Alexandre Desplat

Biography

Born: August 23, 1961 in Paris, France  
French composer Alexandre Desplat is the son of a Greek mother and a French father who met in the U.S. while both were attending the University of California at Berkeley, married in San Francisco, and settled in France. He began studying the piano at age five, later switching to trumpet and then flute. Fascinated by both music and film, he decided to pursue a career as a composer of movie scores. Starting with Ki Lo Sa? in 1985, his scores for Read more television and film had reached a total of 100 by 2007. In these works, he developed a contemplative style that did not attempt to respond on a point-by-point basis to the action onscreen, but rather set its own complementary mood. He began to attract attention in the U.S. with The Luzhin Defence in 2000, which had a soundtrack album released in America by Silva Screen Records. His music for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) earned a Golden Globe nomination, and with that recognition he began to work increasingly on English-language films distributed by the Hollywood studios, including Birth (2004), The Upside of Anger (2005), Hostage (2005), Casanova (2005), Syriana (2005) (also nominated for a Golden Globe), Firewall (2006), and The Painted Veil (2006) (a Golden Globe Award winner), all of which produced soundtrack albums. The Queen (2006) earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Read less
Browse 1-22 of 22 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Label: Watertower Music   Catalog: 39519 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Performer:  Pedro Eustache,  Dominique Lemonnier
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 2.
    Philomena - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002021302 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 3.
    The Monuments Men  - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 303403 Release Date: 02/04/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 4.
    Film Music Gala / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jeremy Sams,  John Barry,  Craig Armstrong,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Wilson,  Brian Thomson,  Paul Bateman,  Tim Gill  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Austin,  Paul Bateman,  David Arnold,  Debbie Wiseman  ... 
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  • 5.
    100 Greatest Film Themes, Take 3
    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1398 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Marvin Hatley,  Charles Chaplin,  Frank Churchill,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Ferreira,  David Shannon,  Helen Hobson,  Emma Kershaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works,  The Wire-Haired Terriers Athletic Social Club,  N.Y. Jazz Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Rise Of The Guardians [original Score]
    Label: Varese Sarabande   Catalog: 067175 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Performer:  Xavier Forcioli,  Romain Allender,  Dave Arch,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1380 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carter Burwell,  Alexandre Desplat,  Howard Shore
    Performer:  Tommy Emmerton,  Rick Clark,  Tara Clark,  Evan Jolly
    Conductor:  Evan Fitzpatrick,  Evan Jolly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Music Works
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  • 8.
    The  Complete Harry Potter Film Music Collection
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 1381 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John T. Williams,  Patrick Doyle,  Nicholas Hooper,  Alexandre Desplat
    Conductor:  Nic Raine,  Evan Jolly,  James Fitzpatrick
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  • 9.
    The Ides Of March [original Score]
    Label: Varese Sarabande   Catalog: 067123 Release Date: 12/06/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Performer:  Ralph Salmins,  Vincent Segal,  David Hartley
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 10.
    My Week With Marilyn - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7983672 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Conrad Pope,  Various
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Dean Martin,  Michelle Williams,  Nat "King" Cole
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Watertower Music   Catalog: 39255 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Tristan Fry,  Paul Clarvis,  Neil Percy,  Dave Arch  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 12.
    The Tree Of Life [original Score]
    Label: Lakeshore   Catalog: 34217 Release Date: 05/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Performer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Dominique Lemonnier
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 13.
    Harry Potter And Deathly Hallows Part One / 2 Cd/Dvd/Vinyl Limited Edition
    Label: Watertower Music   Catalog: 39217 Release Date: 12/21/2010  
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 14.
    King's Speech / Original Soundtrack
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001506402 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Steven Osborne
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat,  Terry Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 1 [original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
    Label: Watertower Music   Catalog: 39212 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Performer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Rebecca Gilliver,  Eoghan McNelis,  John Parricelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
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    Label: Silva Screen   Catalog: 1309 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Pete Moore,  Bernard Herrmann,  David Raksin,  Henry Mancini  ... 
    Performer:  Gareth Williams,  Mark Ayres
    Conductor:  Evan Jolly,  Paul Bateman,  Nic Raine,  Bill Ashton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Ensemble
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  • 17.
    Fantastic Mr. Fox - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Abkco   Catalog: 02562 Release Date: 11/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
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  • 18.
    Desplat: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button / Original Soundtrack
    Label: Concord Records   Catalog: 31231 Release Date: 12/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Studio Symphony
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  • 19.
    Nouvelles Vagues De Godard A Audiard / Traffic Quintet
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5093 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Georges Delerue,  Gato Barbieri,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Raphaël Perraud,  Anne Villette,  Philippe Noharet,  Estelle Villotte  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Traffic String Quintet
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  • 20.
    Alexandre Desplat: The Painted Veil (Original Soundtrack) / Lang Lang, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000825402 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat,  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Joël Grare,  Philippe Macé,  Alexandre Desplat,  Lang Lang  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Desplat: Syriana
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 76121 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Desplat
    Conductor:  Alexandre Desplat
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Total Classics / Pavarotti, Westenra, Terfel, Fleming, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000395202 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  John Tavener,  Ludovico Einaudi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Renée Fleming,  Sarah Brightman,  Ian Le Grice  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Gemignani,  Stephen Layton,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Roger Norrington  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Holst Singers,  Czech National Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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