Zurich: Leeran Z. Raphaely Wins Film Music Competition

Hans Zimmer

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer was honored with a lifetime achivement award in Zurich Wednesday night

The American composer Leeran Z. Raphaely has won the third annual international film music competition, held Wednesday night at the 10th Zurich international film festival.

Raphaely's composition for the six-minute short film Maximall beat out efforts by four other finalists, works chosen from 231 original scores submitted by composers from more than 40 countries. Raphaely received the Golden Eye award for best international film music 2014. The honor comes with a $10,400 (CHF 10,000) cash prize.

All five scores were performed live by an orchestra conducted by Frank Strobel at Zurich's Tonhalle concert hall. The film music jury was made up Strobel, composers Marcel Barsotti and Guy Farley, Swiss director Bettina Oberli (Late Bloomers) and Axel Tillement, one of the directors of the short Maximall.

Zurich turned its evening over entirely to film scores Wednesday, also celebrating the work of Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, who received a lifetime achievement award from the Zurich fest. The award ceremony included performances of excepts from some of Zimmer's scores for such films as The Lion King, Gladiator, Sherlock Holmes and Driving Miss Daisy.

The German-born Zimmer is one of the most productive and celebrated film composers of all time. He has received eight Oscar nominations for best score, winning for The Lion King in 1995. His many accolades include two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award and a Tony.

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