Michel Korb


Michel Korb

Michel Korb first studied the piano, then the flute, before turning to composition. He finished his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and, in 1984, was awarded his diploma in film scoring.



While following a jazz programme, Michel Korb came to explore various other areas of music, including world music, classical music and electronic music. This led him to work with Didier Malherbe, Renaud Pion, Philippe Smadje and Roland Romanelli. Progressively, his love for music drew him more and more into cinema.

To date, he has composed the scores to several feature length films, including :
  Les Quatre Saisons d’Espigoule by Christian Philibert (awarded prizes at the film festivals of Mannheim, Belfort and at the ‘O’vue sur les docks’ festival in Marseille in 1998),
  Tet’grénne by Christian Grandman (nominated Best Caribbean Film at the Fespaco Film Festival in 2002),
  The Heat’s On by Christian Philibert (awarded the prize for the best work of fiction at the Namur Festival in 2003),
  Vodka Lemon by Hiner Saleem (winner of the San Marco Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2003),
  To Take a Wife by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz (winner of the Venice Film Festival Audience Award in 2004), and recently,
  Le Temps d’un Regard by Ilan Flammer.

He has also composed music for over thirty documentary films, television films and short films, in particular for :
  The Death of Tau, a short, animated film by Jérôme Boulbès (awarded Best Animated European Film at the Sitges Festival in 2002),
  News From the L Project, a short film by Samuel Benchetrit,
  Emergence, a short, animated film by Jérôme Boulbès,
  Le Rire du Bourreau, a short film by Elsa Chabrol,
  The Well, a short, animated film by Jérôme Boulbès (nominated for Best Short Film at the Cesar Awards in 2001, awarded an Imagina Prize in 2000, and also a prizewinner at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival in 2000),
  Malveillos, It Is Midnight Dolly, a short film by Kram and Plof (a prizewinner at the Avoriaz Film Festival in 1993),
  Mahal, a documentary by Didier Martiny.

He has composed for the theatre, and has worked with Anne Kreis (for the play Dialogue de bêtes), Le Quatuor and Daniel Mesguish.

In songwriting, he works as a composer and arranger with Rachel Desbois, Francis Lemarque and the band “Emigrante”, with whom he also works as an artistic director.

He has conducted for several orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the European Orchestra.