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Mr. Faltermeyer is a German musician, born in Munich, the origin of the Oktoberfest. He is a well-known composer, arranger, keyboardist and producer with a history of multiplatinum record sales starting with Donna Summer’s smash hit Hot Stuff in 1979. He is recognized as one of the composers/producers who best captured the zeitgeist of the 1980’s synthpop in film scores. He is best known for composing and performing the scores to Beverly Hills Cop (Eddie Murphy) and Top Gun (Tom Cruise). Both the “Axel F” theme (Beverly Hills Cop) and the “Top Gun Anthem” (in collaboration with Steve Stevens, guitar player for Billy Idol) became major hits in the 1980s. As a session musician, arranger and producer, Faltermeyer has worked with several international pop stars including Donna Summer, Amanda Lear, Patti LaBelle, Barbra Streisand, Melissa Manchester, Glenn Frey, Blondie, Laura Branigan, La Toya Jackson, Billy Idol, Jennifer Rush, Alexis, Cheap Trick, Sparks, Bob Seger, Chris Thompson, Bonnie Tyler, Udo Juergens and the Pet Shop Boys.
He has won two Grammy Awards®: the first in 1986 for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special, as a writer of the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack; and the second in 1987 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Steve Stevens for “Top Gun Anthem”. After moving back from Los Angeles to Germany in the early 1990s, Faltermeyer continued his work as a composer for theatrical work. In 1996, he co-wrote the musical Wake Up with Austro-Pop star Rainhard Fendrich which premiered September, 2002, at Vienna’s Raimund Theatre playing through January, 2004, to over 300,000 people in 300 performances. In 2006, he moved back to Los Angeles and commenced work for movies such as High School (Adrian Brody and Michael Chiklis) and Cop Out (Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan).