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September 21, 2019 | Le Méliès (Montreuil - France) Conference

Music and cinema
"It's a very strange profession, film music" says Alexandre Desplat, "we are at the service of a common project, but there are all these constraints, of time, of exchanges, of communication with the director. You have to look until the music really becomes the image. It's not just the music anymore, it's in the movie." The most famous French composer of film music, author of more than a hundred soundtracks, awarded numerous prizes - including two Oscars (for The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water) - will tell us about his course and his work.
Saturday september 21, 2019 at 16:00, at the cinema Le Méliès, 12 place Jean Jaurès 93100 Montreuil (France).
Reservations here

May 19, 2019 | Krakow Film Music Festival (FMF) Concert

Cinematic Piano: Traffic Quintet plays Alexandre Desplat
Traffic Quintet, Dominique "Solrey" Lemonnier (Concert Master), Alexandre Desplat (flutes)
Sunday May 19, 2019 at 14:00, The Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow (Poland) ˃ Reservations here

May 18, 2019 | Krakow Film Music Festival (FMF) Concert

The Magic and Majesty of Alexandre Desplat
with Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Alexandre Desplat
Saturday May 18, 2019 at 19:00, ICE Krakow Congress Centre, S2, Krakow (Poland) ˃ Reservations here

May 16, 2019 | Krakow Film Music Festival (FMF) Event

Meet & Greet Alexandre Desplat: Life with Music
Host: Magdalena Miśka-Jackowska
Thursday May 16, 2019 at 16:00, ICE Krakow Congress Centre, S2, Krakow (Poland), Free Entry

April 4, 2019 | Festival Rendez-vous 2019 in Rome Event

During the 9th New French Film Festival, Masterclass at Palazzo Farnese, Piazza Farnese, 67 Roma
Free entry, limited space available. Registration is mandatory, as of April 1 avril 2019 ˃ Register here

February 26-27, 2019 & March 2-3, 2019 | Silence Concert

World Premiere of Silence, A chamber operina for 1 mezzo-soprano, 1 baritone-bass, 1 comedian and 10 musicians
Music by Alexandre Desplat, libretto by Alexandre Desplat and Solrey after Silence by Yasunari Kawabata
With Camille Poul (soprano), Mikhail Timoshenko (baritone-bass), Sava Lolov (comedian, narrator)
And ensemble United Instruments of Lucilin

At Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg, 1 Rond-point Schuman, L-2525 Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
· Tuesday February 26, 2019 at 20:00 ˃ Reservations here
· Wednesday February 27, 2019 at 20:00 ˃ Reservations here

At Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, 37bis Bd de La Chapelle, F-75010 Paris (France)
· Saturday March 2, 2019 at 20:30 ˃ Reservations here
· Sunday march 3, 2019 at 16:00 ˃ Reservations here

En Silence

February 7, 2019 | IFMCA Awards 2018 Award

Nominations at the International Film Music Critics Association Awards 2018, 'Best Original Score for an Animated film' for Isle of Dogs, 'Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film' for Operation Finale, and 'Best Original Score for a Comedy Film' for The Sisters Brothers.

January 24, 2019 | César Awards 2019 Award

Nomination at the french César Award for Best Original Music, Alexandre Desplat for Jacques Audiard's movie The Sisters Brothers.

January 22, 2019 | Academy Awards Award

Alexandre Desplat, two times Academy Award Winner, receives his seventh nomination for "Achievement in music written for motion pictures" (Original score) for Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs.

January 11, 2018 | France Musique – Sacem Film Music Award Award

The award ceremony for the France Musique - SACEM Film Music Award will take place on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Auditorium of Radio France at 20:00.
Alexandre Desplat will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

December 21, 2018 | Awards Circuit Interview

Composer Alexandre Desplat on Isle of Dogs, Wes Anderson, and a Career Spent in Film | by Karen M. Peterson
For Alexandre Desplat, composing was a natural pursuit. The two-time Oscar winner (with seven additional nominations), and Grammy winner is halfway to an EGOT. He began with short films, moving into feature work in the late 1990s.
His career really started to accelerate around 2005, and by 2006 he earned his first nomination for The Queen. He followed that the next year with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
In 2009, he worked on his first collaboration with Wes Anderson, and Fantastic Mr. Fox earned him his third Oscar nomination. That film led to Moonrise Kingdom three years later, and then his first win for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015, when he was double-nominated with The Imitation Game.
This year, he and Anderson teamed up again on another animated marvel, Isle of Dogs, from Fox Searchlight. I recently had the opportunity to speak with the composer about his early days, some of his career highlights, and what keeps him excited about working in cinema. Please enjoy our conversation.

December 8, 2018 | Alexandre Desplat, Harry Potter Concert

Young Audience Concert (from the age of 7) with the Orchestre National de France at la Maison de la radio (Paris) - 17:00
Composer of many film scores, including those of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The King's Speech, The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat has been awarded by Academy Awards and Césars. He conducts and presents this concert.

Music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Twilight, Valerian, etc.
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December 7, 2018 | Grammy Awards Award

3 Nominations at Grammy Awards:
'Best Score', 'Best Instrumental Composition' and 'Best Composing / Arranging', for The Shape of Water.

December 6, 2018 | Golden Globes Award

Nominations Announced for the 76th Golden Globes
Alexandre Desplat nominated: 'Best Original Score – Motion Picture', for The Isle of Dogs.

6 décembre 2018 | ARTE Concert

Video of the concert the Maison de la Radio, Alexandre Desplat conducts the Orchestre National de France.

December 6, 2018 | Beyond the picture, Alexandre Desplat Concert

Concert with Orchestre National de France at the Maison de la Radio (Paris) - Auditorium de Radio France - 20:00
Alexandre Desplat, awarded in 2018 with an Oscar for film music for The Shape of Water, is also the author of Valerian's score, which he recorded at Radio France with the Orchestre National de France. Here is the orchestra and the composer again gathered for a whole evening dedicated to a composer who also can be listened for himself, regardless of any image.

Works by Alexandre Desplat: Valérian, suite - New Work: Solo Flute Piece (world premiere) - Pelléas et Mélisande, Sinfonia Concertante for Flute and Orchestra - Suite from The King's Speech, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Shape of Water, Birth, The Ghost Writer, Twilight, Harry Potter.
Emmanuel Pahud flute, Solrey artistic director, Orchestre National de France, Alexandre Desplat conductor
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December 6, 2018 | Beyond the picture, Alexandre Desplat Concert

Concert with Orchestre National de France at the Maison de la radio (Paris) - Auditorium de Radio France - 20:00
Alexandre Desplat, awarded in 2018 with an Oscar for film music for The Shape of Water, is also the author of Valerian's score, which he recorded at Radio France with the Orchestre National de France. Here is the orchestra and the composer again gathered for a whole evening dedicated to a composer who also can be listened for himself, regardless of any image.

Works by Alexandre Desplat: Valérian, suite - New Work: Solo Flute Piece (world premiere) - Pelléas et Mélisande, Sinfonia Concertante for Flute and Orchestra - Suite from The King's Speech, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Shape of Water, Birth, The Ghost Writer, Twilight, Harry Potter.
Emmanuel Pahud flute, Solrey artistic director, Orchestre National de France, Alexandre Desplat conductor
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December 3, 2018 | GoldDerby Interview

Composer Alexandre Desplat on his score for Isle of Dogs: Other than the taiko drums, we avoided Japanese influences | by Charles Bright
Visually, the animated movie Isle of Dogs relies heavily on Japanese influences, but Alexandre Desplat had a very different idea when it came to film's score. "What we decided on this one was to avoid, aside from the taiko drums, there's no other folkloric instruments," he tells us in a recent chat (watch the video above). He elaborates on the power that the taikos provide, saying they "are strong enough and they have such a range of sounds, frequency and dynamic that it can do a lot." Desplat surrounded the taiko drums with instruments such as saxophones, recorders, French horns and the double bass in order to keep the rest of the score in our own contemporary world. "Even though it's set in Japan, it keeps the world of music in our own."

Video: Composer Alexandre Desplat on his score for Isle of Dogs with taiko drums | GOLD DERBY

November 30, 2018 | Satellite Award Nomination Award

Alexandre Desplat nominated: 'Best Original Score', for The Sisters Brothers.

November 14, 2018 | Hollywood Music in Media Awards Award

Alexandre Desplat winner of Hollywood Music in Media Award: 'Best Original Score for an Animated Film', for Isle of Dogs.

Video: official trailer

October 16, 2018 | Hollywood Music in Media Awards Award

Alexandre Desplat nominated at Hollywood Music in Media Awards: 'Best Original Score for an Animated Film', for Isle of Dogs and 'Best Original Score for a Feature Film', for The Sisters Brothers (Les Frères Sisters).

PR Newswire: The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announced today the nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers. The HMMA nominations have historically been representative of the nominees of other key awards shows that occur months later. With over 500 submissions this year, HMMA nominees are chosen in specific genres of music for film, TV and video game including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation. HMMA nominees represent music for visual media from around the world.

The 2018 Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held at The Avalon Hollywood 1735 Vine Street on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

September 14, 2018 | Release of 'The Sisters Brothers' soundtrack Album

Label: Why Not Productions
Digital Media on ITunes | Qobuz
Original Score from Jacques Audiard's movie

The Sisters Brothers

starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal...
more info on the film on IMDB

Tracklist

  1. Two Killers
  2. The Sisters Brothers
  3. Duplicity
  4. To Jacksonville
  5. Morri's Tricks
  6. Two Brothers, Two Friends
  7. To San Francisco
  8. The Toothbrush
  9. To Mayfield
  10. Eli & Tub
  11. Gun Fight
  12. Myrtle Creek
  13. Building the Dam
  14. Gold !
  15. Hunted
  16. Folsom Lake
  17. To Kill a Commodore
  18. Dying by the River
  19. Two Guns, One Hand
  20. At Home with Mum

Video: Officiel Trailer

August 24, 2018 | 'Operation Finale' Soundtrack Release Album

CD - Operation Finale
Label: Sony Classical
Purchase the CD on Amazon
Soundtrack from the film by Chris Weitz

Operation Finale

starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Lior Raz, Melanie Laurent...
more info on the film on IMDB

Tracklist

  1. Operation Finale
  2. Sacrificed Children
  3. Nazis Rising
  4. Malkin’s Memories
  5. Setting Up Operations
  6. Stakeout
  7. Death
  8. Killing in the Woods
  9. Race to Airport
  10. Solingen Blade
  11. Number 45326
  12. The Monster
  13. Lost Children
  14. Air Control
  15. To Israel
  16. Operation Finale (Orchestral)
  17. Sorrow

Video: Official Trailer

August 13, 2018 | World Soundtrack Awards Award

World Soundtrack Academy announces first wave of nominees for the 18th #WSAwards.
Alexandre Desplat is nominated for Best Film Composer of the Year for Endangered Species, Isle of Dogs, Suburbicon, The Shape of Water and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The 18th World Soundtrack Awards will be held on October 17 at the Capitole Ghent

July 15, 2018 | MISA 9th: Alexandre Desplat & SSO Concert

'Music in the Summer Air' - Shanghai Symphony Hall - 19:30
Alexandre Desplat will be leading the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, performing 11 selected pieces from his impressively long list of film scores, as well as a composition inspired by 'Pelleas et Melisande' from Belgian playwright Mæterlinck. The program is HERE
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Music in the Summer Air poster July, 15 2018

February 27, 2018 | ForbesInterview

Oscars 2018: Alexandre Desplat Talks Del Toro's The Shape of Water | by Simon Thompson

Alexandre Desplat is one of the most prolific composers working in Hollywood today and he’s just days away from a potential second Oscar win. His work on Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, which has 13 Academy Award nominations and has taken $111.14 million at the worldwide box office so far, has already won Desplat, among other awards, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The composer is hoping that he’ll be adding an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) to the pile on March 4, 2018. I caught up with Desplat to talk about how he’s feeling in the final run-up to the Oscars, his relationship with del Toro, his first landmark payday and why his awards are as much about inspiration as they are about recognition.

February 22, 2018 | IFMCAAward

International Film Music Critics Association Award Winner 2017 : 'Composer Of The Year'

Composer Alexandre Desplat is named Composer of the Year, him having written at least four outstanding works spanning multiple genres in the past year. His work in 2017 included director Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski. IFMCA member James Southall said that The Shape of Water was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a “sonic marvel of extremely intelligent rendering” and an “unparalleled execution of orchestral textures” featuring “composition of demanding complexity.” Desplat received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. This marks the third time Desplat has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2017 and 2014.

February 20, 2018 | DeadlineInterview

The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For The Shape of Water: Crew Call Podcast | by Anthony D'Alessandro

Alexandre Desplat and Guillermo del Toro at Abbey Road Studios, London
Alexandre Desplat with Guillermo del Toro at The Shape of Water score session at Abbey Road in London. Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Composer Alexandre Desplat is named Composer of the Year, him having written at least four outstanding works spanning multiple genres in the past year. His work in 2017 included director Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski. IFMCA member James Southall said that The Shape of Water was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. IFMCA member Christian Clemmensen called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a “sonic marvel of extremely intelligent rendering” and an “unparalleled execution of orchestral textures” featuring “composition of demanding complexity.” Desplat received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. This marks the third time Desplat has been named Composer of the Year, following his previous wins in 2017 and 2014.

February 8, 2018 | International Film Music Critics AssociationAward

Nominations at International Film Music Critics Award (IFMCA) for 2017:
'Composer Of The Year', 'Film Score Of the Year' for The Shape of Water, and 'Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film' for The Shape of Water and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

56-year old Frenchman Alexandre Desplat is nominated for his work on two scores – director Guillermo Del Toro’s critically acclaimed monster movie romance “The Shape of Water,” and director Luc Besson’s epic space fantasy “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” – and is one of the five nominees for Composer of the Year. IFMCA member James Southall said that “The Shape of Water” was “yet another from the top drawer of Desplat,” and went on to describe him as “one of the most consistently impressive film composers of the last couple of decades,” who has “managed to be so successful without having to water down his highly-distinctive musical voice at all”. Desplat previously received IFMCA Score of the Year honors in 2008 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. His other major scores in 2017 include director George Clooney’s satirical racial drama ‘”Suburbicon,” and the French-language comedy-drama “D”Après Une Histoire Vraie,” directed by Roman Polanski.