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James Roy Horner (born August 14 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of orchestral music. He is noted for his effective integration of choral and electronic elements in many of his film scores, and for frequent use of traditional Irish (Celtic) musical elements.
Horner's early years were spent in London, where he attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Music and studied under GyÃ¶rgy Ligeti. He received his bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California, and eventually earned his masters and doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles. After several scoring assignments with the American Film Institute in the 1970s, he ended his teaching of music theory at the UCLA and turned to film scoring.
Horner began his career by working for B-movie director and producer Roger Corman. His works steadily gained notice in Hollywood, which led him to take on larger projects. Horner made a breakthrough in 1982, when he had the chance to score for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, establishing himself as a mainstream composer. Horner continued composing music for high-profile releases in the 1980s...