Bruno FONTAINE (France)

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Fonction: Composer / Pianist / Conductor

Bruno Fontaine is a concert pianist, conductor, arranger and composer, a versatile artist who epitomises the wide outlook of twenty-first-century artists.  Mille Fontaine' (A Thousand Fontaines) was the heading of an article about his extraordinary eclecticism written by the journalist Philip de La Croix.
Born in Épinal, Bruno Fontaine took up the piano at the age of four and at the unusually early age of eleven was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM), where his teachers included Jean Hubeau and Pierre Sancan. He left the CNSM at fifteen with five premiers prix, no less, then travelled to the United States, where he met and worked with Don Costa, Franck Sinatra's famous arranger, which confirmed his taste for getting to know other types of music.
A whole series of artistic collaborations followed.
In 2004 and 2005, Bruno Fontaine and the french actor Jean Rochefort, gave over 160 performances in Paris and the French provinces of a show entitled Heureux, with music by Erik Satie.
In 1997 Bruno Fontaine was invited by film director Alain Resnais to put together the music for the film « On connaît la chanson », which was nominated the following year for both the French Music Awards (Victoires') and the French Film Awards (Césars'). Subsequently he provided new arrangements and original music for another Resnais film, Pas sur la bouche (2003). He also composed the music for « Tangos volés » (Eduardo de Gregorio), « La vie ne me fait pas peur » (Noémie Lvovsky), « Ça ira mieux demain », « C'est le bouquet » and « Cause toujours » (all three Jeanne Labrune), and in 2009 and 2010, «Sur Sourire » (Stijn Coninx) and  « Cavaliers seuls » (Delphine Gleize and Jean Rochefort).
From April to July 2011, Bruno Fontaine conducted the new production of Weill's « Three Pennys Opera », staged by Laurent Pelly at the prestigious Comédie Française in Paris.
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