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Hans Zimmer.

Hans Zimmer (born 12 September 1957) is a German film composer and music producer.

Early Life

Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. As a young child, he lived in Königstein-Falkenstein, where he played the piano at home, but had piano lessons only briefly as he disliked the discipline of formal lessons. He moved to London as a teenager, where he attended Hurtwood House school.[1]In an interview with Mashable in February 2013, he said of his parents "My mother was very musical, basically a musician, and my father was an engineer and an inventor. So, I grew up modifying the piano, shall we say, which made my mother gasp in horror, and my father would think it was fantastic when I would attach chainsaws and stuff like that to the piano because he thought it was an evolution in technology." In an interview with the German television station ZDF in 2006, he commented: "My father died when I was just a child, and I escaped somehow into the music and music has been my best friend."

Featured Discography and Awards

Academy Awards

  • 1994: The Lion King

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1995: The Lion King
  • 2001: Gladiator

Grammy Awards

  • 1995: The Lion King (Best Instrumental Arrangement With Accompanying Vocals)
  • 1995: The Lion King (Best Musical Album For Children)
  • 1996: Crimson Tide
  • 2009: The Dark Knight (shared with James Newton Howard)

Satellite Award

  • 1998: The Thin Red Line
  • 2001: Gladiator
  • 2011: Inception

Saturn Awards

  • 2009: The Dark Knight (shared with James Newton Howard)
  • 2011: Inception

Classical BRIT Awards

  • 2008: The Dark Knight (shared with James Newton Howard)
  • 2013: Best Composer of the Year (for The Dark Knight Rises and Man Of Steel)
  • 2013: Outstanding Contribution to Music in association with Raymond Weil

WAFCA Awards

  • 2011: Inception

BFCA Awards

  • 2000: Gladiator

World Soundtrack Awards

  • 2011: Inception


  • Completely self-taught, he learned everything he knows through collaboration and experimenting.
  • Last name means 'room' in German.
  • His music is heavily used in trailers.
  • Frequently works with DreamWorks Animation.


Photo Gallery

Cast and Crew
Crew Tommy Wirkola - Adam McKay - Will Ferrell - Hans Zimmer - Atli Örvarsson
Cast Alea Sophia Boudodimos - Bjørn Sundquist - Cedric Eich - Christian Rubeck - Derek Mears - Famke Janssen - Gemma Arterton - Ingrid Bolsø Berdal - Jeremy Renner - Joanna Kulig - Kathrin Kühnel - Lucy Ella von Scheele - Monique Ganderton - Peter Stormare - Pihla Viitala - Rainer Bock - Robin Atkin Downes - Thomas Mann - Thomas Scharff - Tommy Wirkola - Zoë Bell