Bruno Coulais is a French composer and three-time César winner born in Paris in 1954. After a classical music education on the piano and violin, his passon for music composition truly awoke. In 1977, French director François Reichenbach approached him to score his documentary México Mágico (1979). Subsequently, he continued down the path of film scoring and worked on several television projects, among others Les nuiteux (1994), La rivière espérance (1995), The Count of Monte-Cristo (Le comte de Monte-Cristo) (1998) and Balzac (1999). In 1996, he collaborates on Claude Nuridsany's and Marie Pérennou's documentary Microcosmos (Microcosmos : Le peuple de l'herbe) which becomes hugely successful and turns Bruno Coulais into one of the most sought after composers of French cinema, winning him the César for Best Original Music in 1997. Two years later, he won his second César for the original score of Himalaya (1999). Following the turn of the millenium, his music becomes synonymous with French blockbuster cinema, his scores featuring on The Crimson Rivers (Les rivières pourpres) (2000), Belphegor, Phantom of the Louvre (Belphégor - Le phantôme du Louvre) (2001) or Vidocq (2001). Still, he keeps working on more intimate project such as Winged Migration (Le peuple migrateur) (2001). Beyond film scores, Bruno Coulais also created a children's opera, collaborated with rapper Akhenaton and the Corsican group A Filetta, and conducted his Stabat Mater at the Saint-Denis cathedral in 2005.
Coulais's scoring work isn't limited to French productions, however. He composed scores for international films as well, working on The Secret of Kells (2009), Coraline (2009) and The Song of the Sea (2014). His latest project is the score for Luxembourgish director Alexandre Espigares's animation film White Fang (2018).