I like to know for whom I’m writing – it makes the composition easier to do.
I was very young, maybe five. The opera was very… I was attracted to opera to the point that I think it’s the reason I started to write music for films. I never studied. There are film and music school that teach you how to write music. I never studied that. But the influence of opera, which is a combination of storyline, visuals, staging, plus music… that was perhaps the best school I could have had. That’s what gave me the idea of coming to Hollywood to write music for films.
My father, my uncles, my aunts, from my father’s side and my mother’s side… they were all professional musicians. My father was a concert master, he took me to a lot of rehearsals, concerts, performances, opera, ballet. For me, that was life.