Klaus Badelt (born 12 June 1967) is a German composer, producer, and arranger of film scores. He is known for his collaborations with Hans Zimmer, helping to write scores for dozens of critically acclaimed films including The Thin Red Line, The Prince of Egypt, Gladiator, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Independently, he is known for his work on Hollywood blockbuster films such as Equilibrium, K-19: The Widowmaker, Basic, and TMNT, and for his work in French and Chinese cinema.
Klaus Badelt, 2007
|Born||12 June 1967|
Frankfurt, West Germany
|Origin||Frankfurt, West Germany|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, producer, Arranger|
|Associated acts||Hans Zimmer, Ian Honeyman, Christopher Carmichael, Andrew Reiher|
Life and career
Badelt was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. He started his musical career composing for movies and commercials in his homeland. In 1998, Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer invited Badelt to work at Media Ventures in Santa Monica, California, his studio co-owned by Jay Rifkin. Since then, Badelt has been working on a number of his own film and television projects such as The Time Machine and K-19: The Widowmaker. He also collaborated with other Media Ventures composers, such as Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, and Zimmer; and mentored several others like Ramin Djawadi and Steve Jablonsky.
While collaborating with Zimmer, Badelt contributed to the Oscar-nominated scores for The Thin Red Line and The Prince of Egypt, and wrote music for many well known directors including Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Terrence Malick, John Woo, Kathryn Bigelow, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Werner Herzog, Sean Penn, Gore Verbinski, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.
Badelt co-wrote and co-produced the score to Hollywood box office hit Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, along with Zimmer and singer/composer Lisa Gerrard. Having contributed music to Gladiator, Mission: Impossible 2 and Michael Kamen's score for X-Men, Badelt was involved in the three most successful movies in 2000. Badelt also collaborated with Zimmer on other successful films, such as The Pledge, and 2001 blockbusters Hannibal and Pearl Harbor. One of his more famous and popular scores was for the 2003 film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
Among Badelt's most critically celebrated scores are the Chinese fantasy film The Promise and DreamWorks' remake of The Time Machine, the latter of which earned him the Discovery of the Year Award at the World Soundtrack Awards 2003. He also wrote the music for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and was commissioned to write an opera about China's First Emperor, to be premiered in 2015.
Klaus worked on the soundtrack for The Promise for almost 6 months. The song which can be heard in the movie's end credits is an ancient folk song in China, and very few people can still sing it. For that, Klaus traveled almost two weeks in China to find someone who was able to sing the whole folk song in order to rearrange it for the score.
In 2013, Klaus founded a startup called Filmhub to create a B2B marketplace for content creators and digital streaming services.
As score composer
As composer of additional music
|1998||The Prince of Egypt||Brenda Chapman
|The Thin Red Line||Terrence Malick||Hans Zimmer|
|1999||Chill Factor||Hugh Johnson||Hans Zimmer
|The Devil and Ms. D||Bernd Eichinger||Henning Lohner|
|2000||The Tigger Movie||Jun Falkenstein||Harry Gregson-Williams|
|The Road to El Dorado||Bibo Bergeron
|Gladiator||Ridley Scott||Hans Zimmer
|Mission: Impossible 2||John Woo||Hans Zimmer|
|King of the Jungle||Seth Zvi Rosenfeld||Harry Gregson-Williams|
|2001||Hannibal||Ridley Scott||Hans Zimmer|
|Pearl Harbor||Michael Bay|
|2004||Wimbledon||Richard Loncraine||Edward Shearmur|
|2009||Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book||Stefan Ruzowitzky||Ian Honeyman|
|2015||Help, I Shrunk My Teacher||Sven Unterwaldt, Jr.||Leland Cox
Karim Sebastian Elias
|2017||Lilly's Bewitched Christmas||Wolfgang Groos||Anne-Kathrin Dern|
|1994-95||Peter Strohm||10 episodes|
|2000||The Others||Theme music;|
|2004||Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King||Television film|
|2007||Random! Cartoons||Episode: "Kyle + Rosemary"|
|2008||Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen||Television film|
|2010||Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze|
|Ein Haus voller Töchter||35 episodes|
|Tatort Internet||10 episodes|
|2011||Marco W. - 247 Tage im türkischen Gefängnis||Television film|
|2013-14||Lanfeust Quest||26 episodes|
- "The Promise (Klaus Badelt)". Filmtracks. 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- Archived January 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2006-02-08). "The Promise (2006) Soundtrack Album". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2011-12-05.
- Klaus Badelt on IMDb
- Klaus Badelt at AllMusic
- Interview with Stumped Magazine
- Remote Control Fan Site
- ScoreNotes Interview
- Official Site
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