Thomas Bergerson wins hands down. (He's the co-owner of the ever amazing Two Steps From Hell. They make music for movies. Link to Thomas Bergersen: [link] Link to TSFH & all their works [link] & list of their stuff: [link])
Hanz Zimmer is a SUPER close second. He's done works such as The Last Samurai, the Lion King, Gladiator & more.
I have lots of favourites. Among them (with a single example)
Classical: Kurt Atterberg - Symphony no.1 in B minor Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto no.4 in G major Hector Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique Frédéric Chopin - Preludes Op.28 Claude Debussy - La Mer Antonin Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto in E minor Franz Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsodies Gustav Mahler - Symphony no.6 in A minor "Tragic" Felix Mendelssohn - Die Hebriden Giacomo Puccini - Tosca Sergei Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no.3 in D minor Franz Schubert - Symphony no.9 in C major "The Great" Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony no.11 in G minor "The Year 1905" Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor Pjotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Symphony no.6 in B minor Richard Wagner - Tristan und Isolde
Film music: John Barry - The Lion in Winter Elmer Bernstein - To Kill a Mockingbird Danny Elfman - Batman Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek: The Motion Picture Bernard Herrmann - Vertigo James Horner - Star Trek II Trevor Jones - Cleopatra Wojciech Kilar - Bram Stoker's Dracula Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time in the West Basil Poledouris - Conan the Barbarian Miklós Rósza - El Cid John Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Yeah, I've listened to a fair bit of Madetoja's music, particularly his orchestral works, but for some reason none have ever really connected. However, it wouldn't be the first time where I've come to really like some music as suddenly as if I've always liked them just as much (Sibelius' Second Symphony for instance). But I definitely need to give another re-listen to Madetoja's ouveur.
Kaoru Wada is a living god(He's the one that did all the theme, and mood music for Inuyasha). Every song in Inuyasha is a masterpiece(Also Inuyasha has pretty much more theme/mood music then any other anime ever made, which makes it all the more special), and some of the songs will trancend time its self, no doubts at all about that.
Nobuo Uematsu All the music he did for FF 7, and back, Chrono Trigger, ect is amazing.
John Williams(he made most of the epic music for movies, his best known being Star Wars, and Indiana Jones)
James Homer(The only one in the movie industry to be on the lv of John Williams, and he's best known for the music in Willow, and Brave Heart)
Ohh!!! PROMISE!!!!!! I love that one too! about Sun & moon... I didn't know Thomas sing! I just heard it. btw, do you like Secret Garden?? when you mentioned Promise I remembered this one: [link] so beautiful..