“I cannot find words to reflect my admiration for his genius”, Lalo Schifrin praised the French composer Jean-Michel Bernard. The film music legend is only one of many great names with whom Bernard has collaborated in the course of his career. In honor of Bernard, SoundTrack_Cologne will be showing the documentary ‘In the Tracks of Jean-Michel Bernard’ on Thursday, November 18. The film portrays the life of the extraordinary composer. Bernard will be present at the screening and will give a 45-minute piano concert afterwards.
Tickets for the screening + concert: www.seethesound.de
Accreditations for SoundTrack_Cologne 18: soundtrackcologne.de/accreditations/
Jean-Michel Bernard is the man for every musical situation: sometimes with humor, sometimes with self-confidence, sometimes full of doubt. His film music ranges from arthouse cinema to genre films, from Gondry to Scorsese. The pianist, film composer, educator, orchestrator and music producer began playing the piano at the age of two. He soon played with Lalo Schifrin, Ray Charles and Ennio Morricone.
He began his career as a film composer for two famous Claude Chabrol films: “Quiet Days in Clichy“ (1990) and “Madame Bovary“ (1991). He finally ascended to the Olympus of film composers with music for the movies of video clip director Michel Gondry: he contributed songs to “Human Nature“, and the entire score for “Science of Sleep“ (2006) and “Be Kind Rewind“ (2008). For “Science of Sleep“ he received a nomination for the coveted World Soundtrack Awards and won the France Musique/UCMF Award in Cannes.
Bernard has also worked with Martin Scorsese (“Hugo Cabret“), Francis Veber (“L'emmerdeur“), Anne Giafferi (“Trois Soeurs“) and Fanny Ardant (“Chimères Absentes“; “Cadences Abstinées“) among others. His score for “Ballad for a Pierced Heart“ (2020) by Yannis Economides has been nominated for the Greek Iris by the Greek Film Academy. The Braunschweig Film Festival dedicated its own retrospective to Bernard in 2014. In 2017, he received the "SACEM Grand Prix for film music". Only recently he was appointed official “Steinway Artist“. His first album release as a Sony Masterworks Artist is due in May 2022. The workaholic has also directed the film music composition course at the Paris Conservatoire since its foundation.
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