Hollywood in Vienna CEO and Founder Sandra Tomek announced today that Alexandre Desplat will receive the 2016 Max Steiner Award. The ninth annual film music gala, Hollywood in Vienna, will take place October 14th, 2016 at the historic Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) in Vienna, Austria.

"His elegant compositions and his rare versatility make Alexandre Desplat one of the most sought-after composers of our time", says Tomek. "He has a unique gift to always find a nuanced emotional tone that captures the audience and supports the film, which he has proven over and over again."

Academy Award-Winner Alexandre, with over a hundred scores and numerous awards to his credit, is one of the most-worthy heirs to the French film scoring masters. Inspired by the works of Maurice Jarre, Bernard Herrmann, Nino Rota and Georges Delerue, he expressed his desire to compose for film early on, but really made his decision after listening to John Williams.

"In my early teens, I started collecting soundtrack albums. Soon I knew who was who—from [Max] Steiner and [Franz] Waxman to more recent composers like Maurice Jarre and Georges Delerue. I learnt so much from them", said Alexandre Desplat in a 2014 BBC interview.

His work will be performed by the world-class ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, chief conductor of the Boston Pops.

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