Hugo de Chaire is an award-winning British composer working in Film and Television, based in Los Angeles and the UK. He has collaborated with directors including ®Academy Award-nominated director-writer James Dearden, Gilles Paquet-Brenner and ®Oscar-winning writer-producer Julian Fellowes.
Hugo has worked on films that have featured some of the industry’s most exceptional on-screen talent and he has recorded his scores with world-renowned orchestras and players, including Berlin Philharmonic and Deutsche Symphony at Teldex Berlin, Max Steiner Orchestra at Synchron Stage, Vienna, and London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic at Abbey Road, London.
Hugo has written and produced music for the world's top record labels, and on world-wide advertising campaigns for commercials. He has worked with the industry's most renowned production companies and has written music which personifies entire brands, such as Classic FM (UK) and Univision News Network (USA).
"An eerie score composed by Hugo de Chaire featuring swooning strings and unsettling drums conveys the off-kilter anxiety that pervades the environment". Katie Walsh - LA TIMES
"it captivates due in large part to impeccable production, set design and costuming, making it a visually delightful period piece of a film. Add to this the sinister original score by Hugo de Chaire, which served the direction so well."
"The film maintains a dark, mysterious tone throughout. A powerful soundtrack and scenes without dialogue create sequences with the perfect amount of suspense." Georgina Mullany - VULTURE HOUND
Hugo de Chaire (*1979) is an award winning British composer working in Film and Television. A percussionist from the age of six, he became principal drummer in his school big band from the age of fourteen.
Hugo studied piano and composition privately in the UK and is a graduate of Music Production from Kingston University London (2001). He went on to work as an in-house composer for London-based music production company Wise Buddah writing music for radio and commercials. In 2007 he trained with ®Emmy Award-winning film composer Hummie Mann in Seattle (Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program) and went on to work for ®Emmy Award-nominated film composer Joey Newman in Los Angeles, where he gained extensive experience in scoring to picture.
In 2018 Hugo won best original score at The Music and Sound Awards for Crooked House (2017), a film adaption of Agatha Christie’s 1940s thriller directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, co-written and produced by ®Acadamy Award winner Julian Fellowes, and starring Glen Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terrence Stamp and Max Irons. The innovative score, recorded with a chamber-size orchestra in Berlin, Germany, provides an exhilarating counterpart to the film with the frequent use of extended playing and orchestration techniques combined with analogue synth, synth bass layering and sparse percussion. Through its modern and minimalist approach, the music balances with the story to convey a sense of pervasive disquiet and abstraction.
In 2018 Hugo also worked with ®Acadamy Award-nominated director James Dearden scoring the UK feature Surviving Christmas with the Relatives, starring Julian Ovenden, Gemma Whelan, Joely Richardson, Sally Phillips, Michael Landes, Patricia Hodge, Ronni Ancona, Sophie Simmett and James Fox. The score was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in October 2018.
Hugo has extensively written music for TV, Documentaries, Music Libraries, Radio, News Networks and Commercials. He has three times collaborated with Downton Abbey writer and producer Julian Fellowes, firstly on the BBC series Never Mind The Full Stops, in 2014 on the NBC-Universal documentary Great War House, then on Crooked Housein 2017. Hugo is well known for his radio work on Classic FM (UK) for which he wrote the main theme and subsequent 120 variants for all program strands, which won the Arqiva Commercial Radio Award in 2011.
These were further used on Klassik Radio, Germany’s largest classical radio station as well as on Classic FM in Dubai. Hugo’s compositions for the main themes of the US news network Univision have been on air since 2010.
Hugo has worked with Santa Monica, LA-based music production companies Extreme Music / Bleeding Fingers and Grooveworx for whom he has written music for media including News Broadcast Music, Commercials and Trailers across the USA and Europe.
In 2016 Hugo won ‘best original film score’ at five international film festivals including LA and NYC independent film festivals for Capsule, a space thriller directed by Andrew Martin, set in the 1950s and starring Edmund Kingsley. The 90-minute score was recorded with a 73-piece orchestra and was combined with an array of modular and analogue synthesizers, providing a deep and intense musical backdrop to the film’s Cold War setting.
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