Thu 16 May – Jean-Michel Bernard: Piano Cinema (with special guest Fukiko Takase)
Fri 17 May – Jean-Michel Bernard plays Lalo Schifrin (with special guest Noah Francis Johnson)
Acclaimed film composer and pianist Jean-Michel Bernard returns to the Coronet Theatre after composing the score for 2016’s ballet TERRA with an intimate concert of film music from his acclaimed albums Piano Cinema 1 and 2 as well as a tribute to Lalo Schifrin.
Piano Cinema is a saga in which Jean-Michel Bernard revisits the entire history of great film music in a resolutely original recreation of its finest themes engraved in our collective memory, from the 1950s to the present day. From Ennio Morricone to Hans Zimmer, via John Williams, Nino Rota, Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, John Barry, Jean-Michel Bernard and many others. With a recognized talent as a film composer, and numerous master classes to his credit around the world, Jean-Michel Bernard will also share anecdotes and an insight into the mysterious creative process of film music in concert.
Jean-Michel Bernard, whom Ray Charles described as a “genius” and Lalo Schifrin called his “soul brother” works at the crossroads of musical genres. A composer, orchestrator, producer, concert pianist, he is not exactly a classical pianist, nor a jazz pianist (even if he has the improvisational freedom and swing), but is known as an exceptional pianist of music for cinema. Jean-Michel Bernard is the only official Steinway artist in the film music sector, and has worked as a member of Ray Charles’ Quartet, a collaborator of Scorsese and Morricone, and as a composer for Michel Gondry amongst others