is one of the most talented composers, arrangers, and producers working in music today. Born in Paris, Serra began playing the guitar at age 11, and by age 15 he was playing professionally with recording artists such as Didier Lockwood, Catherine Lara, and Youssou N'Dour
. In 1981 he began playing bass guitar and conducting for French singer Jacques Higelin, and worked with him for many years.
It was around that time that Serra first met French film director Luc Besson. Besson asked Serra to compose the music for his first film, The Last Battle, and a remarkable collaboration between the two men was born. Serra has composed, arranged, and produced the score for every Besson film: The Last Battle (1982), Subway (1984), The Big Blue (1988), La Femme Nikita (1990), Atlantis (1991), The Professional (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), and The Messenger (1999). He won a César (the French Oscar) for his work on The Big Blue, and won the Victoire de la Musique (a French music award) for the films Subway, The Big Blue, and The Professional.
Serra's other credits include producing Doudou N'Diaye Rose's first album. He was the composer, arranger, and producer on the James Bond film GoldenEye, for which he won a BMI Film Music Award. In 1998 he released his first solo album, RXRA, which he produced with Rupert Hine. He co-produced the French version of the Tarzan soundtrack with Phil Collins and served as composer, arranger, and producer on the films L'Art Délicat de la Séduction and Wasabi.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.
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