Yesterday (Monday, June 22, 2015), our beloved James Horner died in a plane crash at the age of 61. At the time of the plane crash, the pilot remained unidentified, although it has since been confirmed by his assistant that it was indeed Horner who was piloting the plane. June 22 was James Horner's birthday. Happy Birthday James Horner; we will miss you dearly.
A Tribute To James Horner - The Composer of Our Time
James Roy Horner was born August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California. He began studying piano when he was five and then began training at the Royal College of Music in London, England. He moved back to California in the 1970's and graduated from USC with a bachelor's degree in music. He then obtained a master's degree at UCLA and taught music theory there.
His first large, high-profile project was for Star Treck II: The Wrath of Khan. He continued to work with world-class performers and many other large films. There are over 75 projects to his name, and he worked with great directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Oliver Stone, and Ron Howard. James Horner had firmly established himself as a strong voice in the world of film scoring.
The Amazing Career of James Horner
James Horner was world famous for his amazing career in film scoring. He has composed over seventy-five different film scores, many which won several awards. His major film scores included: Alien, Willow, Glory, Field of Dreams, Titanic, Braveheart, Troy, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, The Boy In Striped Pajamas, The Karate Kid, and The Amazing Spider-Man.
One of James Horner's most famous songs is My Heart Will Go On from the movie Titanic and sung by Celine Dion. Never has it struck more true then at a tragic time like this.
The Many Awards of The Talented James Horner
James Horner won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Dramatic Score (Titanic) and Best Original Song (My Heart Will Go On). He was nominated for an additional eight Oscars. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, and was nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.
In October 2013, James Horner received the Max Steiner Award at the Hollywood in Vienna Gala, an award given for extraordinary achievements in the field of film music.