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   Hans Zimmer
Date de naissance: 12/09/1957
Nationalité: Duits
Résidence: United States of America
Fansite: Hans-Zimmer.com

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Biographie (Biographie seulement disponible en néerlandais) (updated 2013-07-05)

In Frankfurt werd op 12 september 1957 een nieuw familielid geboren van de familie Zimmer: Hans. Momenteel één van de bekendste filmmuziek componisten van Hollywood, toen was hij nog niks. Op drie-jarige leeftijd kon hij al pianospelen, maar Zimmer hield zijn pianoles niet al te lang vol. Zimmer hield zich meer bezig met elektronische muziek, dat in die tijd nog nauwelijks kon.

Als jongeman speelde Zimmer in diverse rockbands, maar toen hij in contact kwam met Stanley Meyers hield hij zich bezig met het componeren van filmmuziek. Moonlighting (1982) was het eerste project van Zimmer en Meyers. Pas in 1987 begon Zimmer zijn solocarrière. Hij schreef de score voor de film A World Apart. Deze score was voor regisseur Barry Levinson de aanleiding om Hans Zimmer naar de VS te laten komen, waar hij de muziek voor 'Rain Man' schreef.

Met 'Rain Man' was het direct raak. Zimmer mocht naar het Oscargala! Echter was niet Zimmer, maar Dave Grusin de gelukkige. In 1994 won Zimmer zijn eerste en enige Oscar voor The Lion King. Door deze score werd Zimmer écht bekend.

Aan het einde van de jaren tachtig richtte Hans Zimmer samen met Jay Rifkin het bedrijf Mediaventures op. Dit is een bedrijf waar Zimmer en Rifkin jonge componisten wilden opleiden en vooral willen samen werken met andere componisten. (Ex)Mediaventures componisten zijn Klaus Badelt, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams en Mark Mancina. Tegenwoordig heet de muziekstudio van Hans Zimmer Remote Control Productions.

Zimmer werd genomineerd voor een Oscar voor:Rain Man, The Lion King (winnaar), The Preacher's Wife, As Good As It Gets, The Prince Of Egypt, The Thin Red Line en Gladiator.

Zimmer werd genomineerd voor een Golden Globe voor: The Lion King (winnaar), The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator (winnaar), Pearl Harbor, Spirit-Stallion of the Cimarron, The Last Samurai en Spanglish.

Zimmer werd genomineerd voor een World Soundtrack Award voor: Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, Spirit-Stallion of Cimarron, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal en ciomponist van het jaar 2002.

In 2008 zal Zimmer samen met James Newton Howard het vervolg van Batman Begins The Dark Knight scoren. Tevens tekende hij voor: Madagascar II: The Crate Escape, Frost/Nixon, Kung Fu Panda en Casi Divas.

(Biographie seulement disponible en anglais) (updated 2013-07-05)

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood’s most innovative musical talents‚ having first enjoyed success in the world of pop music as a member of The Buggles. The group’s single Video Killed the Radio Star became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to be aired on MTV.

Zimmer entered the world of film music in London during a long collaboration with famed composer and mentor Stanley Myers‚ which included the film My Beautiful Laundrette. He soon began work on several successful solo projects‚ including the critically acclaimed A World Apart and during these years Zimmer pioneered the use of combining old and new musical technologies. Today‚ this work has earned him the reputation of being the father of integrating the electronic musical world with traditional orchestral arrangements.

A turning point in Zimmer’s career came in 1988 when he was asked to score Rain Man for director Barry Levinson. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year and earned Zimmer his first Academy Award Nomination for Best Original Score. The next year‚ Zimmer composed the score for another Best Picture Oscar recipient‚ Driving Miss Daisy starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.

Having already scored two Best Picture winners‚ in the early ’90s Zimmer cemented his position as a pre-eminent talent with the award-winning score for The Lion King. The soundtrack has sold over 15 million copies to date and earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score‚ a Golden Globe‚ an American Music Award‚ a Tony and two Grammy Awards. In total‚ Zimmer’s work has been nominated for 7 Golden Globes‚ 7 Grammys and seven Oscars for “Rainman”‚ “Gladiator”‚ The Lion King ‚ “As good As It Gets”‚ “The Preachers Wife”‚ The Thin Red Line ” “The Prince Of Egypt” and “ The Last Samurai .”

With his career in full swing‚ Zimmer was anxious to replicate the mentoring experience he had benefited from under Stanley Myers’ guidance. With state-of-the-art technology and a supportive creative environment‚ Zimmer was able to offer film-scoring opportunities to young composers at his Santa Monica-based musical ’think tank.’ This approach helped launch the careers of such notable composers as Mark MancinaJohn PowellHarry Gregson-WilliamsNick Glennie-Smith and Klaus Badelt.

In 2000 Zimmer scored the music for Gladiator‚ for which he received an Oscar nomination‚ in addition to Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Awards for his epic score. It sold more than three million copies worldwide and spawned a second album “Gladiator: More Music From The Motion Picture‚” released on the Universal Classics/Decca label. Zimmer’s other scores that year included Mission: Impossible 2‚ The Road To El Dorado and An Everlasting Piece directed by Barry Levinson.

Some of his other impressive scores include Pearl Harbor The Ring‚4 films directed by Ridley Scott; Matchstick Men Hannibal‚ Black Hawk Down and Thelma & Louise Penny Marshall’s Riding In Cars With Boys and A League Of Their Own‚ Quentin Tarantino’s True Romance Tears Of The Sun‚ Ron Howard’s Backdraft‚ Days Of Thunder‚ Smilla’s Sense Of Snow and the animated Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron for which he also co-wrote four of the songs with Bryan Adams‚ including the Golden Globe nominated “Here I Am.”

At the 27th annual Flanders International Film Festival‚ Zimmer performed live for the first time in concert with a 100-piece orchestra and a 100-piece choir. Choosing selections from his impressive body of work‚ Zimmer performed newly orchestrated concert versions of Gladiator‚ Mission: Impossible 2‚ Rain Man‚ The Lion King and The Thin Red Line. The concert was recorded by Decca and released as a concert album entitled 'The Wings Of A Film: The Music Of Hans Zimmer.'

In 2003‚ Zimmer completed his 100th film score for the film The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise‚ for which he received both a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics nomination. Over the past year‚ Zimmer has scored Nancy Meyers’ comedy Something’s Gotta Give‚ the animated Dreamworks film‚ A Shark’s Tale (featuring voices of Will Smith‚ Renee Zellweger‚ Robert De Niro‚ Jack Black and Martin Scorsese)‚ and most recently‚ Jim Brooks’ Spanglish starring Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni (for which he also received a Golden Globe nomination). His upcoming projects include Paramount’s Weatherman starring Nicolas Cage‚ Dreamworks’ Madagascar and highly anticipated Warner Bros. summer release‚ Batman Begins .

Zimmer’s additional honors and awards include the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review‚ and the Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. He has also received ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement. Hans and his wife live in Los Angeles and he is the father of 4.

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