Hans Florian Zimmer is a German producer and film composer. He composed music for over 100 films, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, and The Dark Knight. Zimmer spent the early career in the UK, then moved to the United States. Currently he is heading the DreamWorks film music studios. His work is characterized by combining electronic music with traditional orchestral compositions.
Zimmer was born in Frankfurt, but as the child he moved to London. According his own words he began to music after the death of his father when he was six years old. His musical career began by playing keyboards and synthesizer. Hans collaborated on the new project The Buggles, which is famously remembered by hit Video killed Radio Star.
In London Hans was starting at composing advertising jingles. A breakthrough moment in his career was collaboration with Stanley Myers, a successful composer of movie music. Together they wrote the music for several films of the 80s years. In 1988 Zimmer produced the music for the film The Last Emperor, which won the Academy Award for best music in the film.
Since 2000, Zimmer composed the music for several commercially successful films, namely, Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, The Last Samurai, The Da Vinci Code, and The Simpsons: The Movie. In 2003 he approached producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who was not satisfied with the original music for the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and wanted to record it again. Hans Zimmer founded the company Remote Control Productions, based in Santa Monica, California, through which he cooperates with other, more or less known film composers. The first live concert Hans played in October 2000 at the Flanders Film Festival in Ghent.