Born in 1972, Nathaniel Méchaly studied the cello, chamber music, and electro acoustic composing in Paris, Marseille, and Boulogne National Academies of Music. He composed his first cinematic score in 2004 for Raphaël Nadjari’s film Avanim, and later went on to compose music for many other films including Revolver by Guy Ritchie. He also contributed to the success of the Taken trilogy (1, 2 and 3) for which he won 3 BMI Awards in London and L.A. and has composed many original TV and radio idents and themes for Cinecinema, Paris Premiere, TF1 Jeunesse, France 3, Arte, Radio France. Nathaniel is also an accomplished composer for theatre and contemporary dance.
In 2014, Nathaniel and co-composer Shigeru Umebayashi were awarded Best Composer at the 8th Asian Film Festival and Best Original Soundtrack at the 33rd Hong-Kong Film Festival for their work on The Grandmaster, directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Nathaniel teamed up with Wong Kar-Wai again for his 2017 film, See You Tomorrow. In 2018, he signed the score of Netflix’s first French docu-series, 13 Novembre, directed by Jules and Gédéon Naudet. Since then, he composed for Fox Hunt by Leo Zhang and Seule by Jérôme Dassier, as well as the series Syndrome E, which began airing in 2021.