Hans Zimmer to Receive Max Steiner Award During Hollywood in Vienna Gala

Hans Zimmer’s illustrious career has spanned over 150 film and television projects and encompasses about every genre and popular film franchise one can think about, from “Driving Miss Daisy” to “The Dark Knight” and from “The Lion King” to “Dunkirk”. Hollywood in Vienna CEO and Founder Sandra Tomek is proud to announce that Academy Award, Tony Award, 2-time Golden Globe and 3-time Grammy Winner Hans Zimmer will be honored with the 2018 Max Steiner Award in Vienna during the Annual Hollywood in Vienna Concert Gala.

It is such an honor to be celebrated and receive this award – it lauds the contributions the composer has made to the industry and cements them as a film music legend – as much as it is simply spectacular playing and hearing music in the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna Concert Hall).

What’s great about these concerts is that while they take place worlds away from Hollywood, these events are recorded so it can be experienced at home on Blu-Ray. Check out our write-up of the amazing concert when James Horner was honored in 2013.

Zimmer is no stranger to the concert hall, and has put on a number of live events of the years. In fact, there’s a sensational one called Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague that is on Netflix Instant. If you haven’t seen that yet, and you love film score, stop reading this and watch it right now!

“Hans Zimmer had a close connection to Vienna for some time now”, says Tomek. “With his company, he has been recording projects such as “The Crown”, “Blue Planet” and “Inferno” at the fantastic Synchron Stage Vienna. For a city, so rich in music history as Vienna, it is only fitting to give this award, named after the great Max Steiner to the exceptional and multi-talented composer Zimmer”.

The gala event will take place on Friday, October 19th at the Vienna Concert Hall (Konzerthaus). It will be broadcast via TV, internationally to over 35 countries. This year will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, bestowed each year by the City of Vienna to one of the world’s most renowned film music composers. It is a symbol of recognition for exceptional achievements in the art of film music.

To celebrate the extraordinary talents of Hans Zimmer, some of his most iconic film compositions will be performed live and for the first time ever in a classic concert hall. Some of the pieces will be with new orchestral arrangements by the composer himself. Viennese people have an inherited love for music, some might say they are music connoisseur and at Hollywood in Vienna they surely will be enchanted with special treats of the composer’s impressive career, performed and brought to life by the renowned ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra. Compositions of box office hits such as “Da Vinci Code”, “Inception”, “Gladiator”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be part of the program, as well as the romantic comedy “Holiday” and the WWII movie “Pearl Harbor”, to name just a few. The titles are also part of the current “The World of Hans Zimmer” tour, where Sandra Tomek and her team were responsible for the artistic production and producers Hans Zimmer’s company Remote Control and tour specialist Semmel Concerts.

Hans Zimmer joins a respected and admired group of prior recipients of the Max Steiner Award such as Danny Elfman (2017), Alexandre Desplat (2016), James Newton Howard (2015), Randy Newman (2014), the late James Horner (2013), Lalo Schifrin (2012), Alan Silvestri (2011), Howard Shore (2010), and John Barry (2009).

Hans Zimmer has scored more than 150 projects across all mediums, which, combined, have grossed more than 28 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Zimmer has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award, and a Tony Award Zimmer most recently co-scored the critically acclaimed “Blade Runner 2049” alongside Benjamin Wallfisch, which earned the pair BAFTA and Critics’ Choice nominations for Best Score. Additionally, Zimmer created the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, for which he was nominated for multiple awards including an Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA Award, and Critics’ Choice Award. Other notable scores of Zimmer’s include “Gladiator”, “The Thin Red Line”, “As Good as It Gets”, “Rain Man”, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Black Hawk Down” and “The Last Samurai”. Last summer, Zimmer completed a highly successful, critically acclaimed tour across Europe and the U.S.

Hollywood in Vienna was founded in 2007 by Sandra Tomek (Tomek Productions). The symphonic gala concert celebrates classic and current masterpieces of film music. During the course of the gala concert, the City of Vienna awards one of today’s leading film music composers with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award. The Viennese composer Max Steiner belongs to the most influential pioneers in the history of Hollywood movies and scored all-time classics like King Kong, Gone with the Wind, and Casablanca. The award is meant to be a symbol of recognition for exceptional achievements in the art of film music.

This one-of-a-kind concert will take place at the Vienna Concert Hall (Wiener Konzerthaus) on October 19th, 2018, 8:00 pm. For more information, check out the official website:

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