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Jean-Michel Bernard: Piano Cinema

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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.

Jean-Michel Bernard will be joined by special guest dancer Fukiko Takase.

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.

Fukiko Takase was born in New York but raised in Japan where she trained with Katsuko Orita. After receiving the Cultural Affairs Fellowship from the Japanese government, she moved to Europe to study at Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy and the London Contemporary Dance School. Fukiko then worked with the Henri Oguike and Wayne McGregor dance companies before making her way as an independent solo artist. Her work includes 1001 with Dustin O’Halloran premiered in Minneapolis, USA, Don Juan Techno Club with Daniel Brandt and Frieder Nagel premiered in Nuremberg, Germany as well as performing Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece in 2019. She featured in Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace video Ingenue, as well as choreographing for Daniel Brandt and Hikaru Utada. In 2018 she choreographed and toured Japan with Hikaru Utada’s anniversary concert tour, performing for 140,000 people. Fukiko danced for Akram Khan’s Jungle Book Reimagined, and has become Honourable Professor for Shikoku University in 2022. Last year (2023) Fukiko starred in The Coronet’s own production of The Yellow Wallpaper, a radical new staging of  Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s hugely influential novella adapted and directed by Stephanie Mohr.

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Jean Michel Bernard
Jean Michel Bernard is an award winning French pianist, composer, orchestrator teacher and music producer for films. He is a world renowned legend in the film music and piano business, having worked with Martin Scorsese, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, Michel Gondry and been a member of the Ray Charles quartet. Bernard is a Steinway and Spirio Artist and a Sony Masterworks artist.

Jena-Michel Bernard’s latest albums Piano Cinema 1 (2022) and Piano Cinema 2 (2023) have reached more than 4 million streams online. The third album, Piano Cinema 3, will be released in April 2024. His latest album, his songs, was released in June and is a piano tribute to Elton John. At John Williams’ request, his piano version of Catch Me If You Can is included in the Universal 20-CD box set released for Christmas 2023.

Jean-Michel Bernard is officially member of the Academy of Motion picture, Arts and Sciences since 2023.

I love him because he is better than me!” – Ray Charles

I cannot find words to reflect my admiration for his genius” – Lalo Schifrin (Composer of Mission Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Mannix)