Hans Zimmer Feted with Max Steiner Award at Hollywood in Vienna

October 22, 2018

On October 21, the venerable Vienna Concert Hall turned into a hotspot for film and music fans as the annual Hollywood in Vienna gala honored one of the greatest figures in contemporary film music: ASCAP composer Hans Zimmer.

The highlight of the evening came when Vienna’s City Council member for Cultural Affairs, Mr. Peter Hanke, gave Zimmer the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award, in acknowledgment of his extraordinary accomplishments in film music. The honor is named after the Austrian-born ASCAP film composer Max Steiner, the revered composer of Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, The Informer, King Kong and many more.

The audience celebrated Zimmer with long standing ovations during the gala evening of music devoted to Zimmer’s innovative scores. Australian singer and Golden-Globe winner Lisa Gerrard (co-composer of Gladiator) and many others performed for him. Opera star Valentina Nafornita gave a surprise 20-minute interpretation of Zimmer’s The Da Vinci Code Suite, together with the Choir Neue Wiener Stimmen.

"The gala should really be named Vienna in Hollywood,” said Zimmer. “Because without Vienna there would be no Hollywood as we know it. Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Stefan Zweig, Karl Kraus, Egon Schiele – those are the eyes through which we hear, without all of them, my story would not exist...Let this award remind us of the dark times and of all those people that brought light into that darkness. That’s the true Circle of Life.”