List: Composers

by WhiteFire404 | created - 01 Dec 2018 | updated - 01 Dec 2018 | Public

1. John Williams

Composer | Star Wars

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

2. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

3. 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 ...

4. Bernard Herrmann

Soundtrack | Taxi Driver

The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and ...

5. Jerry Goldsmith

Music_department | Star Trek: Insurrection

Born on February 10, 1929, Jerry Goldsmith studied piano with Jakob Gimpel and composition, theory, and counterpoint with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He also attended classes in film composition given by Miklós Rózsa at the Univeristy of Southern California. In 1950, he was employed as a clerk ...

6. John Barry

Music_department | Dances with Wolves

John Barry was born in York, England in 1933, and was the youngest of three children. His father, Jack, owned several local cinemas and by the age of fourteen, Barry was capable of running the projection box on his own - in particular, The Rialto in York. As he was brought up in a cinematic ...

7. Monty Norman

Soundtrack | From Russia with Love

Monty Norman was born on April 4, 1928 in London, England as Monty Noserovitch.

8. James Horner

Music_department | Avatar

James Horner began studying piano at the age of five, and trained at the Royal College of Music in London, England, before moving to California in the 1970s. After receiving a bachelor's degree in music at USC, he would go on to earn his master's degree at UCLA and teach music theory there. He ...

9. Alan Silvestri

Composer | The Polar Express

In his ongoing, decades-long career as a composer, Alan Silvestri has blazed an innovative trail with his exciting and melodic scores, winning the applause of Hollywood and movie audiences the world over. With a credit list of over 100 films Silvestri has composed some of the most recognizable and ...

10. Danny Elfman

Music_department | The Nightmare Before Christmas

As Danny Elfman was growing up in the Los Angeles area, he was largely unaware of his talent for composing. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Danny and his older brother Richard Elfman started a musical troupe while in Paris; the group "Mystic Knights of Oingo-Boingo" was created for Richard's ...

11. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

12. 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 ...

13. David Arnold

Soundtrack | Casino Royale

David Arnold was born on January 23, 1962 in Luton, England. He is known for his work on Casino Royale (2006), Independence Day (1996) and Godzilla (1998). He has been married to Ellie Pole since June 8, 1996. They have three children.

14. Thomas Newman

Music_department | Skyfall

Thomas Newman is an American film score composer. He was born in Los Angeles. His father was notable film score composer Alfred Newman (1900-1970). The Newman family is of Russian-Jewish descent, and includes several other well-known musicians. Thomas' mother Martha Louis Montgomery (1920-2005) ...

15. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...

16. James Newton Howard

Composer | King Kong

James Newton Howard attended the University of Southern California's music school, but dropped out to tour with Elton John, and eventually compose music for film and television. He started with Head Office (1985) in 1985. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. He currently is a songwriter, ...

17. Alexandre Desplat

Composer | The King's Speech

Composer and conductor Alexandre Desplat, Oscar winner and seven-time Academy Award nominated, for his prolific filmography and his collaborations with Stephen Frears, Terrence Malick, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Roman Polanski, George Clooney or Matteo Garrone is one ...

18. Carter Burwell

Music_department | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Carter Burwell was born on November 18, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Carter Benedict Burwell. He is known for his work on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Carol (2015) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011). He has been married to Christine Sciulli since ...

19. Éric Serra

Music_department | GoldenEye

Eric Serra was born on September 9th, 1959 near Paris in France. His mother died when he was only 7 years old. His father, Claude Serra was a well-know songwriter in France in late 50s and 60s. Serra began to learn play the guitar at 11 years old and became a professional musician for Mory Kante;, ...

20. Don Davis

Composer | The Matrix Reloaded

Don Davis was born on February 4, 1957 in Anaheim, California, USA as Donald Romain Davis. He is known for his work on The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix (1999) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003). He has been married to Megan Jeanne MacDonald since May 25, 1986.

21. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer | Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

22. John Murphy

Composer | Sunshine

John Murphy is a British film composer from Liverpool. He began composing music scores for films in the early 1990s, working on several successful British movies, enjoying particular success with the soundtracks to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch (2000).

Since 2000, Murphy has ...

23. Clint Mansell

Composer | Black Swan

Clint Mansell was born on January 7, 1963 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is a composer, known for Black Swan (2010), The Fountain (2006) and Moon (2009).

24. Cliff Martinez

Composer | Only God Forgives

Cliff Martinez was born on February 5, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He is a composer, known for Only God Forgives (2013), Drive (2011) and The Neon Demon (2016).

25. Trent Reznor

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Trent Reznor is an American songwriter/musician/producer and sole member of multi-platinum act Nine Inch Nails, and now an Academy Award winning film composer. He began creating music as a child in Western Pennsylvania, first on piano and then taking up other instruments. He eventually moved to ...

26. Atticus Ross

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Atticus Ross was born on January 16, 1968 in England. He is married to Claudia Sarne.

27. Mica Levi

Composer | Under the Skin

Mica Levi (also known as "Micachu") was born outside of London to a record collector and professional Cellist in a household where music was not just a hobby, but a starting point for everything. Mica was playing violin as soon as she was old enough to hold one. She was classically trained at the ...

28. Craig Armstrong

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Craig Armstrong, born in Glasgow, 1959. Studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1977 to 1981.

From his base in Glasgow he has written for film, classical commissions and solo recordings. He has composed for Baz Lurhmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, The Quiet...

29. Dario Marianelli

Composer | Atonement

Dario Marianelli was born in Pisa and studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he spent 3 years at the National Film and Television School, from which he graduated in 1997. Dario's film scores include '...

30. Harry Gregson-Williams

Composer | Shrek

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood's most sought-after and prolific composers whose long list of film and television credits underscore the diverse range of his talents. His latest projects include the science fiction action thriller "The Meg," directed by Jon Turteltaub, the action ...

31. Rupert Gregson-Williams

Composer | Wonder Woman

Rupert Gregson-Williams was born on February 21, 1967 in Tonbridge, Kent, England as Rupert William Gregson-Williams. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and The Crown (2016). He has been married to Emma Jacobs since 1996. They have one child.

32. Henry Jackman

Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Henry Jackman, born in Hillingdon, Middlesex, UK, began composing his first symphony at age six, and was an accomplished composer by age nine. He went on to study classical music at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School, Eton College, Framlingham College and Oxford University. As a teenager, he became ...

33. John Ottman

Composer | Valkyrie

John Ottman holds dual distinctions as a leading film composer and an award winning film editor. Ottman has often completed both monumental tasks on the same films. Such remarkable double duties have included The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, and Jack the Giant Killer. He has...

34. Steve Jablonsky

Composer | Transformers

Steve Jablonsky was born on October 9, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Transformers (2007), Desperate Housewives (2004) and Deepwater Horizon (2016).

35. Ramin Djawadi

Composer | Game of Thrones

Ramin Djawadi was born on July 19, 1974 in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is a composer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Iron Man (2008) and Westworld (2016). He is married to Jennifer Hawks. They have two children.

36. Marco Beltrami

Composer | I, Robot

Marco Beltrami was born on October 7, 1966 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on I, Robot (2004), World War Z (2013) and Knowing (2009).

37. Michael Giacchino

Composer | Star Trek

Michael Giacchino is an American composer of music for films, television and video games.

Giacchino composed the scores to the television series Lost, Alias and Fringe, the video game series Medal of Honor and Call of Duty and many films such as The Incredibles (2004), Star Trek (2009), Up (2009), ...

38. Patrick Doyle

Composer | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer.

His first film score, the acclaimed adaptation of "Henry V" with Kenneth Branagh for Renaissance films was scored in 1989. He has subsequently worked with Kenneth Branagh, a long time collaborator on numerous pictures including "Dead Again", "Much Ado...

39. John Powell

Composer | Solo: A Star Wars Story

John Powell was born on September 18, 1963 in London, England. He is a composer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Rio (2011). He was previously married to Melinda Lerner.

41. Lorne Balfe

Music_department | Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Lorne Balfe was born on February 23, 1976 in Inverness, Scotland. He is known for his work on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Dark Knight (2008) and Megamind (2010).

42. Junkie XL

Soundtrack | Mad Max: Fury Road

Junkie XL was born on December 8, 1967 in Lichtenvoorde, Gelderland, Netherlands as Antonius B. Holkenborg.

43. Joe Kraemer

Composer | Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Joe Kraemer has been scoring films since the age of 15, when he composed the soundtrack for his high school classmate's The Chiming Hour, a feature-length indie shot on Super 8 in 1986. This lead to three career-defining projects for Kraemer: The Way of the Gun, Jack Reacher, and Mission: ...

44. Jed Kurzel

Composer | Slow West

Jed Kurzel was born in 1976. He is known for his work on Slow West (2015), The Babadook (2014) and Overlord (2018).

45. Jesper Kyd

Composer | Borderlands 3

BAFTA award-winning and Billboard / MTV VMA nominated Danish composer Jesper Kyd is renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds. His original soundtracks feature an immersive blend of styles ranging from the epic symphonic and dark, hybrid...

46. Martin O'Donnell

Sound_department | Little Shop of Horrors

Martin O'Donnell is known for his work on Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Halo: Combat Evolved (2001) and Halo: Reach (2010). He is married to Marcie O'Donnell. They have two children.

47. Jack Wall

Composer | Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Jack Wall is an ASCAP award-winning and BAFTA nominated composer best known for his rich, cinematic scores found within popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, III, & IV, Mass Effect I & II, the Myst series, Jade Empire and several other franchises winning multiple awards ...

48. Tom Salta

Composer | Killer Instinct

Tom Salta is known for his work on Killer Instinct (2013), Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (2005) and Cold Fear (2005).

50. Akira Yamaoka

Composer | Silent Hill: Revelation

Akira Yamaoka was born in 1968, February the 6th in Tokyo, Japan. When he started college, he studied product design and interior. He studied that because he got influenced by European artist.

His first project for Konami (in 1993) was Sparkster for Nintendo's Super Famicom.

He has done all the music...

52. Daft Punk

Composer | Tron

In April 2013 Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" became the most-played song in any single day on Spotify.

53. M83

Soundtrack | Oblivion

54. Blitz//Berlin

Composer | 2036: Nexus Dawn

Blitz//Berlin is a group of three Canadian composers based in Los Angeles, California. The trio is best known for the films "Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn" and "The Void", as well as numerous independent films and film trailers. Members Martin Macphail, Tristan Tarr, and Dean Rode performed ...

55. Mastodon

Composer | Jonah Hex

Mastodon formed in Atlanta, Georgia in the late 90's by the fusion of two errant duos. Guitarist\vocalist Brent Hinds and bassist\vocalist Troy Sanders one one side, and drummer [Brann Dailor] and guitarist Bill Kelliher (former members of Lethargy and Today Is The Day) on the other. Mastodon ...

56. Nightwish

Soundtrack | Alone in the Dark

Pictured on one of six Finnish postage stamps celebrating Finnish Rock Bands, issued 11 September 2015. Price on day of issue was 1.10 Euros.

57. Avenged Sevenfold

Soundtrack | Big Momma's House 2

Avenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach , California, formed in 1999.

58. tomandandy

Composer | The Mothman Prophecies

They are Tom Hajdu and Andy Milburn. Andy from Texas and Tom from Canada. They met at Princeton University's Graduate Music Department.

59. Audiomachine

Music_department | The Selected

61. Klayton

Composer | Killer Instinct

Klayton, the multifaceted producer behind Celldweller, not only creates artist albums that have garnered an intense cult following, but is well known in the media industry for his music appearing in hundreds of major Film / TV & Video Games.

When not creating music as Celldweller, Circle of Dust, or...

62. Joseph Trapanese

Composer | Lady and the Tramp

Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like "Tron: Legacy," "Straight Outta Compton," "The Greatest Showman," "Oblivion" and the "Raid" series. As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with...

63. Ludwig Göransson

Composer | Black Panther

Ludwig Göransson was born on September 1, 1984 in Linköping, Östergötlands län, Sweden. He is a composer, known for Black Panther (2018), Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018).

64. Steven Price

Composer | Gravity

Steven Price is an Academy Award-winning composer. In 2014 his groundbreaking score for Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity won him not only the Academy Award but also the BAFTA, the Critics' Choice Award, the Satellite Award, and ASCAP's first-ever Film Composer of The Year Award. He has since scored Fury, ...

65. Benjamin Wallfisch

Composer | Blade Runner 2049

Composer of David F. Sandberg's SHAZAM!, Andy Muschietti's IT, and co-composer of Denis Villeneuve's BLADE RUNNER: 2049 (with Hans Zimmer), Benjamin Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and received Golden Globe, BAFTA, 2x GRAMMY and EMMY nominations. He is currently scoring IT: CHAPTER ...

66. Christophe Beck

Composer | Frozen

Christophe Beck was born in 1972 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as Jean-Christophe Beck. He is known for his work on Frozen (2013), Ant-Man (2015) and Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).

67. Brian Tyler

Composer | Iron Man Three

Brian Tyler is known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Eagle Eye (2008).

68. Matthew Margeson

Composer | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Matthew Margeson was born on June 9, 1980 in Brick, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Rocketman (2019) and Skyline (2010).

69. Christopher Young

Composer | Sinister

Composer Christopher Young was born on April 28, 1957 in Red Bank, New Jersey. After graduating from Hampshire College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, Young went on to pursue his post-graduate studies at North Texas State University. Christopher moved to Los Angeles, ...

70. Ilan Eshkeri

Composer | Layer Cake

Ilan Eshkeri is an award winning British composer whose work uses multiple disciplines in various fields of art. Composer, songwriter, producer and conductor, Eshkeri's work is performed in concert halls, theatres, galleries and on film & television; his eclectic body of work is linked by his love ...

71. Sarah Schachner

Music_department | Iron Man Three

Combining her dynamic talents as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and modular synth artist/programmer, International Film Music Critics Award nominated composer Sarah Schachner has developed a reputation as a bold new force in film and video game scoring for blockbuster titles such as ...

72. Tyler Bates

Composer | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It's anything but typical for the realms of film or music... Tyler Bates regularly transitions from scoring some of the world's biggest film and television franchises, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and John Wick, to rocking massive audiences with Marilyn Manson and back to the studio again ...

73. Trevor Morris

Composer | Hunter Killer

2 Time EMMY Award winning composer Trevor Morris is a dual Citizen of Canada and Great Britain, living and working in Los Angeles. Trevor composes music for Feature Film, Television and Video Games. He is most recognized for his Television work on "The Tudors", "The Borgias" and "Vikings". As well ...

74. John Paesano

Composer | The Maze Runner

John Paesano is an Emmy-nominated composer, producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. John studied classical music with Professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris, and continued his studies at Berklee College of Music where he focused on composition...

76. Sean Callery

Composer | 24

Sean Callery was born in 1964 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He is a composer, known for 24 (2001), Star Trek: Generations (1994) and Bones (2005).

77. Bear McCreary

Composer | Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Bear McCreary is a degreed graduate of the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music (in 'Composition and Recording Arts'). Bear McCreary was one of a small and select group of proteges of the late, many-honored film composer Elmer Bernstein. Although he is now firmly in the mainstream of film ...

78. Atli Örvarsson

Composer | The Hitman's Bodyguard

Atli Örvarsson is an Icelandic composer for film and television. He scored the award-winning feature Rams (Hrútar), winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, which featured "a wonderfully minimalist score [that] lends a mournful solemnity to the [film]" -Mark ...

79. Christopher Drake

Composer | Creepshow

Christopher Drake's music empowers a diverse array of projects, transcending medium and genre. Drake has shown mastery composing across different formats with film, television and video games. Drake has collaborated many times with beloved cult filmmaker Kevin Smith, including music for Smith's ...

80. David Julyan

Composer | The Cabin in the Woods

David Julyan is known for his work on The Cabin in the Woods (2011), The Prestige (2006) and Insomnia (2002).

81. Geoff Zanelli

Composer | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Emmy Award-winning composer Geoff Zanelli is a standout in the film and television scoring industry, garnering accolades and recognition for his diverse musical voice. Zanelli has composed for directors such as Gore Verbinski and Ridley Scott; writer/directors David Koepp, Peter Hedges and David ...

82. Inon Zur

Composer | Fallout 76

Emmy award-winner and three-time British Academy nominated composer Inon Zur is internationally renowned for his emotionally dynamic original music scores for film, television and video game franchises, including the Fallout series, Dragon Age series, and Prince of Persia series.

Recognized ...

83. Amon Tobin

Soundtrack | The Italian Job

Amon Tobin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Amon Adonai Santos De Araujo Tobin.

84. Borislav Slavov

Composer | Ryse: Son of Rome

Borislav Slavov was born on July 17, 1973 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also known as Bobby Slavov. The works he is known for are Crysis 2 (2011), Crysis 3(2013) as Composer and Music Director, Ryse: Son of Rome (2013), Two Worlds II (2010). His music career starts in 2001, when he gets his first ...

85. Michael Nielsen

Soundtrack | Expendable

Michael Nielsen was born as Michael Frank Nielsen. He is known for his work on Expendable (2008), Followed (2010) and Generation P (2011).

89. Kenji Kawai

Composer | Yip Man

Kenji Kawai was born on April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. He is a composer, known for Ip Man (2008), Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004).

90. Richard Jacques

Composer | James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Classically trained from a young age at the Royal Academy of Music in London with an extensive repertoire including orchestral, jazz and popular music genres, Richard Jacques is a multiple award-winning composer for film, television and video games. Best known for his critically acclaimed ...

91. Toby Fox

Writer | Undertale

Toby Fox is a game developer and composer, most well know for his work on Undertale (2015) and for being a composer on Homestuck (2009) and Hiveswap (2017).

He was previously know as Radiation, is the founder of the Homestuck Music Contribution club and a contributor to the A Profound Waste of Time ...

94. Alexander Brandon

Actor | Deus Ex

Alexander Brandon has been working in the game industry for over fifteen years, starting with Epic Games in 1994. He has written music for games such as Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex, Gauntlet: Seven Sorrows, and Alpha Protocol, and built several audio departments, including studios for Ion ...

97. Jamie Christopherson

Composer | American Wrestler: The Wizard

Whether it be writing evocative orchestral music, recording world instruments on location in exotic places or programming cutting-edge modern synths, multi-award-winning composer Jamie Christopherson has built a reputation for consistently delivering unique, fresh and unexpected scores. He ...

98. Neil Davidge

Soundtrack | Gomorra

Neil Davidge is a composer, known for Gomorrah (2008), Push (2009) and Moulin Rouge! (2001).

99. Garry Schyman

Composer | BioShock

Garry Schyman is known for his work on BioShock (2007), BioShock Infinite (2013) and BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (2014).

100. David M Saunders

Music_department | The I-Land

David M Saunders is a British composer for motion picture, based in Los Angeles.

A multi-instrumentalist and producer who trained at the Academy of Contemporary Music, he moved into scoring film and television in 2009.

A member of BAFTA Los Angeles, his notable recent projects include 'Gun Shy' ...



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