Alexandre Desplat

Influenced by his classical European training and his passion for Hollywood movie scores, Alexandre Desplat rose to the most elite ranks of film composers. Dividing his time between A-list American and smaller European ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1961 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Music (157)

American Pastoral 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 (Movie)

(Composer)

Tale of Tales 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

The Light Between Oceans 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

The Secret Life of Pets 2016 (Movie)

(Music)

The Secret Life of Pets 2016 (Movie)

Conductor (Music Conductor)

Everything Will Be Fine 2015 (Movie)

Music/Conductor (Music)

Suffragette 2015 (Movie)

Music/Conductor (Music)

Suite Francaise 2015 (Movie)

(Original Score)

The Danish Girl 2015 (Movie)

Music/Music Composer And Conductor/Orchestration (Music)

Fanny 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Godzilla 2014 (Movie)

Music Composer & Conductor (Composer)

Godzilla 2014 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Music)

Marius 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Original Music/Whistler (Music)

The Imitation Game 2014 (Movie)

Music Composer And Conductor (Music)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

Music/Conductor And Orchestrator (Music Conductor)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

Music/Conductor/Orchestration (Music)

Venus in Fur 2014 (Movie)

(Music)

Philomena 2013 (Movie)

Music Composer And Conductor/Orchestrator (Music)

Reality 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Renoir 2013 (Movie)

(Music)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

Music (Music)

CloClo 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Journal de France 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Moonrise Kingdom 2012 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Rise of the Guardians 2012 (Movie)

Music/Score Conducter (Music)

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Rust and Bone 2012 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Well Digger's Daughter 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

A Better Life 2011 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Music)

A Better Life 2011 (Movie)

(Original Score)

A Better Life 2011 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Carnage 2011 (Movie)

Music Conductor (Music Conductor)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Music Arranger)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

Score Producer (Music Producer)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 2011 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Largo Winch 2 2011 (Movie)

(Original Score)

My Week With Marilyn 2011 (Movie)

("Marilyn's Theme") (Music)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

"The Doge's Decree - Concerto In C Major" (Song Performer)

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch 2011 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

Music Conductor (Music Conductor)

A Prophet 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

Score Producer (Score Recording)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 2010 (Movie)

("My Love Is Always Here") (Song)

Tamara Drewe 2010 (Movie)

Original Music (Composer)

Tamara Drewe 2010 (Movie)

Music Conductor, Orchestrator and Producer (Music Conductor)

Tamara Drewe 2010 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Music)

The Army of Crime 2010 (Movie)

Original Music Composer, Conductor and Orchestrator (Music)

The Ghost Writer 2010 (Movie)

(Music)

The Ghost Writer 2010 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Ghost Writer 2010 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Original Music)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

(Composer)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

Music Orchestrator (Music)

Black Money 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Song

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Coco Before Chanel 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

(Music)

L' ennemi Intime 2009 (Movie)

(Original Music)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Music Composer and Conductor (Composer)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2009 (Movie)

Music Orchestrator and Conductor (Original Music)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrator (Original Music)

Lust, Caution 2007 (Movie)

Flutes (Performer)

Michou D'Auber 2007 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

(Music)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Score Conductor (Music Conductor)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The Valet 2007 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Firewall 2006 (Movie)

(Music)

Firewall 2006 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Lies & Alibis 2006 (Movie)

Music (Original Music)

Quand J'Etais Chanteur 2006 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Quand J'Etais Chanteur 2006 (Movie)

Piano (Performer)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

Music Composer (Music)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

The Queen 2006 (Movie)

(Composer)

The Queen 2006 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Queen 2006 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

Casanova 2005 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

(Composer)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Programming (Music Arranger)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Score Conductor (Music Conductor)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Score Orchestrator (Original Music)

Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Recorder (Performer)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005 (Movie)

(Original Score)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

(Music)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Upside of Anger 2005 (Movie)

Orchestrations (Original Music)

A Sight for Sore Eyes 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Birth 2004 (Movie)

Score Orchestrated and Conducted by (Music)

Transfixed 2004 (Movie)

(Music)

Eager Bodies 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Girl With a Pearl Earring 2003 (Movie)

(Composer)

Girl With a Pearl Earring 2003 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

Girl With a Pearl Earring 2003 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Stormy Weather 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Nid de Guepes 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Read My Lips 2002 (Movie)

(Music)

Barnie et ses petites contrarietes 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Portes de la gloire 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

Reines d'un jour 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

The Luzhin Defense 2001 (Movie)

(Music)

The Luzhin Defense 2001 (Movie)

(Music Conductor)

The Luzhin Defense 2001 (Movie)

(Original Music)

A Monkey's Tale 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Amazone 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Vive nous! 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Love ETC. 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Love ETC. 1999 (Movie)

(Original Music)

Love ETC. 1999 (Movie)

("Love etc.") (Song)

Monsieur Naphtali 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Rien a faire 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

Toni 1999 (Movie)

(Music)

A Minute of Silence 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Restons Groupes 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Une Chance sur Deux 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

A Self-Made Hero 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Atilano, Presidente 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Sous Les Pieds des Femmes 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

The Revengers' Comedies 1997 (Movie)

music composer/orchestrator & conductor (Music)

Innocent Lies 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

La Cri de la Soie 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Le Montreur de boxe 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Passage a l'acte 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Les Milles 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Marie-Louise or The Leave 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Regarde les hommes tomber 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

The Advocate 1994 (Movie)

(Music)

Au Nom du Pere et du Fils 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Lapse of Memory 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

Family Express 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Sexes Faibles! 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Ki lo sa 1985 (Movie)

(Music)

The Special Relationship (TV Show)

Music

Tristan (Movie)

(Composer (Music Score))
Actor (2)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

Emile (Actor)

Innocent Lies 1995 (Movie)

Pianist (Actor)

Biography

Influenced by his classical European training and his passion for Hollywood movie scores, Alexandre Desplat rose to the most elite ranks of film composers. Dividing his time between A-list American and smaller European film projects, Desplat quietly became one of Hollywood's most prolific and decorated composers. Famed for his understated Gallic sensibility and deep reading of both character and theme which colored all his compositions, Desplat's music increased the richness and complexity of the films he scored rather than dominating them. His professional collaboration with the French director Jacques Audiard - including "Un héros très discret" ("A Self Made Hero") (1997), "Sur mes lèvres" ("Read My Lips") (2001), and "De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté" ("The Beat That My Heart Skipped") (2005) - brought him to international attention, and he broke into English-speaking film with his score for "Girl With a Pearl Earring" (2003). Showered with nominations and awards, he amassed an enviable filmography including among others, "The Painted Veil" (2006), "The Queen" (2006), "Lust, Caution" (2007), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" (2009), "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009), "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010) and "The King's Speech" (2010). Lyrical, restrained and capable of wringing depths of emotion from every note, Desplat's music provided the filmgoing soundtrack for audiences worldwide, revealing his extensive range and showcasing a unique musical voice.

EDUCATION

Paris Conservatory of Music

Paris
Studied music theory with Claude Ballif

Milestones

2014

Composed score for Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

2013

Composed score for Roman Polanski's psychological drama "Venus in Furs"

2012

Composed music for political thriller "Argo" and animated adventure "Rise of the Guardians"

2012

Composed score for Kathryn Bigelow directed "Zero Dark Thirty," a film based on the hunt for Osama bin Laden

2011

Composed music for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"; final film in the successful franchise based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels

2011

Provided original music for "Carnage," directed by Roman Polanski and starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz

2011

Composed the score for Terrence Malick directed "The Tree of Life"

2011

Composed original music for the 9/11 drama "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Stephen Daldry's feature adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score – Motion Picture ("The King’s Speech")

2011

Composed music for "The Ides of March," which starred George Clooney, who also directed, co-wrote and produced

2010

Composed the score for Roman Polanski’s "The Ghost Writer"

2010

Composed music for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1"

2009

Fourth collaboration with Audiard for "Un prophète"

2009

Earned an Oscar nomination for his "Fantastic Mr. Fox" score

2009

Wrote the music for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"

2008

Scored the music for David Fincher’s "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; earned Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy nominations

2007

Wrote the music for the fantasy adventure "The Golden Compass" and director Ang Lee’s "Lust, Caution"

2006

Hired by director Stephen Frears to score "The Queen"; earned first Oscar nomination

2006

Scored literary adaptation "The Painted Veil"

2005

Received another Golden Globe nomination for the George Clooney geopolitical actioner "Syriana"

2005

Third Audiard collaboration, "De battre mon cœur s’est arrêté"

2004

Scored the controversial reincarnation drama "Birth"

2003

Earned a Golden Globe nomination for the score of "Girl with a Pearl Earring"

2001

Again teamed with Audiard for "Sur mes lèvres"

1998

Composed the score for the British comedy film "Sweet Revenge"

1997

Re-teamed with Audiard for the World War II-era "Un héros très discret"

1994

First collaboration with director Jacques Audiard, "Regarde les hommes tomber"

Started out composing music for the French cable station Canal Plus

Started playing piano at age five

Bonus Trivia

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Desplat conducted performances of his music played by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

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He taught Master Classes at La Sorbonne in Paris and the Royal College of Music in London.

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