Hans Zimmer Born: 1957      Nationality: German

Today most people first hear orchestral music in the cinema or online – and perhaps more than any other composer, trailblazer Hans Zimmer has helped to shape the sound of today’s film, TV and games music.

Using driving rhythms, hypnotic chord patterns and electronic samples he has created unique and powerful soundtracks that have influenced a whole generation of musicians.

As a child in Germany Hans Zimmer tried piano lessons but quickly gave up. Instead he taught himself music and, convinced the piano could continue to ‘evolve’ as an instrument, attached items like chainsaws to it.

Zimmer moved to England and played keyboards and synthesizers in rock and punk bands like Ultravox and The Damned – and the influence of rock and roll helped to shape his film music.

He has written the music for over 150 films including The Lion King, Madagascar, The Simpsons Movie, Kung Fu Panda and TV series like Blue Planet II.

Listen to his music here