Hans Zimmer is possibly one of the most recognized names in contemporary composition, having worked on some of the most highly acclaimed movie, videogame and television franchises. Originally from Frankfurt Germany, Zimmer moved with his family to England when he was in his teens. Throughout his early life he would take inspiration from music and combine it with his father’s love of engineering and innovation. Zimmer would redesign and remodel pianos as a way of exploiting all the sounds that the instrument could possibly make, and being a pianist remains his most famous role in the orchestra, even though formal lessons were something he never did fully.
In the 1970s, Zimmer played keyboards and synthesizers in bands around Europe, and worked with The Buggles - famous for their hit “Video Killed The Radio Star”. He also had a hand in music production at this time, and produced a track for punk band the Damned. To get by in London, Zimmer composed advertisement jingles, and founded a recording studio with film score composer Stanley Myers - who wrote music for movies such as The Witches and Deer Hunter. In their studio, Zimmer and Myers experimented with electronic instruments in classical music and alongside orchestral instruments. They co-wrote scores for films together; mostly British-made independent movies such as My Beautiful Launderette. This led Zimmer on to solo composition work, and ultimately to a job in Hollywood. The score Zimmer wrote for the timeless Rain Man was an unprecedented mix of classical and synthesized music, that the composer thought conveyed the Raymond character’s sense of displacement in the real world. The score was nominated for an Academy Award. Zimmer composed scores for other critically acclaimed films such as Thelma & Louise and Driving Miss Daisy. His first Academy Award win, however, came when he composed the musical score for Disney’s The Lion King. Not only did the Oscar come his way, but a Golden Globe, two Grammys and a Tony, when Zimmer’s music was adapted for Broadway. The Lion King Broadway show is still the most successful show of all time.
Since the 1990s, Zimmer has worked on blockbuster movies such as Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, The Last Samurai, The Simpsons Movie, Interstellar and Inception as well as the Pirates of the Caribbean and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Batman series. Zimmer’s music was so popular and known amongst Batman fans that he even returned to compose the Batman vs Superman score, though stated that it would be the last superhero movie he would work on. Other notable works include the series’ Planet Earth II, The Crown and The Bible miniseries broadcast on the History Channel. He also composed music for the Academy Awards Ceremony and ABC World News. In video games, Zimmer wrote music for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - one of the most beloved action shooters of all time - and blockbuster action shooter Crysis 2 from Electronic Arts.
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Hans Zimmer Tour 2017
This year, Hans Zimmer is touring the world, taking his most beloved work with him. Zimmer will play live alongside an orchestra and choir, and the show will be like no other. With Zimmer’s back catalogue, there will be something for everyone, and plenty of recognizable pieces. The show will be in two parts; the first will cover some of Zimmer’s most famous works, and the second half will be a collection of reworked and reimagined pieces. Many of the movies previously mentioned will be covered, including The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight Trilogy. Don’t miss out on this show, as it will be one to remember for a lifetime. After returning from Europe, Zimmer’s North American shows will kick off in Dallas this July, before heading to cities such as Nashville, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Montreal, Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles, then finishing in San Diego in August.