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Hans Zimmer
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Hans Zimmer

Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German film composer and music producer, born in Frankfurt am Main, G...

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{"key":"3840","name":"Hans Zimmer","bio":"Hans Florian Zimmer (born September 12, 1957) is a German film composer and music producer, born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and active since 1977. Having won a wide variety of honors and commendations, he has composed music for over 100 films, including award-winning films and box-office hits such as Rain Man (1988), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Gladiator (2000), The Last Samurai (2003), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Interstellar (2014). A recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. He's also the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios and additionally works with other composers through the company that he founded: Remote Control Productions.Zimmer's works are notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestral arrangements. He has received four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Classical BRIT Award, and an Academy Award. He was also named on the list of Top 100 Living Geniuses published by The Daily Telegraph.Zimmer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 12th September 1957, and moved to London as a teenager. While he lived in London, Zimmer wrote advertising jingles for Air-Edel Associates. Zimmer began his musical career playing keyboards and synthesisers. In 1980 he worked with The Buggles, a New Wave band formed in 1977 with Trevor Horn, Geoff Downs, and Bruce Woolley. Zimmer can be briefly seen in The Buggles music video for \"Video Killed the Radio Star\" (1979). In the 1980s, Zimmer worked with film composer Stanley Myers, a prolific film composer who composed scores for over sixty films. Zimmer and Myers co-founded the London-based Lillie Yard recording studio. Together, Myers and Zimmer worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with state-of-the-art electronics. Some of their first movies with this new sound include \"Moonlighting\" (1982), \"Success is the Best Revenge\" (1984), \"Insignificance\" (1985), and \"My Beautiful Launderette\" (1985). In 1986, Zimmer joined David Byrne and Ryuichi Sakamoto on their Oscar-winning score for \"The Last Emperor\" (1988).Soon afterwards, Zimmer began working on his own solo projects. During his solo career years, Zimmer experimented and combined the use of old and new musical technologies. His first solo score was for Chris Menges\u2019s film \"A World Apart\" (1988). However, the turning point in his career came later that year when he was asked to compose a score for Barry Levinson\u2019s film \"Rain Man\" (1988). In the score, Zimmer uses synthesizers mixed with steel drums. The score was nominated for an Academy Award in 1989. A year later Zimmer was asked to compose a score for Bruce Beresford's \"Driving Miss Daisy\" (1989), which won a Grammy Award 1991.In 1994, Zimmer won his biggest commercial hit for Disney\u2019s \"The Lion King\" (1994). He wanted to go to South Africa himself to record the soundtrack, but couldn't because he had a police record there for making subversive films. \"The Lion King\" soundtrack won numerous awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and two Grammys. It was then adapted for the Broadway musical version, which won the Tony for Best Musical in 1998.Since the success of \"The Lion King\", Zimmer has written numerous film scores. His hundredth composition was for \"The Last Samurai\" (2003), for which he won both a Golden Globe and a Broadcast Film Critics nomination in 2004. After composing over a hundred film scores, Zimmer finally performed live for the first time in concert with a hundred-piece orchestra and a hundred-person choir at the twenty-seventh Annual Flanders International Film Festival. He has received numerous honours and awards, including: Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition from the National Board of Review, Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, ASCAP\u2019s Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, and BMI's prestigious Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in 1996. Today, Zimmer is considered to be the father of integrating the electronic musical world with traditional orchestral arrangements.Zimmer lives in Los Angeles with his wife Suzanne, and has four children.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3840_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Steven Price
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Steven Price

Steven Price (born 22 April 1977 in Nottingham, England, UK) is a British film composer, best known for scoring The Worl...

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{"key":"80496","name":"Steven Price","bio":"Steven Price (born 22 April 1977 in Nottingham, England, UK) is a British film composer, best known for scoring The World's End and Gravity, both from 2013. For the latter film he received an Academy Award win for Best Original Score.Along with Basement Jaxx, Price scored the 2011 film Attack the Block, and the soundtrack was released on 16 May 2011.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/80496_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Naoshi Mizuta
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Naoshi Mizuta

水田直志 (Naoshi Mizuta, Born January 24, 1972) is best known for his work on the Final Fantasy soundtracks, mainly ...

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{"key":"83318","name":"Naoshi Mizuta","bio":"\u6c34\u7530\u76f4\u5fd7 (Naoshi Mizuta, Born January 24, 1972) is best known for his work on the Final Fantasy soundtracks, mainly Final Fantasy XI (Online). Currently residing in Japan. Mizuta has also composed tracks on other RPG's such as Parasite Eve II.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/83318_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Howard Shore
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Howard Shore

Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winni...

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{"key":"3848","name":"Howard Shore","bio":"Howard Leslie Shore (born October 18, 1946 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Canadian composer, orchestrator, conductor and music producer best known for composing the scores for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the score for The Silence of the Lambs, and for the films of David Cronenberg. He played in Canadian rock group Lighthouse from 1968 to 1972. He is the uncle of composer Ryan Shore.He was born to a Jewish family in and studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. From 1969 to 1972, he performed with the group Lighthouse. In 1974, Shore wrote the music for Canadian magician Doug Henning's magical\/musical \"Spellbound\" co-starring fledgling actress Jennifer Dale. He was the musical director for the television show Saturday Night Live from 1975 to 1980, appearing in many musical sketches including the All-Nurse Band and dressed as a beekeeper for a John Belushi\/Dan Aykroyd performance of the Slim Harpo classic I'm a King Bee. He also suggested the name for the Blues Brothers to Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.SuccessesShore has written the music for such various major film productions as The Silence of the Lambs, Mrs. Doubtfire, Philadelphia, Ed Wood, Se7en, Dogma, High Fidelity, Panic Room and The Aviator, the last of which earned him a Golden Globe. Since The Brood in 1979, he has been a consistent collaborator with David Cronenberg, scoring all his subsequent films except The Dead Zone (1983, scored by Michael Kamen). His score for Cronenberg's Naked Lunch is notable for his collaboration with famed avante-garde jazz musician Ornette Coleman, who praised Shore's work.The Lord of the RingsHis greatest success to date is his score for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The score for the first film, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, including the song An\u00edron, gained him an Oscar in 2002, while the final film, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, earned him another two Oscars (one for the score and one for the song \"Into the West\", sung by Annie Lennox) in 2004. (The Two Towers soundtrack was not nominated for the 2003 Oscar, because a new rule was put in place that year prohibiting a soundtrack from being nominated that used any material from a previous soundtrack. This rule proved very unpopular and controversial, as many movie franchises, such as Star Wars scored by John Williams, were discredited as a result: the rule was repealed in time for the 2004 Oscars and the Return of the King was therefore nominated and went on to win. Many fans of Shore's work feel that had this unpopular new rule not been in effect, the soundtrack for The Two Towers stood a good chance of winning.)Since 2004, he has toured the world conducting local orchestras in the performance of his new symphonic arrangement of his highly acclaimed Lord of the Rings scores. The new work is entitled The Lord of the Rings: Symphony in Six Movements. There are two movements for each of the movies, and an intermission between the second and third movements. The concert presentation of the symphony also includes projected still images relating the music being performed to scenes from the films. Recently, however, Shore has been busy with other projects, leaving other conductors including Markus Huber, Alexander Mickelthwaite, and John Mauceri to lead the orchestras.Trivia * He makes a cameo appearance on film in The Return of the King (extended edition) as a Guard of Rohan, during the drinking game at Edoras. * Despite having his score removed late into post-production, Shore has a cameo near the end of King Kong as the conductor of the pit orchestra in the theatre. * He is uncle of composer Ryan Shore.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3848_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Danny Elfman
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Danny Elfman

Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American composer, best known as the lead singer and songwriter f...

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{"key":"3884","name":"Danny Elfman","bio":"Daniel Robert \"Danny\" Elfman (born May 29, 1953) is an American composer, best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Oingo Boingo, from 1976 to 1995 and later for scoring music for television and film and creating The Simpsons main title theme as well as the 1989 Batman movie theme. He has scored the majority of the films for his long-time friend Tim Burton.Born in Los Angeles, he entered the film industry in 1976, initially as an actor. He made his film scoring debut in 1980 for the film Forbidden Zone directed by his older brother Richard Elfman. He has since been nominated for four Academy Awards and won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for Tim Burton's Batman and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. Elfman was honored with the prestigious Richard Kirk award at the 2002 BMI Film and TV Awards. The award is given annually to a composer who has made significant contributions to film and television music.He is the son of novelist Blossom Elfman and the brother of director Richard Elfman.Elfman was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Blossom Elfman (n\u00e9e Bernstein), a writer and teacher, and Milton Elfman, a community in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. He spent much of his time in the local movie theatre, adoring the music of such film composers as Bernard Herrmann and Franz Waxman.Stating that he hung out with the \"band nerds\" in high school, he started a ska band. After dropping out of high school, he followed his brother Richard to France, where he performed with Le Grand Magic Circus, an avant-garde musical theater group. Violin in tow, Elfman next journeyed to Africa where he traveled through Ghana, Mali, and Upper Volta, absorbing new musical styles, including the Ghanaian highlife genre which would eventually influence his own music. Elfman contracted malaria during his one-year stay and was often sick. Eventually he returned home to the United States, where he began to take Balinese music lessons at the CalArts. He was never officially a student at the institute, nonetheless, the instructor encouraged him to continue learning. Elfman stated, \"He just laughed, and said, 'Sit. Play.' I continued to sit and play for a couple years.\" At this time, his brother was forming a new musical theater group, The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. The group performed the music for Richard's debut feature film, Forbidden Zone. Danny Elfman composed his first score for the film and played the role of Satan. By the time the movie was completed, they had taken the name Oingo Boingo and begun recording and touring as a rock group.In 1985, Tim Burton and Paul Reubens invited Elfman to write the score for their first feature film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Elfman was apprehensive at first because of his lack of formal training, but with orchestration assistance from Oingo Boingo guitarist and arranger Steve Bartek, he achieved his goal of emulating the mood of such composers as Nino Rota and Bernard Herrmann. In the booklet for the first volume of Music for a Darkened Theatre, Elfman described the first time he heard his music played by a full orchestra as one of the most thrilling experiences of his life. Elfman immediately developed a rapport with Burton and has gone on to score all but two of Burton's major studio releases: Ed Wood, scored by Howard Shore, which was under production while Elfman and Burton were having a fight, and Sweeney Todd, an adaptation of the 1979 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. He also, more recently, accompanied Tim Burton in the composition of music for \"Almost Alice\", the soundtrack for Alice in Wonderland.Burton has said of his relationship with Elfman: \"We don't even have to talk about the music. We don't even have to intellectualize \u2013 which is good for both of us, we're both similar that way. We're very lucky to connect\" (Breskin, 1997).Elfman has three children: Lola, born in 1979; Mali, born in 1984; and Oliver, born in 2005. On November 29, 2003, Elfman married film actress Bridget Fonda. In 1997 he scored A Simple Plan \u2013 his only score for one of her films to date (although he did compose a cue for the film Army of Darkness, in which Fonda has a cameo). He is the uncle of actor Bodhi Elfman who is married to actress Jenna Elfman, known most notably in her role as Dharma in the TV series Dharma and Greg.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/3884_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 75,000"}
Russell Brower
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Russell Brower

Russell Brower is a Composer and three-time Emmy Award-winning Sound Designer, with over twenty-five years of experience...

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{"key":"80524","name":"Russell Brower","bio":"Russell Brower is a Composer and three-time Emmy Award-winning Sound Designer, with over twenty-five years of experience creating and producing sound and music for television, film, theme parks and video games. After scoring his first interactive game in 1981 for Disney's Epcot, Russell\u2019s career highlights include: Sound Supervisor and Mixer for Warner Bros. Animation (Animaniacs; Batman the Animated Series), Media Designer and Musical Director for Walt Disney Imagineering (DisneyQuest Virtual Reality Games; Tokyo DisneySea theme park), among many others. His freelance career spans from the original motion picture TRON to the MTV series Aeon Flux to the best-selling game Delta Force: Black Hawk Down. Russell is currently the Audio Director for Blizzard Entertainment, developer of the award-winning MMORPG game, World of Warcraft. Alongside Derek Duke and Matt Uelmen, he created the soundtrack for Blizzards first major expansion, The Burning Crusade, which contained many orchestrated pieces from loud and aggressive to quiet and gentle themes. He has also worked on the soundtrack for Blizzards second expansion to World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/80524_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Lorne Balfe
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Lorne Balfe

Lorne Balfe (born February 23, 1976) is a Grammy award- winning film composer from Inverness, Scotland, who works at the...

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{"key":"80526","name":"Lorne Balfe","bio":"Lorne Balfe (born February 23, 1976) is a Grammy award- winning film composer from Inverness, Scotland, who works at the Remote Control Productions studio. Lorne is known for composing the scores to the Dreamworks\u2019 animation Megamind, and Ron Howard\u2019s film The Dilemma, in collaboration with Academy Award- winning composer, Hans Zimmer. In addition to being recognized for producing two of Zimmer\u2019s Oscar- nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Lorne has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Lorne was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score for BAFTA award- winning Crying With Laughter and he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.Balfe began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including: the Pirates of the Caribbean II, and III, The Simpsons Movie, Angels & Demons, Iron Man, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. He also composed additional music on the 2009 Golden Globe nominated film Frost\/Nixon. Complimented by his additional music, Balfe\u2019s role as a score producer on 2008\u2032s The Dark Knight earned Lorne a Grammy for \"Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture.\"In 2009, Balfe was music producer and composer of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 videogame, and score producer for Guy Ritchie\u2019s Sherlock Holmes, which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Only a year later, in 2011, Balfe produced the score for Christopher Nolan\u2019s Inception, which also earned a Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. He is also well-known for his work on scores for Assassin's Creed series.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/80526_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Alexandre Desplat
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Alexandre Desplat

Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat (born 23 August 1961 in Paris, France) is a French film score composer. Notably, he has...

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{"key":"4732","name":"Alexandre Desplat","bio":"Alexandre Michel G\u00e9rard Desplat (born 23 August 1961 in Paris, France) is a French film score composer. Notably, he has received six Academy Award nominations, six BAFTA nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, five Grammy nominations and six C\u00e9sar nominations, winning a Golden Globe for his work on \"The Painted Veil\" (2006), a Grammy for his work on \"The King's Speech\" (2011) and a C\u00e9sar for his work on \"De battre mon c\u0153ur s'est arr\u00eat\u00e9\" (2006) and \"The Ghost Writer\" (2011). In 2011, Desplat won his first British Academy Film Award for his score for \"The King's Speech\". Desplat was born in Paris to a French father and a Greek mother. At the age of five, he began playing piano. He also became proficient on trumpet and flute. He studied with Claude Ballif and Iannis Xenakis in France and Jack Hayes in the U.S. Desplat's musical interests were wide, and he was also influenced by South American and African artists and teachers, among whom were Carlinhos Brown and Ray Lema.Desplat has composed extensively for films, in France and in Hollywood - scores and incidental music for over 100 films including \"Lapse of Memory\" (1992), \"Family Express\" (1992), \"Regarde Les Hommes Tomber\" (1994), \"Les P\u00e9ch\u00e9s Mortels\" (1995), C\u00e9sar-nominated \"Un H\u00e9ros Tr\u00e8s Discret\" (1996), \"Une Minute de Silence\" (1998), \"Sweet Revenge\" (1998), \"Le Ch\u00e2teau des Singes\" (1999), \"Home Sweet Home\" (2001), \"Reines d'un Jour\" (2001), the C\u00e9sar-nominated \"Sur mes L\u00e8vres\" (2002), \"Rire et Ch\u00e2timent\" (2003), \"Fantastic Mr. Fox\" (2009), \"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1\" (2010), \"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2\" (2011) and \"The Danish Girl\" (2015).Desplat has composed individual songs that have been sung in films by such artists as Akhenaton, Kate Beckinsale, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val\u00e9rie Lemercier, Miosotis, Catherine Ringer and Ren\u00e9e Fleming. He has also written music for the theatre, including pieces performed at the Com\u00e9die Fran\u00e7aise. Desplat has conducted performances of his music played by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Symphony Orchestra. Desplat has also given Master Classes at La Sorbonne in Paris and the Royal College of Music in London.In 2007, he composed the scores for Philip Pullman's \"The Golden Compass\", Zach Helm's directorial debut \"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium\" with American composer Aaron Zigman and the Ang Lee movie \"Lust, Caution\". Prior to these break-out works, he contributed scores for \"The Luzhin Defence\", \"Girl with a Pearl Earring\", \"Syriana\", \"Birth\", \"Hostage\", \"Firewall\", \"Casanova\", \"Nid de Gu\u00eapes\" and \"The Painted Veil\", for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music, and the 2006 World Soundtrack Award. He won the 2007 BMI Film Music Award, 2007 World Soundtrack Award, 2007 European Film Award, and received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score for \"The Queen\". He also won the Silver Berlin Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Film Music in \"De battre mon c\u0153ur s'est arr\u00eat\u00e9\". In 2008 Desplat received his second Oscar nomination for David Fincher's \"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button\". Desplat received his third Oscar nomination and a BAFTA nomination for \"Fantastic Mr. Fox\" in 2010, both of which were won by Michael Giacchino for \"Up\".Recently, Desplat has composed music for \"Largo Winch\", based on the Belgian comic; \"Afterwards\", a French-Canadian psychological thriller film directed by Gilles Bourdos in English; Anne Fontaine's \"Coco avant Chanel\" based on the life of designer Coco Chanel; Robert Gu\u00e9diguian's \"L'Arm\u00e9e du Crime\"; \"Ch\u00e9ri\", reuniting him with director Stephen Frears, whom he collaborated with on \"The Queen\"; \"Un Proph\u00e8te\" reuniting with director Jacques Audiard; \"Julie & Julia\" directed by Nora Ephron; \"Fantastic Mr. Fox\", directed by Wes Anderson and based on the novel by Roald Dahl; \"The Twilight Saga: New Moon\", directed by Chris Weitz; Roman Polanski's \"The Ghost Writer\"; \"Tamara Drewe\"; \"The Special Relationship\"; \"The King's Speech\", which earned Desplat his fourth Oscar nomination; and \"Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy\".In early 2011, Desplat began to write the music to \"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2\". He reunited with director David Yates, who offered Desplat the opportunity to score the second part.Desplat's upcoming projects include \"The Tree of Life\", directed by Terrence Malick (which he actually recorded in early 2010), \"A Better Life\" and \"La Fille du Puisatier\", Roman Polanski's \"Carnage\" and George Clooney's \"The Ides of March\".Desplat started 2012 with \"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close\" and continued with scores for \"The Spider's House\", the Florent Emilio Siri-directed biopic \"Cloclo\", Jacques Audiard's \"De rouille et d'os\", Ben Affleck's \"Argo\", DreamWorks Animation's \"Rise of the Guardians\", Matteo Garrone's \"Reality\", Wes Anderson's \"Moonrise Kingdom\" and Kathryn Bigelow's \"Zero dark Thirty\".","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/4732_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
Ramin Djawadi
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Ramin Djawadi

Ramin Djawadi (born 1974 in Duisburg, Germany) is an Iranian-German composer of orchestral music for film and television...

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{"key":"4740","name":"Ramin Djawadi","bio":"Ramin Djawadi (born 1974 in Duisburg, Germany) is an Iranian-German composer of orchestral music for film and television. His father was an immigrant from Iran.Ramin Djawadi composes music for film and television. Djawadi has been numerously credited as a composer for additional music, orchestrator and as an assistant composer to Hans Zimmer. His work for films include Blade: Trinity, Ask the Dust, and Open Season. For television, Djawadi's work includes Threshold, Blade: The Series, Person of Interest and Prison Break, for which he received an Emmy nomination for \"Outstanding Main Title Theme Music\" in 2006. In 2007 he composed musical score for the Mr. Brooks movie featuring Kevin Costner and Demi Moore. In 2008, Djawadi wrote the score for Iron Man. In 2011 he wrote the soundtrack for the HBO fantasy hit series Game of Thrones. Years active 1990-present.","featuredImage":"https:\/\/assets.allamericanmusic.com\/images\/4740_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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