Alexandre Desplat, whose full name is Alexandre Michel Gérard Desplat, is a music composer, Conductor, and an Orchestrator of French descent. He births date fell on August 23, 1961, in the capital city of France. His father and mother met in University of California, Berkeley, and fell in love.
He has two siblings Marie-Christine and Rosalinda Desplat. Marie is the lead vocalist of a jazz band too. From an early age, he began to inclination towards music and would love to play piano, flute, and trumpet. Alexandre trained under Jack Hayes, Claude Ballif, and Iannis Xenakis.
Growing up, he would listen to songs from a wide range and genres like jazz, contemporary classical, Romanticism, and much more. All this varieties inspired him. He would look up to Ray Lema, Ravel, Carlinhos Brown, and Debussy.
Desplat loved watching films and wanted to compose music for it. In 1986, he worked on his first movie named Le soufflé. While working on it, he met Dominique Lemonnier, who he started to revere for her body of work and fell in love with her.
They married soon after. He has worked not only in French Film industry but also in Hollywood. He has composed for more than hundred motion pictures Some of his works include Sweet Revenge, Lapse of Memory, The Luzhin Defence, Les Péchés Mortels, The Upside of Anger, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, The Painted Veil, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Julie & Julia, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Un Héros Très Discret, Tous les chagrins se resembling, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Rise of the Guardians, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Light Between Oceans, The Secret Life of Pets, Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad, Ségo et Sarko sont dans un bateau, and much more. He has also worked on plays.
He has performed at the London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has given lessons at the Royal College of Music, London and La Sorbonne in Paris. His songs have win nominations at most of the prestigious award ceremonies several times. He has won the Academy, Satellite, and Golden Globe Award once each, César Awards thrice and British Academy Film and Grammy Awards twice.