JOHN POWELL

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Born 18 September 1963 (age 52) Origin East Sussex, England, United Kingdom Genres Film scores Occupation(s) Composer, conductor, producer Instruments Piano, violin Years active 1990–present Labels Remote Control Productions

 

John Powell (born 18 September 1963) is an English composer, best known for his scores to motion pictures. He has been based in Los Angeles since 1997 and has composed the scores to over fifty feature films. He is particularly known for his scores for animated films, including Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek (all three co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), Robots, Happy Feet (and its sequel), three Ice Age sequels, Rio, How to Train Your Dragon, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and its 2014 sequel.

He has also scored many live-action films, of which his collaborations with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass are perhaps the best known. These include the first three Bourne films, United 93, and Green Zone.

Powell was a member of Hans Zimmer’s music studio, Remote Control Productions, and has collaborated frequently with other composers from the studio, including Harry Gregson-Williams and Zimmer himself.

Powell was born in London, United Kingdom. He originally trained as a violinist as a child, before studying at London’s Trinity College of Music. He later ventured into jazz and rock music, playing in a soul band the Faboulistics. On leaving college, he composed music for commercials, which led to a job as an assistant to the composer Patrick Doyle on several film productions, including Much Ado About Nothing.

Since the age of 6 Powell has been an atheist.

1998 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – Face/Off

1999 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – Antz (with Harry Gregson-Williams)

2001 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – Chicken Run (with Harry Gregson-Williams)

2001 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music Score an Animated Feature Production – Shrek (with Harry Gregson-Williams)

2002 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – Shrek (with Harry Gregson-Williams)

2003 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – The Bourne Identity

2004 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – The Italian Job

2005 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – The Bourne Supremacy

2006 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – Mr. & Mrs. Smith

2006 ASCAP Award for Top Box Office Films – Robots

2009 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Feature Production – Kung Fu Panda (with Hans Zimmer)

2009 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Television Production or Short Form – Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (with Henry Jackman and Hans Zimmer)

2011 Annie Award for Best Music in an Animated Feature Production – How To Train Your Dragon

2011 IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for an Animated Feature – How To Train Your Dragon

2011 IFMCA Award for Film Score of the Year – How To Train Your Dragon

2015 IFMCA Award for Best Original Score for an Animated Feature – How To Train Your Dragon 2

2015 IFMCA Award for Film Music Composition of the Year – for “Flying With Mother” from How to Train Your Dragon 2

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