Yann Tiersen rose to the front rank of film composers with the irresistible Amelie, but he's keen to stress that he'd recorded for years prior to that. He's collaborated with The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, among others, and sells out the Royal Festival Hall in his own right. Goodbye Lenin!, directed by Wolfgang Becker, won awards at Berlin this spring, and Tiersen's score is a chest-swelling thing of beauty and a million violins. Actually, 17 violins—I've just checked. Yann himself plays piano, melodica and violin—so that makes 18. Claire Pichet is guest vocalist.

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Yann Tiersen rose to the front rank of film composers with the irresistible Amelie, but he’s keen to stress that he’d recorded for years prior to that. He’s collaborated with The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, among others, and sells out the Royal Festival Hall in his own right. Goodbye Lenin!, directed by Wolfgang Becker, won awards at Berlin this spring, and Tiersen’s score is a chest-swelling thing of beauty and a million violins. Actually, 17 violins?I’ve just checked. Yann himself plays piano, melodica and violin?so that makes 18. Claire Pichet is guest vocalist. This man will be the Gabriel Yared of the decade if he plays his cards (and violins) right.