About Hans Zimmer
If you’re a blockbuster movie aficionado, then you have most likely heard Hans Zimmer’s music. The composer has been soundtracking Hollywood’s biggest hits for decades, racking up Golden Globes, Grammys, and Oscar®s along the way.
Zimmer was born in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1957 and moved to London as a young adult, putting his piano lessons to good use by immersing himself in the city's nascent synth scene. People have been humming along to his work since his collaboration with The Buggles on their 1980 hit, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” After stints making avant-garde pop and producing an album for The Damned, the largely self-taught Zimmer teamed up with composer Stanley Myers to start scoring films, including 1985’s My Beautiful Laundrette. Soon he was crafting a score with David Byrne for the 1987 film The Last Emperor, which led to his first Oscar®, before flying solo for the apartheid drama A World Apart. Zimmer’s ability to create textures out of notes, blending orchestras, synths, folk, and choral music made him a go-to for directors in all genres. A shockingly prolific composer, Zimmer’s score credits are attached to some of the biggest movies of the last four decades: Rain Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Thelma & Louise, The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Hidden Figures. Zimmer made scores so cool that they couldn’t be contained by the silver screen. So in 2017, he went on tour with a full orchestra, demonstrating that any setting can be cinematic with the right score.
BORNSeptember 12, 1957