Critics sometimes compare him to Erik Satie, Nino Rota and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. His entire catalogue, including his award-winning film scores, is published by BMG Music Publishing.
The French films La Vie Rêvée des Anges (1998, Erick Zonca), Alice et Martin (1998, André Téchiné), Qui Plume la Lune? (Christine Carrière, 1999), and Amélie ( Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001) as well as the German film Good Bye, Lenin! (2003, Wolfgang Becker), all have music by Tiersen.
Yann Tiersen released a new album on 4 October 2010 named "Dust Lane". Most of it was put together on Ushant Island off the Breton coast, the site of his inspiring holiday home. This sixth creation, with its symphonic rock atmosphere, was completely different from his past work. Steering away from a traditional verse and chorus line structure, the composer plunged into a world of vintage keyboards, analogical textures, electric guitars and backing singers (with chanting from Matt Elliot, Gaelle Kerrien and Syd Matters).
On his million-selling soundtrack album Amelie, Tiersen is credited with playing toy piano alongside more expected instruments such as carillon (glockenspiel), banjo, mandolin, guitar, harpsichord, vibraphone, accordion, piano, bass, and melodica. He studied at the musical academies of Rennes, Nantes, and Boulogne yet despite this classical education cites the Stooges and Joy Division as influences and says he completed his training in rock groups where he experimented with electronic sounds and pop formats.
While Yann Tiersen worked on demos for a more personal album, he met the Canadian artist Shannon Wright in early 2004. They discovered they had similar artistic sensibilities and decided to play together and work on a joint project. November saw the release of "Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright", the fruit of their collaboration, which they performed at Transmusicales festival in Rennes from December 3-5.
Music from his albums Rue Des Cascades, Tout Est Calme (partially recorded in Tiersen’s Paris apartment), and Le Phare (a collection composed during a retreat to Brittany) has been appropriated for Erick Zonca’s La Vie Rêvée Des Anges, André Téchiné’s Alice Et Martin, and Christine Carrière’s Qui Plume La Lune?.
Tiersen rebelled against his classical training and, inspired by the likes of Joy Division and the Stooges, played guitar with several local post-punk-influenced bands during his later teenage years. At the same time, Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays.
Tiersen was raised in Rennes and made a name for himself as one of the star pupils at his local conservatory (despite middling academic grades). Tiersen studied violin and piano from the ages of six to 14, and eventually trained to be a conductor.
Yann Tiersen was born in Brest, France|Brest in the Finistère département in Brittany in northwestern France , in 1970, into a family of Belgian people|Belgian and Norwegians|Norwegian origins. He started learning piano at the age of four, violin at the age of six, and received classical training at several musical academies, including those in Rennes , Nantes , and Boulogne-sur-Mer|Boulogne .
Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a France|French musician. His musical career is split between studio albums, collaborations and film soundtracks with a distinctive sound that is always involved. It can be recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments; primarily the guitar , synthesizer or violin together with instruments like the melodica , xylophone , toy piano , harpsichord , accordion and typewriter .