With his distinctive voice and uniquely memorable themes, French composer Laurent Eyquem has quickly become one of the most talked-about talents to arrive on the film music scene in recent years. Known for his surprising artistic range and melodies of singular beauty, Eyquem is making his mark on the international movie music community, most recently taking home the much-coveted 2018 Public Choice Award from the World Soundtrack Awards.
Eyquem's score for Nostalgia (Varèse Sarabande), directed by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophesies) showcases the emotional, thematic style that has became the trademark of his most successful and engaging works. Organic, vulnerable yet unafraid, Laurent Eyquem's score for Nostalgia provides an unflinching backdrop to tour-de-force performances by a brilliant ensemble cast including Jon Hamm, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern and Catherine Keneer.
The Bordeaux native debuted on the film music scene with his critically acclaimed, award-nominated score for director Lea Pool's Mommy's at the Hairdresser's in 2008. Since that time, Eyquem has gained a reputation with the international film music community for consistently delivering high-quality, richly thematic scores with his work drawing comparisons composing greats such as George Delerue, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry and Alexandre Desplat. His various nominations have placed him alongside film-music legends such as John Williams and Ennio Morricone.
Winner of the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) Breakthrough Composer of the Year award in 2013, Eyquem's scores for Copperhead (Varèse Sarabande) and Winnie Mandela (Sony-RCA) garnered multiple nominations from around the world, including three nods from the IFMCA (Breakthrough Composer of the Year; Best Original Score for a Drama Film; Composer of the Year), and the much-coveted Discovery of the Year nomination from the World Soundtrack Academy.
Laurent's success as a composer has come about in the face of what can only be described as personal tragedy. The death of his younger sister and only sibling in the crash of the Air France Concorde was almost immediately followed by the death of his father - a clarinetist with the Bordeaux orchestra and Eyquem's musical mentor. Still reeling from these losses, Laurent endured a nightmare of his own -a near-fatal, 30-foot fall that almost cost him his right arm. A series of surgeries, 2 years of daily physiotherapy and sheer force of will restored Eyquem physically -but it was the subsequent decision to make a full-time commitment to the composer's life that brought about complete recovery.
Today, Laurent channels his life experience into eloquent and powerful music for film, with more than 30 films and series to his credit, and 9 complete soundtracks released. His reputation with producers and directors is that of a versatile, prolific and collaborative composer with a solid understanding and respect for the business demands and realities of international film production. As an artist, Eyquem is known for his original, melodic and lyrical style that enhances the emotional weight of the visuals it supports.Laurent is lead orchestrator and conductor on all his projects, and has had the great fortune to conduct and record his projects with soloists, symphonic orchestras and choirs from around the globe.