John Powell (b. 18 September 1963, London) is an English composer, best known for his scores to motion pictures. Powell originally trained as a violinist as a child, before studying at London's Trinity College of Music. He later ventured into jazz and rock music, playing in a soul band the Faboulistics. On leaving college, he composed music for commercials, which led to a job as an assistant to the composer Patrick Doyle on several film productions, including Much Ado About Nothing.
He has been based in Los Angeles since 1997 and has composed the scores to over fifty feature films. He is particularly known for his scores for animated films, including Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek (all three co-composed with Harry Gregson-Williams), Robots, Happy Feet (and its sequel), three Ice Age films, How to Train Your Dragon, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, and its 2014 sequel.
He has also scored many live-action films, of which his collaborations with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass are perhaps the best known. These include the first three Bourne films, United 93, and Green Zone.
Powell was a member of Hans Zimmer's music studio, Remote Control Productions, and has collaborated frequently with other composers from the studio, including Harry Gregson-Williams and Zimmer himself.
Works for Winds
- Chicken Run: Main Titles (with Gregson-Williams; arr. Murtha)
- Romantic Flight from "How to Train Your Dragon''
- How to Train Your Dragon (arr. O'Loughlin) (2010)
- How to Train Your Dragon (arr. van Grevenbroek) (2010/2017)
- Selections from "Save El Dorado"
- "Shrek" Soundtrack Highlights (arr. Moss) (2001)
- Story of Mumble Happy Feet, The (arr. Bullock) (2007)