Hans ZimmerUnknown Born 12 Sep 1957
The film composer Hans Florian Zimmer began his career writing advertising jingles in London. An experimenter with electronic sounds and synthesisers, he was a member of the pop group The Buggles for a time, releasing the classic single Video Killed the Radio Star and an album The Age of Plastic in the late 70s. In the 80s Zimmer toured Europe with groups including Krisma and Ultravox, but a meeting with the film composer Stanley Myers inspired him to fuse electronic and classical forms in music for film. Together they set up a studio in London which produced the music for Moonlighting and My Beautiful Launderette (1985), among others.
Zimmer's music came to Hollywood's attention through the score for a low-budget film about South Africa, A World Apart (1988), and he was invited to write the score for Rain Man (1988), for which he was nominated for an Oscar. Driving Miss Daisy followed the next year, and since then Zimmer has worked steadily on scores for films including Thelma and Louise (1991), The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), and The Rock (1996) and The Gladiator (2000).
The distinguishing feature of Zimmer's music is his combination of massive synthesiser banks with an orchestra. They get together to blast out powerful noise, or to convey quiet emotionality, with equal versatility.