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Hans Zimmer
September 12, 1957 

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Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer is currently experiencing the most prolific time in his distinguished career. In 1994, Zimmer wrote the score for the phenomenally successful film The Lion King, Disney's highest grossing animated film of all time. For his work on The Lion King, Zimmer received an Academy Award, the Golden Globe for Best Original Score and the Chicago Film Critics Award for Best Original Score as well as 2 Grammys and the American Music Award for Best Album of the Year. His music is also currently winning rave reviews in the new Broadway production of The Lion King, directed by Julie Taymor.
Zimmer also received Academy Award nominations for his scores for Rain Man (1989), The Preacher's Wife (1996), the hit romantic comedy As Good As It Gets (1997), a Grammy for Crimson Tide (1995) and most recently, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his score on the DreamWorks animated film, The Prince Of Egypt, and his sixth Oscar nomination for The Thin Red Line (a double nominee in the 1998-99 Oscars).
German born, Zimmer is a pioneer in the use of digital synthesizers, advanced computer technology, electronic keyboards and their successful integration with the traditional orchestra in music for film and television.
Zimmer began his career as a composer writing jingles and teamed up with Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes as the The Buggles to produce the worldwide hit, "Video Killed the Radio Star" and subsequent album The Age of Plastic.
Once meeting and working with the film composer Stanley Myers, Zimmer began to realize the importance of incorporating the two music forms, electronic and classical. The two set up the "Lillie Yard Studio" in London which has the very latest state of the art music technology. They worked very successfully on Jerzy Skolimovski's Moonlighting, The Lightship, Nicholas Roeg's Insignificance and The Castaway. They went on to compose the box office hit My Beautiful Laundrette which won Best Picture Evening Standard Awards.
In 1986, Zimmer worked solo on the film Vardo and with Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Byrne to produce the soundtrack for the award winning epic The Last Emperor. He then wrote scores for Philip Saville's Wonderland, and Paperhouse for director Bernard Rose. Then for Vestron, he composed the music for the Faye Dunaway, Klaus Maria Brandauer feature Burning Secret.  

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