Favourite Worldwide Composers (Non Asia/Europe/USA)

by mister_gs | created - 31 Aug 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

No ranking, just sorted First Name / Family Name. Personal favourites are Lalo Schifrin, Les Baxter and Luis Enríquez Bacalov. Thanks for checking, enjoy.

1. Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer | La montaña sagrada

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 17, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau. He worked with Maurice Chevalier there and made a short film, La cravate...

3. Aldemaro Romero

Soundtrack | La banda del fantasma negro

Aldemaro Romero was born on March 12, 1928 in Valencia, Venezuela. He is known for his work on The Black Ghost (1964), Dos gallos en palenque (1960) and Simón Bolívar (1969). He died on September 15, 2007 in Caracas, Venezuela.

4. Aleksandr Zatsepin

Composer | Ivan Vasilevich menyaet professiyu

Aleksandr Zatsepin was born on March 10, 1926 as Aleksandr Sergeyevich Zatsepin. He is a composer, known for Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973), Chastnyy detektiv, ili operatsiya 'Kooperatsiya' (1990) and The Diamond Arm (1969).

5. Alfred Schnittke

Soundtrack | The Lobster

Born in Engels, an autonomous region for ethnic Germans on the Volga river, Alfred Schnittke trained as a pianist in Vienna, Austria, where his father served as a correspondent for a Soviet newspaper. In 1953, he moved on to the Moscow Conservatory and served on its faculty from 1962 to 1972. ...

6. Antonio Carlos Jobim

Soundtrack | V for Vendetta

Antonio Carlos Jobim was born on January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim. He was married to Ana Lontra Jobim and Thereza Hermanny. He died on December 8, 1994 in New York City, New York, USA.

7. Astor Piazzolla

Soundtrack | Twelve Monkeys

Astor Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla. He is known for his work on 12 Monkeys (1995), Raw Deal (1986) and Frantic (1988). He died on July 4, 1992 in Buenos Aires.

9. Brian May

Composer | Mad Max

Brian May rates highly as one of the best film music composers in the history of Australian cinema. May's scores are distinguished by their full, rich and supremely melodic orchestration. Brian was born on July 28, 1934 in Adelaide, South Australia. He studied as a pianist, violinist and conductor ...

10. Bruno Lauzi

Soundtrack | La grande bellezza

Bruno Lauzi was born on August 8, 1937 in Asmara, Eritrea. He was married to Giovanna Coprani. He died on October 24, 2006 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy.

11. Carlos Gardel

Soundtrack | True Lies

Known as El Zorzal Criollo, the songbird of Buenos Aires, Carlos Gardel is a legendary figure in Uruguay and Argentina. He was born on December 11st, 1890, in Toulouse (France). His place of birth have been claimed by the Uruguayans and Argentinians, however, his Birth Certificate and his Will ...

12. Carlos Imperial

Actor | Mulheres... Mulheres

Carlos Imperial was born on November 24, 1935 in Cachoeiro do Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil as Carlos Eduardo Corte Imperial. He was an actor, known for Mulheres... Mulheres (1981), City of God (2002) and Delícias do Sexo (1980). He died on November 4, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de ...

13. Cuco Sánchez

Soundtrack | Teatro del crimen

Cuco Sánchez was born on May 3, 1921 in Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico as José del Refugio Sánchez Saldaña. He was an actor, known for Teatro del crimen (1957), This Was Pancho Villa (1957) and Tres muchachas de Jalisco (1964). He died on October 5, 2000 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico.

14. Daniele Amfitheatrof

Soundtrack | Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

A well-respected conductor and composer, who arrived in the US in 1937 and became a citizen in 1944. His education included studies with Wladimir Tscherbachev, Otto Respighi, and Jaroslav Krichka in the Conservatory and Pontifical Academy of Sacred Music of Vatican in Rome. He was assistant ...

15. David Llewellyn

Composer | Der Griller

David Llewellyn is an actor and composer, known for Der Griller (1968), Jet Generation - Wie Mädchen heute Männer lieben (1968) and Lenz (1971).

17. Don Burrows

Composer | Two Thousand Weeks

Don Burrows was born on August 8, 1928 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Donald Vernon Burrows. He is known for his work on Two Thousand Weeks (1969), One Man's Road (1967) and Sculpture Australia '69 (1969). He died on March 12, 2020 in Sydney.

18. Dorival Caymmi

Soundtrack | The Break-Up

Dorival Caymmi was born on April 30, 1914 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He was married to Adelaide Tostes. He died on August 16, 2008 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

19. Douglas Gamley

Music_department | TRON

Australian film composer, arranger and orchestrator, who worked mainly in Britain on low budget horror films and thrillers. He also composed stock music for the BBC during the 1950's and 60's. On the classical music scene, he wrote vocal arrangements for Dame Joan Sutherland and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa...

23. Gato Barbieri

Composer | Ultimo tango a Parigi

Gato Barbieri was born on November 28, 1932 in Rosario, Argentina as Leandro Jose Barbieri. He was married to Laura Ryndak and Michelle Barbieri. He died on April 2, 2016 in New York City, New York, USA.

24. Gennadiy Gladkov

Composer | Na boykom meste

Gennadiy Gladkov was born on February 18, 1935 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Gennadiy Igorevich Gladkov. He is a composer, known for Na boykom meste (1998), Ubit drakona (1988) and A Man from Boulevard des Capucines (1987).

25. Georges Moustaki

Soundtrack | The Bucket List

Georges Moustaki was born on May 3, 1934 in Alexandria, Egypt as Giuseppe Mustacchi. He was married to Annick Cozannec. He died on May 23, 2013 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

26. Gustavo Beytelman

Music_department | Das Autogramm

Gustavo Beytelman is known for his work on Das Autogramm (1984), Jewish Gauchos (1975) and Quebracho (1974).

27. Gustavo Santaolalla

Music_department | Brokeback Mountain

Argentine musician and leader of the now defunct bands "Arco Iris" and "Soluna", Gustavo Santaolalla was one of the references of his country's national music by the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s. During the 70s he relocated to the United States, where he formed the band Wet Picnic, ...

30. Howard Shore

Music_department | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Howard Shore is a Canadian composer, born in Toronto. He was born in a Jewish family. He started studying music when 8-years-old, and played as a member of bands by the time he was 13-years-old. He was interested in a professional career in music as a teenager. He studied music at the Berklee ...

32. Jaime Mendoza-Nava

Sound_department | Los Angeles Streetfighter

Jaime Mendoza-Nava was born on December 1, 1925, in La Paz, Bolivia, where he received his early musical training. Recognized as a child prodigy, he quickly won the admiration and respect of audiences and musicians alike with his unique compositions and orchestrations. At the young age of seven, he...

33. Jean Cousineau

Editor | L'île jaune

Jean Cousineau was born on November 6, 1937 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Jean Bernard Cousineau. He was a composer, known for L'île jaune (1975), Happy Memories (1981) and Dreamspeaker (1976). He died on April 4, 2013 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

34. Jean-Pierre Stora

Composer | Au pan coupé

Jean-Pierre Stora was born on January 1, 1933 in Algiers, Algeria. He is a composer, known for Wall Engravings (1968), Earth Light (1970) and Repeated Absences (1972).

35. Jeff Danna

Composer | Onward

Jeff Danna was born in 1964 in Canada. He is known for his work on Onward (2020), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) and Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004).

36. Jorge Ben Jor

Soundtrack | Kong: Skull Island

Jorge Ben Jor was born on March 22, 1942 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Jorge Duílio Lima Menezes.

38. José Solá

Composer | Fuego

José Solá was born on August 18, 1930 in Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Josep Solà i Sànchez. He is known for his work on Pyro... The Thing Without a Face (1964), El caifan del barrio (1986) and Los tarantos (1963).

39. Juan García Esquivel

Soundtrack | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Juan García Esquivel was born on January 20, 1918 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was a composer, known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Out of Sight (1998). He was married to Carin Osorio. He died on January 3, 2002 in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

41. Lalo Schifrin

Music_department | Rush Hour

Immensely talented, Argentinian born pianist, conductor and composer who has written over 100 scores for both television & the cinema including the memorable themes to Mission: Impossible (1966), Mannix (1967), Starsky and Hutch (1975), Cool Hand Luke (1967), and Bullitt (1968). Schifrin has ...

42. Lee Holdridge

Composer | Old Gringo

Lee Holdridge was born on March 3, 1944 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti as Lee Elwood Holdridge. He is known for his work on Old Gringo (1989), Splash (1984) and The Mists of Avalon (2001).

43. Les Baxter

Soundtrack | Hitman: Agent 47

Born March 14, 1922, at Mexia, Texas. He learned to play the piano at five years of age and studied at the Detroit Conservatory and at Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California (his uncle was the college's first president). He began his career as a concert pianist but later joined Mel Tormé's "...

44. Luis Bacalov

Composer | Il postino

Luis Bacalov was born on August 30, 1933 in San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Luis Enríquez Bacalov. He was a composer, known for Il Postino (1994), Django Unchained (2012) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). He died on November 15, 2017 in Rome, Italy.

45. Luis Hernández Bretón

Composer | Asesinos, S.A.

Luis Hernández Bretón is known for his work on Asesinos, S.A. (1957), Santo vs. the Head Hunters (1971) and ¡Yo sabia demasiado! (1960).

46. Manu Dibango

Soundtrack | Ride Along

Manu Dibango was born on December 12, 1933 in Douala, Cameroon as Emmanuel Dibango N'Djocke. He died on March 24, 2020 in Ile de France, France.

47. Martial Solal

Soundtrack | The Dreamers

Martial Solal was born on August 23, 1927 in Algiers, Alger, France. He is a composer, known for The Dreamers (2003), Breathless (1960) and The Trial (1962).

48. Michael Hankinson

Soundtrack | While She Was Out

'The Astronauts', the library cue used in 'War Games', a Season One episode of Space 1999, was originally recorded for an earlier South African film production. It was recorded at RPM Studios in Johannesburg with a 65 piece orchestra. Some of Michael Hankinson's work was liked by Teddy Holmes, the ...

49. Philippe-Gérard

Soundtrack | Match Point

Philippe-Gérard was born on September 8, 1924 in São Paulo, Brazil as Philippe Bloch. He was a composer, known for Match Point (2005), La Vie En Rose (2007) and Rififi (1955). He was married to Marie Wencel and Andrée Messager. He died on May 18, 2014 in Paris, France.

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50. Mikael Tariverdiev

Composer | Russkiy regtaym

Mikael Tariverdiev was born on August 15, 1931 in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR as Mikael Leonovich Tariverdiyev. He was a composer, known for Russkiy regtaym (1994), Letnie lyudi (1995) and Zagadka Endkhauza (1990). He died on June 24, 1996 in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

51. Mychael Danna

Composer | Life of Pi

Mychael Danna is an Oscar and and Emmy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. His highly awarded works include the Oscar-winning score for Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012), and his many Genie Award-winning scores ...

52. Mulatu Astatke

Soundtrack | Broken Flowers

Mulatu Astatke was born in 1943 in Jimma, Ethiopia.

53. Neil Young

Composer | Dead Man

Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has ...

55. Osvaldo Montes

Composer | Cenizas del paraíso

Osvaldo Montes was born on March 21, 1952 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is known for his work on Ashes of Paradise (1997), The Dark Side of the Heart (1992) and Tamara (2016).

56. Paul Baillargeon

Composer | Enterprise

Paul Baillargeon was born in 1943 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is a composer, known for Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).

57. Percy Faith and His Orchestra

Soundtrack | Con Air

Members have included Percy Faith, Dick Hyman (piano).

59. Remi Kabaka

Composer | A Deusa Negra

Remi Kabaka is a composer, known for A Deusa Negra (1979), Beware of Mr. Baker (2012) and Sounds' 71 (1971).

60. Remo Usai

Composer | Femmine in fuga

Remo Usai was born on May 13, 1928 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Antônio Remo Usai. He is known for his work on Women in Fury (1984), Carnaval Barra Limpa (1967) and Os Três Mosqueteiros Trapalhões (1980).

61. Robert Farnon

Soundtrack | The Man Who Fell to Earth

Robert Farnon was born on July 24, 1917 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Robert Joseph Farnon. He is known for his work on The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), Bear Island (1979) and The Truth About Spring (1965). He was married to Patricia Smith. He died on April 23, 2005 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, ...

62. Roberto Menescal

Composer | Joanna Francesa

Roberto Menescal was born on October 25, 1937 in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil. He is a composer, known for Joanna Francesa (1973), Between Your Legs (1999) and Four Days in September (1997).

63. Rodriguez

Soundtrack | Searching for Sugar Man

Rodriguez was born on July 10, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

64. Ron Collier

Composer | Face-Off

Ron Collier was born on July 3, 1930 as Ronald William Collier. He was a composer, known for Winter Comes Early (1971), Paperback Hero (1973) and A Fan's Notes (1972). He died on October 22, 2003 in Toronto, Canada.

65. Sven Libaek

Soundtrack | The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Sven Libaek was born on September 20, 1938 in Norway. He is known for his work on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Saving Silverman (2001) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982).

66. Vinicius de Moraes

Soundtrack | V for Vendetta

Vinicius de Moraes was born on October 19, 1913 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Marcus Vinicius da Cruz de Mello Moraes. He was a composer, known for V for Vendetta (2005), The Nice Guys (2016) and Sneakers (1992). He was married to Gilda Quirós Mattoso, Marta Ibáñez, Gessi Gesse, ...

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