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The official website of award winning composer Michel Legrand.
French born composer and pianist Michel Legrand has been writing, arranging and performing music for over half a century. Some of his most famous compositions and collaborations, with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, created modern standards such as “The Windmills of Your Mind”, “The Summer of ’42”, “What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?”, “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” and “The Summer Knows”.
Michel Legrand has scored musical soundtracks for countless movies across the globe. Among the most famous of these are the Oscar winning “Summer of ’42”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Ice Station Zebra”, “Yentl”, “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” (English translation : “The Young Ladies of Rochefort”) and “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” (English translation: “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”).
Michel Legrand’s incredible musical craftmanship has enabled him to work with some of the music world’s biggest stars. Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Andy Williams, Lena Horne, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Liza Minelli, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Nana Mouskouri, Kiri Te Kanawa, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Alison Moyet, Stephane Grappelli, Phil Woods, Sting, George Benson, and Natalie Dessay are some of the world famous names that Michel Legrand has made beautiful music with. In 2011 Michel Legrand recorded an album of Christmas songs with artists such as Mika, Iggy Pop, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Coeur de Pirate, Rufus Wainwright, Jamie Cullum, Madeleine Peyroux, Emilie Simon, M, Ayo and Olivia Ruiz. This was followed in 2013 by ‘Entre Elle et Lui” a beautiful collection of Michel’s songs sung by Natalie Dessay, which has gone on to achieve great critical and commercial success.
Michel Legrand has also written the scores for a number of musicals for theatre. “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort”, “Amour”, “Marguerite” and most recently “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” have variously graced stages in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Helsinki and London.
In 2010 Michel Legrand celebrated 50 years in showbusiness with a star-studded tribute concert at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA. Michel played onstage with special guests Dionne Warwick, George Benson, Frank Sinatra Jr, Andy Williams, Melissa Manchester, Patti Page, Mario Pelchat, Jon Voight, Jerry Lewis and Jennifer O’Neill.
Michel Legrand reached his 80th Birthday in February 2012. Instead of slowing down, Michel decided to embark on a commemorative world tour. Throughout 2014 he will perform concerts in France, Ireland, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, USA, Denmark, and The Netherlands.
Michel Legrand is managed exclusively worldwide by City Lights Entertainment UK.
Michel Legrand pictured at Cannes Festival 2017.
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