Jan Hammer's musical career is as firmly rooted in the fundamentals of classical, jazz and rock as it is committed to the future of electronics, synthesized sound, the possibilities of interactive media, television, film and animation. He is a multiple Grammy award winner. Many of the albums in the discography listed below have gone either gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His compositions and performances are found on scores of recordings spanning the 1970s to the '90s -- solo albums, collaborations with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clarke, Elvin Jones and many others.
Hammer has composed and produced over a dozen original motion picture soundtracks, numerous movies made for television, the music for 90 episodes of "Miami Vice" (which spun-off four soundtrack albums with worldwide sales of 8 million and his worldwide #1 hit theme song), 20 episodes of the popular British television series "Chancer," and the music for "Beyond the Mind's Eye," one of the all-time best-selling music videos (certified triple platinum) in Billboard chart history. His forays into the visual media are further represented by commercial scores he has created for a diverse list of corporate clients including AT&T, Nat West bank, Stroh's, Perrier, and Chrysler Corporation.
Jan Hammer was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He began playing piano at age 4; formal classical instruction began two years later. By 14 he was performing and recording throughout Eastern Europe with his own jazz trio. He entered Prague Academy of Muse Arts, but with the Russian invasion in 1968, he came to the U.S., to attend the Berklee School of Music in Boston (on a scholarship) and become a U.S. citizen. From this point forward and through the next 3 decades, he earned his place as a formidable voice in the arena where modern music meets the state-of-the-visual-arts. From the neo-psychedelic heyday of the Mahavishnu Orchestra to the heady breakthroughs of "Miami Vice," up through his post-modern forays into film and television, Jan Hammer has consistently proven himself a front-line musical warrior. As he is inspired to reach further into his treasury of ideas, the world of music and art is always the richer.