Jean-Yves Thibaudet - "Stars & Butterflies"
Marianelli was born in Pisa, Italy. He came from a musically inclined family and learned the piano at a young age, before moving into other musical instruments. He studied piano and composition in Florence and London. After a year as a postgraduate composer at the Guildhall School of Music, he took up a 3 year post-graduate program at the National Film and Television School in London, from which he graduated in 1997. During his time there, he undertook small projects, composing for concerts and theatre productions. Marianelli then received film projects such as Ailsa and Pandaemonium which caught the eye of director Joe Wright who would later contact Marianelli to score his 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. The duo would then go on to work on Wright's subsequent films which includes Atonement, The Soloist, Anna Karenina, and Darkest Hour.
In 2008, Marianelli won both the Academy Award for Original Music Score and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score for his score on Atonement. His other Academy Award nominations are for Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina.
In a 2019 article concerning film composing, Marianelli said: "Writing music professionally is a hard occupation, and writing for media definitely not for the fainthearted. One has to be able to enjoy the pain, in order to be able to carry on successfully. I think one of the hardest things to deal with, working as a composer involved in media, is the anxiety that comes from being in quite a vulnerable position."
Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and, three years later, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. Among his numerous commendations is the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honour given by France’s Victoires de la Musique. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.
For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed world-wide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire – from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns; to Khachaturian and Gershwin, and to contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the very start of his career, he delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, which he transcribed himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships crisscross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.
So today, with the butterfly migration in full flutter, I choose Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Dario Marianelli’s "Stars & Butterflies" from his Academy Award Nominated score for Pride & Prejudice, as my, find your little magic, flutter by, like sunlight sparkling on the ocean, song for a, with these wings I will give you flight, color my world, stir my insides, Tuesday.