Nicolas Neidhardt Plus

Los Angeles - Paris - Berlin

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Nicolas was born in Mainz, Germany in 1963. After studying classical piano and playing in school bands, he moved to Paris in 1983 to become a professional musician and composer. Studying jazz piano and arrangement at the C.I.M. school in Paris and, simultaneously, taking classical lessons with renowned concert pianist Françoise Buffet, he pursued the goal of getting the best of both worlds.

His early interest in music software and synthesizers opened the doors to Paris' recording studios, where he started to work as a programmer, keyboard player and arranger and found himself working next door to Prince, Eurythmics, and Tina Turner. One of his early connections to A-List musicians was drummer Manu Katche, who took the time to play on Nicolas' productions while recording and touring with Peter Gabriel.

Already a busy composer for commercials and songs, Nicolas joined the Canal+ house band Le Groupe. Le Groupe was the back up band for talents such as Seal, Tom Jones, Dee-Dee Bridgewater, Nina Hagen, Vanessa Paradis, and Willy De Ville. Le Groupe was also the house band for the daily prime-time talk show, "Nulle Part Ailleurs," performing more than 1000 shows live on air.

In 1996, Nicolas composed the song, "Dieu m'a donné la foi," his first N°1 Hit in France, and one of the ten best-selling records of the year. Later in 1999, Nicolas opened his recording studio in Montmartre and created the production and publishing company, AKTION ENTERTAINMENT.

Over the years, Nicolas has written music for commercials such as Carte Noire, Peugeot, Renault, and Evian, and collaborated on films, such as Venus Beauty Institute, Absolutely Fabulous, and Baby Blues. He has produced albums for French shooting-stars Jenifer and M. Pokora and was the main composer for one of the most successful French crime series, La Crim'.

In 2007, he recorded and produced his first album as an artist, Moments, focusing on his passion for simple, emotional scoring by performing solo on piano.

Upon moving to the US in 2009, Nicolas played at New York City's Webster Hall and clubs in Brooklyn and the East Village while starting to work on his second solo album in a funky Lower East Side recording studio. Here, he first collaborated with U.S. director Marianne Hettinger on Saint Vitus Dance, which received the "Honorable Mention" Award at the Ventura Film Festival in 2011.

When Nicolas arrived in California, he met film producer Steve Chasman and his wife, French actress and singer Nadia Fares. Nicolas and Nadia quickly began to collaborate on her album, Momentum, which includes hit tracks "Agent Provocateur" and "Got to Reconcile."

Back in his native France, the animated film Titeuf, le Film (part of the selection for the Césars 2012), co-scored by Nicolas, was a big success. The soundtrack includes James Blunt, Johnny Hallyday and Jean-Jaques Goldman. Then came the audience-record breaking documentary Primaires Socialistes, l'improbable scénario, scored by Nicolas and broadcasted on Canal+ in 2011. It is currently nominated for the FIPA 2012.

SONY Music classical will release two of Nicolas' solo piano tracks as part of a compilation featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto and Philip Glass in early 2012.

Nicolas owns recording studios in Paris and Los Angeles. He is trilingual: French, German and English.

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