Ramin Djawadi

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Ramin Djawadi
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Djawadi in 2008
Background information
Born (1974-07-19) 19 July 1974 (age 44)
Duisburg, West Germany
InstrumentsPiano, keyboard, synthesizer, guitar
Years active1998–present

Ramin Djawadi (/rɒˈmn ˈɑːvədi/, Persian: رامین جوادی‎, born July 19, 1974)[1] is a Persian-German score composer. His scores for the 2008 Marvel film Iron Man and season 7 of Game of Thrones were nominated for a Grammy Awards in 2009 and 2018 respectively.[2][3] He has also scored movies such as Clash of the Titans, Pacific Rim, Warcraft and A Wrinkle in Time, and for television series including Game of Thrones, Prison Break, Person of Interest, Jack Ryan, and Westworld. He won an Emmy Award in 2018 for the Game of Thrones episode "The Dragon and the Wolf".[4]

Early life[edit]

Djawadi was born in Duisburg, West Germany, to an Iranian father and a German mother, and studied at Berklee College of Music.[5][6]


After graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 1998,[7] Djawadi garnered the attention of Hans Zimmer, who recruited him to Remote Control Productions.[8] Djawadi moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant to Klaus Badelt. From there on he made additional music and arrangements for Badelt and Zimmer movies, such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the Academy Award-nominated film, Something's Gotta Give. He also co-composed the music for System Shock 2 (1999), the second installment in the series. In 2003, he and Badelt composed the score of Beat the Drum.[9]

In 2004, Djawadi went out on his own with Blade: Trinity, collaborating with RZA for director David S. Goyer. This was the beginning of his relationship with Goyer for both film and television. The following year Djawadi continued making additional music for Zimmer in movies such as Batman Begins and The Island, which was his last time working in the background of another composer. The same year, he also composed the Emmy-nominated main title themes and scores for Prison Break and the related show Breakout Kings.[10]

In 2006, Djawadi scored the first Sony Animation project, Open Season, followed by the sequel Open Season 2 (2008). Djawadi's ethereal score for the film Mr. Brooks (2007) earned him a World Soundtrack Award for 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, which was a commercial success with global revenues of $585.2 million.[11] Djawadi was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media[12] for his work on Iron Man.Djawadi's work in these computer-animated films(Open Season and Open Season 2 )attracted the filmmakers of the Belgium-based nWave, who created one of the first animated movies in 3D, Fly Me to the Moon.

Djawadi wrote the score for Goyer's horror thriller The Unborn (2009), produced by Michael Bay. Djawadi also collaborated with Goyer on the television show FlashForward that year, earning him his second Emmy nomination.

In 2010, Djawadi completed Warner Brothers' Clash of the Titans. The same year, he also scored the soundtrack for the video game Medal of Honor.

In 2011, he was selected to score HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones.[13] His continued work on Game of Thrones has garnered him several industry awards and recognition including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in September 2018 for the score "The Dragon and the Wolf".[14] For his work on season 7 of Game of Thrones, he was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.[15] This was his second nomination in this category after being nominated before for Iron Man in 2009. Also in 2011, he worked on the CBS crime drama Person of Interest.[16]

In 2013, Djawadi composed for the science fiction film Pacific Rim. He also scores the FX's vampire drama The Strain, created by Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro.[17]

In 2016, Djawadi composed for the fantasy film Warcraft and the HBO science fiction show Westworld.[18][19] The same year, Djawadi composed the score for the fantasy action monster film The Great Wall.[20]

In 2019, Djawadi composed "The Night King", which was played in the last act of the 2019 episode "The Long Night".Djawadi scored The Queen's Corgi,an animation film directed by frequent collaborater Ben Stassen.[21] He co-wrote "Hollow Crown " alongside Ellie Goulding in For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Djawadi is married to Jennifer Hawks, a music executive in the film industry.[23] They are parents of twins.[24] According to Djawadi, he has the sensory condition known as synesthesia whereby he may "associate colors with music, or music with colors", and it allows him to visualize music.[25]

Works and awards[edit]

Djawadi has composed and produced over 100 soundtracks and film scores for both film and television. His best known work is the score of HBO's series, Game of Thrones, along with other television shows such as Prison Break, Person of Interest, Jack Ryan, and Westworld. He is also known for film scores such as Pacific Rim, Iron Man, and Warcraft.[26][27]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Ramin Djawadi Biography". AllMusic.com. Archived from the original on April 22, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Search Results for Ramin djawadi". GRAMMY.com. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "List of works by Ramin Djawadi", Wikipedia, June 29, 2019, retrieved June 29, 2019
  4. ^ "70th Emmy Awards Nominees and Winners". emmys.com. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Ali, Lorraine (March 21, 2017). "When music and dragons meet: 'Game of Thrones' comes to the Forum". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Stangland, Sean (February 17, 2017). "'Game of Thrones' composer brings immersive tour to United Center". Daily Herald. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ramin Djawadi | Berklee College of Music". www.berklee.edu. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (October 6, 2017). "From *Game of Thrones* to Idris Elba's Love Scenes, Composer Ramin Djawadi Is Responsible for the Music That Makes Your Heart Thud". HWD. Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Schweiger, Daniel (July 2, 2013). "Audio: On the Score with Ramin Djawadi :: Film Music Magazine". Film Music Magazine. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  10. ^ Debnath, Neela (July 24, 2015). "Prison Break season 5: Ramin Djawadi says he would 'absolutely' return to the show". Daily Express. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Iron Man (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "Ramin Djawadi". IMDb. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) - 2018". Emmys. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ramin Djawadi". IMDb. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "Game of Thrones Soundtrack Details". Film Music Reporter. May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  17. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score Guillermo Del Toro's The Strain". Film Music Reporter. September 27, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score Duncan Jones' 'Warcraft' Movie". filmmusicreporter.com. October 17, 2014.
  19. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score HBO's 'Westworld'". Film Music Reporter. December 30, 2014.
  20. ^ "Ramin Djawadi to Score 'The Great Wall'". Film Music Reporter. August 18, 2015. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  21. ^ The Queen's Corgi (2019) - IMDb, retrieved June 29, 2019
  22. ^ "For the Throne: Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones", Wikipedia, June 22, 2019, retrieved June 29, 2019
  23. ^ David, Mark (August 22, 2013). "Late Thursday Afternoon This And Thats". Variety.
  24. ^ Vanity Fair: Ramin Djawadi
  25. ^ Renfro, Kim (July 7, 2016). "Meet the musical genius behind the 'Game of Thrones' soundtrack who watches each season before anyone else". Business Insider.
  26. ^ Ramin Djawadi on FamousComposers.net
  27. ^ "Ramin Djawadi | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

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