Thierry Durbet

Born: March 31st, 1954, Aubenas (France)
Nationality: French

Since the second half of the 1970s, Thierry Durbet has been an arranger for many different French artists, including Gilbert Bécaud, Jeane Manson, Patricia Kaas, Stephanie, Dave, and Dionne Warwick. Towards the end of the 1980s, he made a couple of albums with François Feldman. Playing the piano, keyboards, or synthesizer, he accompanied Patrick Bruel, Bruno Grimaldi, Jean-Jacques Goldman, and Ofra Haza during recording sessions. In the 1980s, Durbet released a couple of albums with instrumentals in the electro pop genre, always in collaboration with Laurent Thierry-Mieg; they came up with a track called ‘Baby rock’ which knew some success. Durbet also composed jingles (most importantly that of CNN’s sports magazine) and music for advertisements. As an arranger and composer, he was involved in writing film soundtracks, including ‘L’homme au chapeau de soie’ (1983).

Thierry Durbet arranged and conducted the 1990 Luxembourg entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Quand je te rêve’, a powerful pop ballad written by Jean-Charles France and Thierry Délianis and sung by a young singer from Southern France, Céline Carzo. The juries slightly underestimated both singer and song; Luxembourg finished thirteenth.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Thierry Durbet will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1990: Quand je te rêve