"This guy is a genius" said Ray Charles. Jean-Michel Bernard began playing piano at the age of 2. He won his first prizes in the Music Conservatory at 14, before his degree as a concert artist in Paris Music Institute.. He recorded with the Royal Philharmonic orchestra of London at the age of 19 while pursuing his jazzman career. Then, he became the concert tour partner of Ray Charles and learnt film music with Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin and Zubin Mehta.
He worked for Claude Chabrol, particularly for “Madame Bovary”, Roland Joffé (“Vattel”), François Dupeyron (“La Chambre des officiers”), Francis Veber, Etienne Chatilliez and also Martin Scorsese in “Hugo Cabret”. His success in the seventh art started with his collaboration with Michel Gondry. Thanks to this friendship three soundtracks were issued: “Human Nature”, “Soyez sympa rembobinez” et “La Science des rêves” and he won the France Music/UCMF 2009 prize during the Cannes Festival. Then the collaboration continued between Jean-Michel Bernard and Michel Gondry on the movie “Microbe et gasoil” with Audrey Tautou.
In 2014 he signed the film music of Fanny Ardant’s “Cadence obstinées”, Joël Hopkins’s “Duo d’escrocs” and a new album “jazz for dog” with Kimiko Ono. He creates the music to image class at the new Conservatory of Paris sponsored by his friend Francis Lai. In 2015 he signed the soundtracks of “Trois soeurs” by Anne Giafferi, with Marthe Keller, Isabelle Carré , Ines Sastre and “Ange et Gabrielle” also with Anne Giafferi and Isabelle Carré and Patrick Bruel.
He was awarded the UCMF Film Music Award for Best Film Score at the Cannes Festival 2007.
Filmography (non-exhaustive list):
-Hugo Cabret - Martin Scorsese (2011)
- L'Oncle Charles - Etienne Chatillez (2011)
- L'Emmerdeur - Francis Veber (2008)
- Ca$h - Éric Besnard (2008)
- Be Kind Rewind - Michel Gondry (2008)
- The Science of Sleep - Michel Gondry (2006)
- Human Nature - Michel Gondry (2000)
- Jours Tranquilles à Clichy - Claude Chabrol (1990)