2013), One Day in Europe (2005) and Tatort (1970).

17. 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.

18. Hummie Mann

Composer | Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Two-time Emmy-award winning composer/arranger Hummie Mann has collaborated with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" to Peter Yates' "Year of the Comet", the ...

19. 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 ...

20. 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, ...

21. 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 '...

22. Dmitri Shostakovich

Soundtrack | Children of Men

Dmitri Shostakovich, one of Russian culture's most acclaimed intellectuals who was censored under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, was an internationally recognized composer whose music was in over 100 films.

He was born Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich on September 25, 1906, in St. Petersburg, ...

23. Nathan Barr

Composer | Cabin Fever

Nathan Barr is a unique breed of composer. In addition to writing his scores, he also performs all of the instruments heard in many of his compositions. Skilled in many styles and genres, ranging from orchestral to rock, Barr is known for his collection and inclusion of rare and unusual instruments...

24. Nick Glennie-Smith

Music_department | The Rock

Nick Glennie-Smith was born on October 3, 1951 in London, England as Nicholas Hugh Glennie-Smith. He is known for his work on The Rock (1996), We Were Soldiers (2002) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). He is married to Jan Glennie-Smith. They have four children.

25. Trevor Jones

Composer | Cliffhanger

As a child in Cape Town, Trevor Jones lived opposite the Gem Cinema. The theater was so old and worn out that there was often a loss of the soundtrack, which caused him to realize its power. The fact that everyone in his family worked in film or the theater made it easy to get support in his career...

26. Reinhold Heil

Music_department | Cloud Atlas

Reinhold Heil is a German-born, L.A.-based Golden Globe nominated film and television composer. Prior to Reinhold's career as a film composer, he was known throughout Europe for his monster synth chops. At 21, he became a fixture in the Berlin music scene as the keyboardist of a popular jazz funk ...

27. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one...

28. Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Composer | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. A child prodigy, he accompanied his father in playing four-handed piano arrangements by the age of five. By the age of eleven he drew his first plaudits from enthusiastic Viennese audiences (including the emperor Franz Josef) with ...

29. 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...



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