Official site: www.jmbernard.net
: (updated 2009-01-25)
Jean-Michel Bernard was born in France in 1961 and began playing the piano at the age of 2. He attended the Conservatory of Bordeaux,received 1st place when 14 and continued his musical studies at the Paris
Ecole Normale de Musique.
He began his career as a performer, recording in London at the age of 18 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and playing in jazz clubs in Paris and Bordeaux. For several years he was the musical director and conductor for a popular French political radio show. He then began
composing for television movies, documentaries, animated films and writing jingles for commercials.
During this period he collaborated with Philip Kaufman («Quiet Days in Clichy»), Lalo Schifrin, Claude Bolling and Ennio Morricone (for Roland Joffe’s «Vatel»). His first album «Yellow Cow» was recorded in 1990 with
the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra and saxophonist Eric Marienthal.
From 2000 to 2003 Bernard arranged and conducted for Ray Charles in addition to playing the Hammond B3 organ and piano in the Ray Charles Quintet in the European and Australian Tours. He worked with Michel Gondry for the first time on «Human Nature», composing the 2 songs performed by Patricia Arquette. In 2006 he scored «The Science of Sleep» for which he has received
numerous awards including the prestigious France Musique / Union of Composers for Film Award for Best Score at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.
He has recently completed 2 French films («Ma Place au Soleil» and «Détrompez-vous») and Michel Gondry’s next feature «Be Kind Rewind».