Hans Zimmer was born in Germany in 1957, and lived near Frankfurt throughought his early life, but moved to London in his teens. Zimmers father tragically died while he was still very young, and he has claimed that music became the main outlet for his feelings and gave him an escape.
His first involvedment with music in a formal manner came when he began playing synthesizers and keyboards in bands, most famously in his early career working with The Buggles - Zimmer is even in the video for "Video Killed the Radio Star"!
His musical approach was often sat behind a mixing desk, working with artists such as The Damned in production roles, Hans also worked producing jingles for television and such during his time in London, and perhaps took his experience doing so into his first roles producing music for film.
Zimmer composed for movies such as Going for Gold and Terminal Exposure while he was still trying to make a big name for himself, and his work on early films, though perhaps not overly high profile, saw Hans start to build a reputation for himself in the movie industry.
The acclaim that Zimmer had been met with during his composing life so far led to his big break in 1988, when he was asked to score his first real hollywood film, Rain Man. His unusual score was mainly made up of synthesis and steel drums, and was nominated for an academy award for best original music. Zimmer never looked back...
After Rain Man, Zimmer worked on films such as Driving Miss Daisy and Thelma and Louise before his hugely successful score for The Lion King. His first flirtation with animated movies saw him win an academy award, golden globe and two grammys for his efforts.
Since his career really took off in the 90s, Zimmer has won numerous awards and is probably one of the most sought after composers in the world. Some of his work includes:
- Angels and Demon
- Black Hawk Down
- A League of Their Own
- Pearl Harbour
- Rain Man
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Da Vinci Code
- The Last Samurai
- And many more...
As you can see from the above, Zimmer has composed for a huge range of movies and has a reputation for being one of the most versatile composers about. His use of electronic sounds combined with orchestra has shaped the way a lot of modern films are scored, and for this, Hans is regarded as a real influence on cinema.
At the age of 55, we're sure Zimmer has a few soundtracks left in him yet and cant wait to hear his future work.