Ramin Djawadi - Composer Biography, Facts and Music Compositions

Ramin Djawadi

Ramin Djawadi

Ramin Djawadi is a German composer and musician of Iranian origin. He is extremely famous for composing scores for some of television’s greatest successes, including HBO’s incredibly popular “Game of Thrones”, Paul Scheuring’s masterpiece “Prison Break”, and legendary screenwriter Jonathan Nolan’s “Person of Interest”.

Ramin Djawadi was born on July 19, 1974 in Duisburg, West Germany. His father was an Iranian immigrant in Germany. Djawadi was naturally talented as a guitarist and a pianist, and in 1994, he was admitted to the Berklee College of Music, which is currently known as the largest independent institution of contemporary music. It is also considered to be the ‘Mecca’ of jazz studies and modern American music. He maintained a near perfect academic record at Berklee and graduated summa cum laude from the institute in 1998. Djawadi’s first assignment was to compose the music for ‘Irrational Games’ first person shooter, “System Shock 2”, with Josh Randall and Eric Brosius.

Hans Zimmer, one of the most revered personalities on the international film circuit, noticed Djawadi upon his summa cum laude graduation from Berklee. Zimmer invited Djawadi to work with ‘Remote Control Productions’, his production company that was earlier known as ‘Media Ventures’. Djawadi was assigned to his German Compatriot Klaus Badelt, who was already famous for his contributions to “Gladiator” and “Mission Impossible II”. Djawadi went on to work with Badelt for David Hickson’s 2003 movie, “Beat the Drum”, and with Hans Zimmer for Jonathan Frakes 2004 science fiction movie, “Thunderbirds”.

After Thunderbirds, most of Djawadi’s productions were independent. One of Djawadi’s earliest independent production for Hollywood was his score for David S. Goyer’s 2004 movie “Blade: Trinity”. Djawadi continued to work for Goyer later on in his life for “The Unborn (2009)” and “FlashForward (2009)”. Djawadi’s work for Blade also earned him a contract for “Blade: The Series”. In 2005, Djawadi earned his big break when he composed for the highly popular TV series “Prison Break”, the score was also nominated for “Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music” in the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Djawadi’s next big break came in 2008 when he composed for Marvel Studio’s “Iron Man”. Djawadi was extremely ecstatic about the score considering that he was a diehard Iron Man Fan who had been following the comics from the late 1970’s. He composed a very “guitar heavy” score that was initially composed almost entirely on the guitar. Djawadi also composed for the $400 million blockbuster movie, “Pacific Rim” in 2013.

Another score that Djawadi is incredibly famous for is the score to HBO’s fantasy drama “Game of Thrones”, based on the book series by George R.R. Martin. The score garnered such intense popularity that it was almost immediately covered by several enthusiasts on Youtube and other social platforms world over. He also composed the video game version of that score.

Djawadi is also famous for his works for the video game industry. After his 1999 composition for “System Shock 2”, Djawadi composed the score for EA Games First Person Shooter “Medal of Honor” in 2010. He also composed the score to the game’s sequel “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” in 2012. In 2011, Djawadi composed the score to the highly famous racing game “Shift 2: Unleashed”.

Ramin Djawadi is set to score Duncan Jones’s movie “Warcraft” which is scheduled to be released in 2016.