Bruno Coulais was born on January 13, 1954 in Paris, France. Bruno began his musical education on the violin and piano, aiming to become a composer of contemporary classical music. However, a series of acquaintances gradually re-oriented him towards film music. Coulais met François Reichenbach, who asked him in 1977 to score his documentary “México mágico”. After that he composed the first soundtracks for Jacques Davila. Until the end of the 1990s, he remained low-profile, composing mainly for television. His name can often be found on TV films by Gérard Marx and Laurent Heynemann. He also composed the soundtracks for Christine Pascal's 1992 film “Le petit prince a dit”, and Agnès Merlet's “Le fils du requin” in 1993.
The big turning point of his career came in 1996, when he worked with directors Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou on the documentary “Microcosmos”. This single film, which gave a great significance to the music in it, was a great success and made Coulais one of the most wanted composers of French film music. In 1997, he won the César award for the best musical score in a film, as well as a Victoire de la Musique. His reputation was confirmed by the soundtracks to “Himalaya” (1999) and “Les rivières pourpres” (2000), and after that Bruno Coulais's name was to be found on most new French blockbusters, such as “Belphégor, Phantom of the Louvre” and “Vidocq” (both 2001).
In 2008 he scored James Huth’s Euro-western “Lucky Luke” starring Jean Dujardin and in 2009 he collaborated with Irish band Kíla to produce the soundtrack for the animated feature film The “Secret of Kells”
His last credited score is for the TV film ‘La rupture’ in 2013.
Today we celebrate Bruno Coulais’ 60th birthday.
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