Vladimir Cosma (born April 13, 1940) is a Romanian composer, conductor and violinist, born in Bucharest, Romania. He was born in a family of musicians of Jewish origin - his father Teodor (Theodor) Cosma was a pianist and conductor, mother was a composer and his uncle Edgar Cosma was a composer and conductor. Vladimir Cosma studied music in Bucharest and in 1963 moved to Paris to continue his musical education at The École Normale de Musique de Paris under Nadia Boulanger's guidance. He has written the music for many well known French movies (such as La Boum, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob...) since the early 1970s. Thème de Nadia, his romantic Balalaika love theme from the mini-series Michel Strogoff (1975), became a hit in Europe, performed and recorded many times. The rare 1992 CD-album of the soundtrack sells at extremely high prices when available. He is also famous for the incidental music he composed for Jean-Jacques Beineix's 1981 film Diva, featuring impressionistic piano pieces in the style of Erik Satie. His compositions also include such works for the concert hall as his Trois mouvements d’été for orchestra. One of his compositions was reworked by German trance musician DJ Sakin in 1999, with the track reaching the Top 20 in the UK. He was also the original composer for the animated French TV series Les Mondes Engloutis (known in English speaking territories as "Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea") Since 1963 he has lived in Paris, France.
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