Michel Legrand

Michel Jean Legrand ( born February 24, 1932 in Paris ) is a French composer, pianist, singer and arranger of Armenian origin.


His first musical impressions received by his father Raymond Legrand Legrand, who acted as manager of a vaudeville orchestra musicians such as Édith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier. He studied at the Conservatoire of Paris, including with Nadia Boulanger, he graduated in 1952. Already this year, he arranged a strings album for Dizzy Gillespie. In 1952 he accompanied Maurice Chevalier on a U.S. tour.

Since the late 1950s he turned increasingly to film music. His soundtracks for Hollywood films established his worldwide fame. One of his most famous works is the musical film drama The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg ) from 1964, in which Catherine Deneuve made ​​her first appearance. Twelve times he was nominated for an Oscar, who is it for the film song to Thomas Crown Affair, Windmills of your Mind (1968) and the soundtracks to the films Summer '42 (1971) and Yentl (1983 ) has also been awarded. He also was nominated three times for the César and twelve times not to take once received a Golden Globe Award, he is Thomas Crown. In total, he wrote music for about two hundred movies and television films, such as for the movie Atlantic City, USA (1980 ), directed by Louis Malle with Burt Lancaster in the title role. He also composed the music for the French animated television series Il etait une fois la vie (1987 ), the ... life is known in Germany under the title Once Upon a Time.

As a jazz pianist, he has worked among others with Django Reinhardt. In 1958 he recorded a jazz album with Donald Byrd, John Coltrane and Ben Webster. In 1978, he played a jazz album Le Grand with Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Jon Faddis, Ron Carter and Grady Tate. In 1983, he produced another jazz album entitled " After the Rain " with Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, inter alia, was founded in 1991 in collaboration with Miles Davis Album Dingo. He was five times awarded the Grammy. In 1998, the Henry Mancini Award was awarded to him. On June 28, 2011 Legrand, the Look & Listen was - Tele pool -BR -Music- Award for his life's work as a composer of film music.

In addition, Legrand also appeared as conductor and pianist with works by classical composers such as Erik Satie. 2013 Legrand laid before his autobiography Rien de grave dans les aigus ( Éditions du cherche midi).


Michel Legrand is the younger brother of vocalist Christiane Legrand, a member of the Swingle Singers. His daughter Eugenie, married to Cédric Angot tab is active as a show jumper.

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