Ramin Djawadi

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Ramin Djawadi
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Background information
Born (1974-07-19) July 19, 1974 (age 41)
Duisburg, West Germany
(now Germany)
Genres Film score
Instruments Piano, keyboard, guitar
Years active 1990–present
Website www.ramindjawadi.com

Ramin Djawadi (Persian: رامین جوادی‎‎; born July 19, 1974) is a German composer of Iranian origin. Djawadi is best known for his Grammy-nominated, guitar-heavy[1] score for the 2008 Marvel film Iron Man and for the oft-covered[2] theme to HBO's popular television series Game of Thrones.[3]

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Duisburg, West Germany, to an Iranian father and German mother. After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998, Djawadi garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer, who recruited him to Remote Control Productions. Djawadi moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant to Klaus Badelt.

He then went out on his own with Blade: Trinity, collaborating with The RZA for director David S. Goyer. This was the beginning of his relationship with Goyer for both film and television. Djawadi wrote the score for Goyer's horror thriller The Unborn, which was produced by Michael Bay. Further collaboration with Goyer was the hit television show FlashForward, earning him his second Emmy nomination. Djawadi also composed the Emmy-nominated main title theme for Prison Break and the title theme for the related show Breakout Kings. Djawadi's ethereal score for the film Mr. Brooks earned him a World Soundtrack Awards “Discovery of the Year” nomination. His other scores include Deception, starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust, and Iron Man.

Djawadi scored the first Sony Animation project, Open Season, followed by the sequel Open Season 2. Additional animation scores include The Chubbchubbs Save Xmas. Djawadi's work in these films attracted the filmmakers of the Belgium-based nWave, who created one of the first animated movies in 3D, Fly Me to the Moon. Djawadi completed Warner Brothers' Clash of the Titans in 2010. Djawadi also scored the soundtrack for the 2010 video game Medal of Honor and the CBS crime drama Person of Interest.[4] He also scores the FX's vampire drama The Strain, created by Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro.

In 2011 he was selected to score HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones, based, in part, on his themes with ethnic influence from Medal of Honor and Clash of the Titans.[5] His continued work on Game of Thrones have garnered him several industry awards.[6]

Djawadi's usual orchestrators are Stephen Coleman and Tony Blondal.



Year Title Director(s) Studio(s) Notes
2003 Beat the Drum David Hickson Z Productions with Klaus Badelt
Saving Jessica Lynch Peter Markle NBC Television film
2004 Thunderbirds Jonathan Frakes Universal Pictures with Hans Zimmer
Blade: Trinity David S. Goyer New Line Cinema N/A
2005 Buffalo Dreams David Jackson Disney Channel Television film
All the Invisible Children Jordan Scott
Ridley Scott
01 Distribution Anthology filmJonathan (Short film)
2006 Ask the Dust Robert Towne Paramount Classics with Heitor Pereira
Open Season Roger Allers
Jill Culton
Columbia Pictures
Sony Pictures Animation
with Paul Westerberg
2007 Mr. Brooks Bruce A. Evans Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Ben Stassen Summit Entertainment
nWave Pictures
Illuminata Pictures
Deception Marcel Langenegger 20th Century Fox N/A
Iron Man Jon Favreau Paramount Pictures
Marvel Studios
Soundtrack released by Lionsgate
Score produced by Hans Zimmer
Open Season 2 Matthew O'Callaghan
Todd Wilderman
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Animation
Direct-to-video film
2009 The Unborn David S. Goyer Universal Pictures
Rogue Pictures
Soundtrack released by Lakeshore Records
Medalia de onoare Călin Peter Netzer HI Film Productions English title: Medal of Honor
2010 Clash of the Titans Louis Leterrier Warner Bros. Pictures
Legendary Pictures
Soundtrack released by WaterTower Music
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures Ben Stassen StudioCanal
nWave Pictures
Illuminata Pictures
2011 Fright Night Craig Gillespie Touchstone Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures
2012 Safe House Daniel Espinosa Universal Pictures N/A
A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise Ben Stassen
Vincent Kesteloot
nWave Pictures
Illuminata Pictures
Red Dawn Dan Bradley FilmDistrict
United Artists
2013 Pacific Rim Guillermo del Toro Warner Bros. Pictures
Legendary Pictures
Soundtrack released by WaterTower Music
African Safari Ben Stassen StudioCanal
nWave Pictures
The House of Magic Ben Stassen
Jeremy Degruson
nWave Pictures
2014 Dracula Untold Gary Shore Universal Pictures
Legendary Pictures
2016 Warcraft Duncan Jones Universal Pictures
Legendary Pictures
The Great Wall Zhang Yimou Universal Pictures
Legendary Pictures

TV series[edit]

Year Title Episode(s) Notes
2004 The Grid Miniseries
2005 Threshold Revelations (#1.8)
2005–2009 Prison Break
2006 Blade: The Series
2009–2010 FlashForward
2011–2012 Breakout Kings
2011–present Person of Interest
2011–present Game of Thrones
2014–present The Strain
2015 Westworld[7]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Notes
1999 System Shock 2 (with Josh Randall)
Credited as Audio Technician
2010 Medal of Honor
2011 Shift 2: Unleashed
2012 Medal of Honor: Warfighter
2012 Game of Thrones


  1. ^ Ramin Djawadi biography at AllMusic
  2. ^ Sulagna Misra (April 17, 2015). "Why the Game of Thrones Composer Watches Each Episode a Thousand Times". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ramin Djawadi on FamousComposers.net
  4. ^ "Game of Thrones Soundtrack Details". Film Music Reporter. May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Victoria Ellison (April 15, 2013). "Game of Thrones Composer Ramin Djawadi: 'I'm Just Trying to Create Something Magical' (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ Awards for Ramin Djawadi at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score HBO’s ‘Westworld’". Film Music Reporter. 30 December 2014. 

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