Biographie Bruno Fontaine

Bruno Fontaine
From 1986-1989 Bruno Fontaine collaborated as musical director with three major French pop and rock artists : Alain Chamfort, Mylène Farmer and Johnny Hallyday In Paris, 1990 he collaborated on the concept and production of the very successful original work entitled “Lambert Wilson Chante” for which he signed both the arrangements and musical direction.

His encounter in 1992 with Ute Lemper led to a prosperous alliance as both producer and arranger beginning with her album “Illusions” recorded in London which won in 1993 the “Académie Charles Cros prize. He also accompanied Ute as pianist for the world tour of “Illusions” with performances in Japan, Australia, USA and Europe.

In 1994, he produced and arranged for Ute Lemper a second album entitled “City of Strangers” . Commissioned by Sony Classical in 1996 Bruno Fontaine arranged and conducted an album featuring the guitarist John Williams with the London Symphony Orchestra.. In April 1997 he arranged and produced a CD for the label Virgin classic of the French actor and singer Lambert Wilson which was followed by a three week run at Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. In May 1997, he arranged and produced another CD released by Erato/Warner for the German actress/singer Hanna Schygulla performing works by R.W. Fassbinder 1997 also marked Bruno FONTAINE’s composing career dud to an encounter with French film director Alain Resnais who commissioned an original score for the musical motion picture : “On connait la chanson”, a score for which Bruno Fontaine obtained in 1998 two nominations ; the French Motion Picture Awards and the French Music Awards. In January 1999, Bruno collaborated with multi-instrumentalist Michel Portal for the world premiere of a symphonic work: “Cinco de la tarde” , a tribute to the late Astor Piazzola. Bruno Fontaine's most recent compositions include Round TM', a tribute to Thelonious Monk, premiered by jazz saxophonist, Louis Sclavis and the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux at the Champs Elysées Theater in December 2001.

He also composed two symphonic suites entitled Hulophonies. These works were inspired by the movies of Jacques Tati and created for the Cannes Film Festival in 2002 with the Orchestre de Cannes conducted by Philippe Bender and performed by the French actors Macha Makeieff and Jérôme Deschamps.

Bruno Fontaine is also credited for the following original film scores: “La vie ne me fait pas peur” directed by Noémie Lvovsky, Tangos volés directed by Eduardo De Gregorio, Ca ira mieux demain and C'est le bouquet directed by Jeanne Labrune. Bruno Fontaine performs regularly with Françoise Pollet, Wilhelmenia Fernandez, and Katarina Jovanovic, Sonia Wieder Atherton, Miguel Da Silva and Guillaume Sutre, the Ysaye Quartet and Michel Portal.

Recent solo appearances include collaborations with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Orchestre de Cannes and the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, under the batons of Yutaka Sado, Philippe Bender and Edmon Colomer.

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