A lifelong fan of music and film whose duel passions combined with a talent for composition to lay the groundwork for a prolific career scoring films, Alexandre Desplat grew up admiring the cinematic scores of such legends as Bernard Herrmann, Georges Delerue, Maurice Jarre, and Nino Rota.
A native of France, Desplat began playing the piano at age five and was raised on a steady diet of American films. Though his education consisted of traditional conservatory training, the emerging composer penned music for a traveling theater troupe before branching out into short films and, later, television and features. Desplat eventually developed a style that revolved more around color and texture than traditional melody, and his creativity flourished in the European film industry — where film composers are usually afforded smaller budgets and less-severe time restraints than their American counterparts. Though it was during the mid-‘80s that Desplat began to establish himself in the realm… read more
There's movies that he's worked on that I enjoy but don't notice his music like "Julie & Julia" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox"(especially good!), I mean you notice them but you don't take time to admire them and maybe that's a good thing but there's also "Benjamin Button" and "Beat That My Heart Skipped" and "A Prophet" which are really just beautiful musically. The Benjamin score is nice in it's own mellow set aside sorta way but in Audiard's films, Displat's music holds this serious tone, like a reminder of how hard what's going on really is but at the same time it's very gentle and sympathetic to the character it follows. His scores really widens the image. I can't wait to hear "The Tree of Life"! Good luck Desplat