James Horner - Details


In film music circles, rarely has there been a more meteoric success story than JAMES HORNER. Having composed the music for dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past 20 years, Horner was honored with two Academy Awardsâ and two Golden Globe Awards for his music from Titanic (one for Best Original Score and the other for Best Original Song; My Heart Will Go On).

He has earned five additional Academy Awardâ nominations, four additional Golden Globe nominations and has won six Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year in both 1987 (Somewhere Out There) and 1998 (My Heart Will Go On). In April 1998, Horner’s Titanic soundtrack album completed an unprecedented run of 16 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It remains the largest selling instrumental score album in history (10 million in the United States and 26 million worldwide).

Horner spent his formative years in London where he attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. He then earned a doctorate in music composition and theory from UCLA before being asked by the American Film Institute to score a short film. Horner then began working for Roger Corman at New World Pictures. In this milieu of low-budget films, Horner began developing his craft and became acquainted with a number of aspiring filmmakers including Ron Howard and James Cameron.


  • 14th August 1953 - Birth