One of the best aspects of creativity and talent is that they are not limited. They cover various aspects of human life – from science and technology to dance and music. For some, their talent is to create the perfect music to wrap up a visual moment in film and television. They are responsible for finding the right agreement to evoke the required emotion. One of the best people in the world to achieve this is Hans Zimmer – a German-born film music composer who has composed music for more than 150 films, winning four Grammys, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award.
Who Is Hans Zimmer?
Hans Zimmer is a German composer, born in Frankfurt am Main in West Germany on September 12, 1957. He lived in Konigsstein-Falkenstein when he was a child, playing the piano at home. He had piano lessons briefly, but Hans did not like the discipline of formal lessons. Instead, he chose to become a self-taught instrumentalist. According to Hans, his mother was a musician and his father was an engineer and inventor. As a teenager, he moved to London where he finished his studies at Hurtwood House School.
Wife, children, Family
He is currently married to Suzanne Zimmer and the couple has three children together. Previously, he had a daughter with his first wife, Vicki Carolin.
Hans Zimmer – Career
At the beginning of his career, Hans played keyboards and synthesizers in the 1970s with the group Krakatoa. He also worked with the Buggles for a while before working for the Italian group Krisma. He was also a synthesist for Krisma’s third album. Before finding his calling in film music, Hans Zimmer worked with several bands and wrote advertising jingles.
His first foray into film music dates back to the 1980s when he joined Stanley Myers, a prolific film music composer. Stanley and Hans co-founded the Lillie Yard recording studio in London. The two composers worked together on a few films, including Moonlighting in 1982 and Insignificance in 1985. Hans Zimmer then directed his first film for Terminal Exposure alone in 1987.
The highlight of Hans Zimmer’s Hollywood film music came in 1988 when he composed the score Rain man. His music for the film was nominated for an Oscar in 1989. He then followed Rain Man with the score for Driving Miss Daisy.
The star developed in the 1990s and has worked on classic works such as Thelma & Louise. His work on the 1992 film, The Power of One, caught Disney’s attention and they enrolled him for the music for the animated film, The Lion King. He has won numerous awards for his work on classical animation, including an academy award for best original score, two Grammys, and a golden globe.
Zimmer’s series in the 1990s was not yet finished. In 1995, he provided the score for Crimson Tide and won a Grammy Award for it. In 1998, for the film The Thin Red Line, he composed and recorded six and a half hours of music before a single scene was shot. His score for the film is considered one of his greatest works. In the film, the German composer used a nine-minute pool cue called The Journey to the Line at the climax of the film. It has since been used in many trailers and video games and has earned the nickname ‘the forbidden cue’ because of its popularity to the point of being overused by filmmakers.
In the 2000s, Zimmer became the de facto composer of the films of the best studio directors and blockbusters. He has composed scores for films such as Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean series, and Batman Trilogy. He has also composed for video games, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Crysis 2.
Han Zimmer’s most recent works include the introduction to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the live remake of The Lion King, Blade Runner 2049, and Interstellar.
During his career, he has won numerous awards for his work, including the National Board of Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Film Composition, the BMI Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement, and many others.
What Is His Net Worth?
If you have helped shape many movies that have brought in billions of dollars in the box office and you have a chain of rewards to your credit, your net worth will certainly reflect your illustrious career. Hans Zimmer is currently estimated at $90 million.
How Much Does He Make Yearly?
The fact that film music is a project-by-project job makes it difficult to determine Hans’ annual salary, but it is estimated that he makes an average of $2 million per film. With Hans Zimmer still young and sane and the fact that he has not retired from film music, there is every reason to believe that his net worth will continue to grow.