Alexandre Desplat was born on August 23, 1961, in Paris, France. He studied with Claude Ballif and Iannis Xenakis in France, and Jack Hayes in the United States. He is a famous French Film Composer.
Desplat debuted as a film composer in the film Le souffleur, in 1986; however, he got his major breakthrough in 2003 with the soundtrack for the film Girl with a Pearl Earring. He then went on to became an accomplished film composer with successful films like The Queen, The Golden Compass, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 & Part 2, The King’s Speech, The Danish Girl, Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, Rise of the Guardians, Zero Dark Thirty, Godzilla, The Imitation Game, Unbroken, The Secret Life of Pets, Isle of Dogs, The Luzhin Defence, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Syriana, Birth, Hostage, Casanova, The Nest and among many others. He has been the recipient of two Academy Awards, for his compositions in the films The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Shape of Water, and received eight additional Academy Award nominations, eight César nominations (winning three), nine BAFTA nominations (winning three), ten Golden Globe Award nominations (winning two), and six Grammy nominations (winning two).
Some of his notable songs include:
Meet Me on the Equinox
Calling the Guardians
A New Beginning
In the Chamber of Secrets
Desplat met violinist Dominique Lemonnier while recording the music for his first film. The couple later got married. They have two daughters named Antonia Desplat and Ninon Desplat. Besides Hollywood films, he has also composed music for French cinema including Lapse of Memory (1992), Family Express (1992), Regarde Les Hommes Tomber (1994), Les Péchés Mortels (1995), César-nominated Un Héros Très Discret (1996), Une Minute de Silence (1998), Sweet Revenge (1998), Le Château des Singes (1999), Reines d’un Jour (2001), the César-nominated Sur mes lèvres (2002), Rire et Châtiment (2003), and many others.