Michel Cusson is a critically acclaimed, world-renowned musician, music director and film music composer. Initially trained as a jazz-rock guitarist at the prestigious music departments of Montreal’s McGill University and Boston’s Berklee College of music, Cusson transitioned into film composition in the early 90’s. Cusson is the founder of the jazz-rock group UZEB.
His extraordinary and prolific body of work includes musical arrangements on some of Canada and Quebec’s most iconic, award-winning television programs, cinema and IMAX 3D films including Aurore (Luc Dionne), Maurice Richard and Séraphin – Un Homme et son Péché (Charles Binamé), Riopelle Sans Titre (Pierre Houle), and the IMAX films Legends of Flight, Ultimate Wave Tahiti, Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea (Stephen Low), Dinosaurs Alive (David Clark / Bayley Silleck), and Wolves (David Douglas). Cusson has also collaborated on several important international films including France’s Père et fils (Michel Boujenah) and Israel’s Metallic Blues (Danny Verete).
His television credits comprise co-writing (with Richard Grégoire) original music for A & E’s celebrated historical series Napoleon (Yves Simoneau) and the cult classic, writing original music for mafia drama Omertà, the second most popular series in Quebec television history. In 2003, the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television honored Cusson with a prestigious Prix des Immortels de la télé for the original soundtrack of the multi-award-winning television series.
Cusson also composed music for many mega-shows all over the world. Two horse shows: Cavalia touring worldwide for more than 8 years, and Odysseo a new creation. Ulalena ( 12 years in Hawaii), Era ( 6 years) and the new Kaleido ( both in Shanghai, China) have been seen by thousands of spectators.
His extraordinary work and achievements have been distinguished with 14 Felix Awards, 7 SOCAN Awards, 1 Jutra Award, 6 Gémeaux Awards and a Gemini. In 2006, he was given the illustrious Chevalier de la Pléiade distinction, for outstanding cultural achievement for serving the ideals of cooperation and friendship of the Francophonie.
The global breadth and quality of Cusson’s melodic contributions (25 films and 19 television series) and his musical versatility has established him as one of the most sought-after composers in the world.