French composer Gabriel Yared made his Royal Ballet debut in 2013, composing the score for Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl.
Yared was born in Beirut and lived in Lebanon until he was 17. He discovered his passion for music at a young age and was able to explore it further at the Saint Joseph University, Beirut, where he studied law. After a stay in Brazil he settled in Paris in 1972, and enrolled at the Ecole Normale de Musique where he studied composition with Henri Dutilleux and orchestration with Maurice Ohana. He went on to work as a composer, orchestrator and producer for such artists as Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Halliday, Françoise Hardy and Mina, and as a composer for advertising and media. In 1980 he scored his first film, Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve qui peut (la vie), and has since won many awards for his more than a hundred subsequent film scores. He came to international prominence in 1997 when he won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award, among other accolades, for his score for The English Patient, directed by Anthony Minghella.
Yared’s scores for ballet include Roland Petit’s Le Diable amoureux (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées) and Clavigo (Paris Opera Ballet), and Carolyn Carlson’s Shamrock (Het Nationale Ballet) and Vu d’ici (Théâtre du Châtelet).
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