Gabriel Yared


Oscar-winning composer Gabriel Yared is one of the most well respected composers in film. Yared won an Academy Award for his score to Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient, which also won him a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Grammy. Yared was originally known for his work in French cinema, starting with Jean-Luc Godard, and later Jean-Jacques Beineix. He also composed ballet music for works such as Clavigo for The Paris Opera, and Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl for the Royal Opera Ballet. More recently, he scored Xavier Dolan's sixth feature film, It's Only The End Of The World, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2016. Yared was an official member of the Cannes Film Festival Jury, 2017. He recently finished scoring Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan; The Happy Prince, directed by Rupert Everett; Michel Ocelot's latest film, Dilili à Paris; and Judy, Rupert Goold's biographical drama film about American singer and actress Judy Garland.

Gabriel Yared was born in 1949 and lived in Lebanon for the first eighteen years of his life. He attended a Jesuit boarding school in Beirut where he spent most of his time between the age of 4 and 14. Alongside his studies he learned music on his own, practising on the school organ and reading the repertoire thanks to the musical library of the Jesuits. He was first and foremost fascinated by what he heard and was soon determined to learn the techniques of musical composition, and pursued this by reading the classical repertoire. Although he benefited from a classical education with the great masters, including Dutilleux and Maurice Ohanna, he remains at heart a fervent self-taught musician, open to all kinds of music.

At the end of the 1960s he worked every night in the jazz clubs of Rio de Janeiro for 18 months, and met several Brazilian musicians who had a profound impact upon his music – Ivan Lins, Jorge Bem, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, and many others. During the 1970s Yared collaborated as a song writer and orchestrator with, among others, Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan and the Costa Brothers. He has also written music for dance and says: “I have a love of composing for dance choreography. More so than for cinema, this medium satisfies my needs to compose for the illusion, the imagination. While cinema communicates its message essentially though image and dialogue, ballet on the other hand draws its inspiration from music. Choreography is born from it, music is often the source of dance and movement.”

Since 1980 Yared has devoted most of his time to composing original scores for film, and has worked on over seventy movies to date, including Betty Blue, The Talented Mr Ripley, Sylvia, Cold Mountain and The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella which received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Grammy. Gabriel Yared is a French composer, known for his work in French and American cinema. Yared has often collaborated with the late Anthony Minghella, beginning with the 1996 film The English Patient, which was highly acclaimed and won the Oscar for Best Original Score. Yared scored all subsequent Minghella films, as well as creating the music for the TV series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, created by Minghella and Richard Curtis. Other highlights from Yared’s film work includes City Of Angels, The Next Best Thing, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Lives of Others, A Royal Affair and Chocolat (2016).


  • Gabriel Yared Receives Max Steiner Award

    Gabriel Yared Receives Max Steiner Award

    21st octobre 2019

    Gabriel Yared has been honoured with the Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award as part of the Hollywood in Vienna Gala, which took place on October 19th. The night before receiving the award, the Oscar- and Grammy-winning Yared...

  • Bel hommage rendu le 25 avril dernier par l'UCMF à Gabriel YARED

    Bel hommage rendu le 25 avril dernier par l'UCMF à Gabriel YARED

    20th mai 2019

    Bel hommage rendu le 25 avril dernier à Gabriel YARED, un des plus grands compositeurs de musiques de film. Le prix lui a été remis par son ami et voisin, Jean-Louis Aubert. Beau moment d'émotion et de poésie amicale. Plus d'infos et...

  • B.O: Gabriel Yared / Dilili à Paris

    B.O: Gabriel Yared / Dilili à Paris

    28th février 2019

    « Dilili à Paris » a été récompensé aux César 2019, remportant le prix du meilleur film d'animation. Après "Azur & Asmar" (2006), Gabriel Yared a retrouvé Michel Ocelot pour ce film qui nous immerge dans le Paris de la Belle Epoque. Une...

  • Gabriel Yared et The Music Sales Group

    Gabriel Yared et The Music Sales Group

    25th avril 2018

    Chester Music Limited, représentée en France par Première Music Group, a signé un nouvel accord d'édition sur du long terme avec GABRIEL YARED et a également fait l’acquisition de son back catalogue (Yad Music et Deva Music) comprenant un...

  • Une PALME D’OR, un GRAND PRIX et une CAMERA D’OR….

    Une PALME D’OR, un GRAND PRIX et une CAMERA D’OR….

    24th mai 2016

    Un trés bon palmarès pour nos compositeurs ! PALME D'OR pour KEN LOACH, “I, DANIEL BLAKE” Ken Loach retrouve son compatriote et compositeur attitré, GEORGES FENTON. Voir l’interview donnée par Georges Fenton à Cinezik : « L’épure...