Howard Shore, a three-time Oscar winner, four-time Grammy winner, and three-time Golden Globe winner, is no stranger to awards. To cap off his acclaimed career, the 77-year-old Canadian composer Howard Shore will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s 20th Zurich Film Festival.

Previous lifetime achievement winners at this festival include screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, director Paul Shrader, and actor Harrison Ford, placing the composer in good company. Made famous with his instantly recognizable, beloved scores for both the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies, he is also notable for his regular contributions with Martin Scorsese and David Cronenberg, as well as his work on the best picture-winning films, “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Spotlight.”

Howard Shore will also serve as the jury president for the 12th International Film Music Competition, which will take place in Zurich, the festival running between October 3rd and 13th. His award will be bestowed on him in person during the “Cinema in Concert” event on October 5th, something Shore noted he was particularly looking forward to. 

Christian Jungen, the Artistic Director of the Zurich Film Festival, stated that he is “one of the greatest film composers of our time” and makes an important point in noting that he possesses an “enormous versatility and can elevate films in any genre with his music.” Beginning his composing career in the late 1970s, this lifetime achievement award is a just win for a man who, with his work, changed the course of cinematic music for the better!

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