Klaus Badelt

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Klaus Badelt
Klaus Badelt, 2007
Background information
Born (1967-06-12) 12 June 1967 (age 49)[1]
Frankfurt, West Germany
Origin Frankfurt, Germany
Genres Film scores
Occupation(s) Composer, producer, Arranger

Klaus Badelt (born 12 June 1967) is a German film composer, 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 cinema.

Life and career[edit]

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 II 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.[2]

In 2004, Klaus founded his own film music company, Theme Park Studios, in Santa Monica. Since then, he has scored films such as Constantine, Poseidon, Rescue Dawn, and TMNT.

Among Badelt's most critically celebrated scores are the Chinese fantasy film The Promise[3][4][5] 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.[needs update]

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.



Year Title Notes
1998 Der Eisber with Henning Lohner


Year Title Notes
2000 Gladiator Additional music; main score composed by Hans Zimmer
2001 Extreme Days with TobyMac
Invincible with Hans Zimmer
The Pledge with Hans Zimmer
2002 Equilibrium
K-19: The Widowmaker
The Time Machine
Teknolust with Ramin Djawadi
2003 The Recruit
Ned Kelly
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with Hans Zimmer
Beat the Drum with Ramin Djawadi
2004 Catwoman
2005 The Promise
Constantine with Brian Tyler
2006 16 Blocks
Miami Vice with John Murphy
Rescue Dawn with Ernst Reijseger
2007 Redline with Ian Honeyman and Andrew Raiher
Skid Row Documentary; with Craig Eastman
2008 The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
Anything for Her
Dragon Hunters
2009 Little Nicholas
Solomon Kane


Year Title Notes
2010 Waking Madison
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
The Extra Man
22 Bullets
Point Blank
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Small World with Jean-Michel Bernard
2011 The Prodigies
The Floating Shadow
Jock the Hero Dog
Seven Days in Utopia
War of the Buttons
The Oranges
2012 Shanghai Calling
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia
A Perfect Plan
2014 Supercondriaque
The Identical with Christopher Carmichael
Le Pere Noel
Halo Nightfall
2015 Queen of the Desert
2016 The Warriors Gate



Year Project Category Result
2001 Gladiator (soundtrack) Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score Nominated
2002 The Time Machine (soundtrack) World Soundtrack Award for Discovery of the Year Won
2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Won
2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: Best Music Nominated
2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score Nominated
2004 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (soundtrack) World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year Nominated
2005 Constantine (soundtrack) International Film Music Critics Association: Best Original Score for a Horror/Thriller Film Nominated
2006 Constantine (soundtrack) ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Top Box Office Films Won
2008 Die Jagd nach dem Schatz der Nibelungen (soundtrack) German Television Awards Best Music Nominated
2009 Rhode Island International Film Festival Crystal Image Award Won


  1. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046004/
  2. ^ http://www.hans-zimmer.com/fr/newsite.php?rub=detail&id=522
  3. ^ "The Promise (Klaus Badelt)". Filmtracks. 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived January 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.‹The template Wayback is being considered for merging.› 
  5. ^ Other reviews by Mike Brennan (2006-02-08). "The Promise (2006) Soundtrack Album". Soundtrack.Net. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0046004/awards

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