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Yared at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
7 October 1949 |
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Yared went on to score the French films Betty Blue and Camille Claudel. He later worked on English language films, particularly those directed by Anthony Minghella. He won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his work on The English Patient (1996) and was nominated for both The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).
Life and career
At the age of 7, his father sent Yared to an accordion teacher. Two years later he stopped his accordion lessons and started music theory and piano lessons. Although he was not necessarily a gifted pianist, Yared was interested in reading music. When Yared was 14, his piano teacher died and he replaced him as the organist of Université Saint-Joseph. He used the university's library to read the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, and many other composers. This extensive reading inspired his first original composition, a piano waltz.
Yared gained a degree in law and did not formally study music at the university level until he traveled to France in 1969 to attend the École Normale de Musique de Paris as a non-registered student. There he learned the rules of music composition from Henri Dutilleux.
At the end of 1971, Yared went to Brazil to visit his uncle and was asked by the president of the World Federation of Light Music Festivals to write a song to represent the Lebanese in the Rio de Janeiro Song Festival. The song he composed went on to win first prize. While in Brazil, he also performed with a small orchestra. Yared subsequently said that his time in Brazil greatly influenced his work.
He then went back to France, where he met and collaborated with the Costa Brothers, Jacques Dutronc, Françoise Hardy, Charles Aznavour, Mireille Mathieu, and numerous other musicians. This was a prolific period for the composer and he wrote nearly three thousand pieces over a span of about six years. His contributions included a number of radio and TV jingles, such as TF1 news jingles and an episode on the series In the Tracks of.
Yared is best known for his collaborations with the late Anthony Minghella. His first collaboration with Minghella was the 1996 film The English Patient, which was highly acclaimed and won him an Oscar for Best Original Score. He composed the scores for all of Minghella's subsequent films and the music for the television series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, co-created by Minghella and Richard Curtis.
Aside from his work with Minghella, Yared scored a number of other films, including Betty Blue (1986), City of Angels (1998), Message in a Bottle (1999), Autumn in New York (2000), The Next Best Thing (2000), Possession (2002), and Bon Voyage (2003).
In 2004, Yared's score for the film Troy was rejected less than a month before the film's opening as a result of the poor reception by a test screening audience. The test audience were said to have found Yared's music too "brassy and bold". James Horner, the composer of the scores for such films as Braveheart and Titanic was then hired to create a replacement score in less than four weeks.
Yared expressed his dismay at the score's rejection in an open letter which was posted on his website. He said that the score which the test audience had heard was not yet finished and mixed properly, and that the studio had given him no opportunity to alter his score in light of the audience's reaction.
Warner Bros. still owns the rights to Yared's Troy score and an official recording is not currently available and may never be (although selections from the score were briefly posted on Yared's website and private promotional CD).
Film score critic Christian Clemmensen of Filmtracks.com felt that Yared's work for Troy was far superior to what Horner had written, giving Horner's score a 3-star rating and Yared's a 5-star rating, saying that it was "outstanding," and called it the "pinnacle of Yared's career." 
Yared created the score to the narrative ballet Raven Girl choreographed to the Royal Ballet by Wayne McGregor after the story by Audrey Niffenegger.
- Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980) Music
- Dangerous Moves (1984) Music
- Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!! (1985) Music
- 37°2 le matin [Betty Blue] (1986) Music
- Beyond Therapy (1987) Music
- Agent trouble (1987) Music
- L'homme voilé (1987) Music
- Camille Claudel (1989) Music
- Clean and Sober (1988) Music
- Gandahar (1988) Music (not in US dubbed version Light Years)
- Une nuit à l'Assemblée Nationale (1988)
- Romero (1989) Music
- Les 1001 Nuits (1990) Music
- Vincent & Theo (1990) Music
- The King's Whore (1990) Music
- Tatie Danielle (1991) Music and theme song "The Complaint of the Old Bitch" (sung by Catherine Ringer)
- L'Amant [The Lover] (1992) Music
- La Fille de l'air (1992) Music
- Map of the Human Heart (1993) Music
- The English Patient (1996) Original Music
- City of Angels (1998) Music and Orchestrations
- Message in a Bottle (1999) Music and Orchestrations
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Music, Orchestrations and songs
- Autumn in New York (2000) Composed and Conductor
- The Next Best Thing (2000) Music, Conductor and Orchestrations
- Possession (2002) Composer, Conductor and Orchestrations
- Bon voyage (2003) Music
- Cold Mountain (2003) Composed and Orchestrations
- Sylvia (2003) Composer
- Shall We Dance? (2004) Music
- Troy (2004) Composed and Orchestrated (Music Rejected from Final Film)
- Das Leben der Anderen (2006) Music
- Azur and Asmar (2006) Music
- Breaking and Entering (2006) Music (with Underworld)
- 1408 (2007) Music
- Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009) Original music
- Amelia (2009) Original music
- The Hedgehog (2009) Original music
- The Tourist (2010) Original music - Score rejected; replaced by James Newton Howard. The movie does carry his track "Dance in F"
- In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) Original music
- A Royal Affair (2012) Co-composed with Cyrille Aufort
- Haute Cuisine (French original title: Les Saveurs du Palais)(2012) Original music
- Belle du Seigneur (2012) Original Music
- The Prophet (2014) Original music
- By the Sea (2015) Original music
- Chocolat (2016)
- It's Only the End of the World (2016)
- The Promise (2016)
- The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (2018)
Awards and nominations
Yared has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score on three occasions. He won for The English Patient in 1996. He was also nominated for The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003), but lost to John Corigliano and Howard Shore, respectively. He has also received three Golden Globe and three BAFTA nominations for the same films, and won both awards for The English Patient.
He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, again winning for The English Patient.
- "Atli Örvarsson to Score 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'". Film Music Reporter. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "Troy (Gabriel Yared/James Horner)". Filmtracks. 2004-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- Mackrell, Judith (17 May 2013). "This week's new dance". The Guardian. London, England. Retrieved 22 May 2013.