Hugo de Chaire is a British-born film composer based in Los Angeles. He has collaborated with directors including Academy Award-nominated director/writer James Dearden (Fatal Attraction), Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Dark Places, Crooked House) and Academy Award-winning writer/producer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey). Hugo has composed music for the BBC, ITV and was in-house composer at Classic FM, UK (2009-2011).
Hugo has created music in a wide range of genres for projects ranging from major studio to independent films and documentary features. His innovative musical voice with a delicate sense for rhythm and beauty has won critical acclaim at numerous international film festivals. Hugo won best original score for feature films at the global MUSIC+SOUND AWARDS 2018 for CROOKED HOUSE (Sony Pictures), the first film adaption of Agatha Christie’s favourite thriller, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, co-written and produced by Julian Fellowes, and starring Glen Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terrence Stamp and Max Irons.
Other recent film projects include CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL (Soho Studio Films), a star-studded feature Christmas comedy by Academy Award-nominated director James Dearden, starring Joely Richardson, Sally Phillips, Patricia Hodge and James Fox; OVERLAND, a stunning feature documentary set across four continents, telling the stories of three extraordinary characters and their relationship with the ancient art of falconry; CAPSULE, a feature sci-fi thriller directed by Andrew Martin and starring Edmund Kingsley; GREAT WAR HOUSE (NBC/Universal), a feature documentary about Blenheim Palace narrated by Julian Fellowes.
Hugo has recorded his scores with world-renowned musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Symphony at Teldex, Berlin, from Max Steiner Orchestra at Synchron Stage, Vienna, and from London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, London. Hugo works with major US and UK music production companies including EMI, Extreme Music/Sony ATV, Bleeding Fingers, Massive Music and Grooveworx.
Born in Norwich, England, Hugo started drumming and playing the saxophone taking lessons from age seven. He wrote and performed his first piece of music aged nine and became principal drummer of his high school’s big band. Hugo’s early love of music, ranging from Jazz, Pop, and icons like Buddy Rich and Michael Jackson, to film scores by Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone, led him to further study piano and composition. After graduating from Kingston University, London, Hugo worked as in-house composer for London-based music production company Wise Buddah writing music for radio and commercials. In his spare time he wrote music for short films. In 2007 he trained with Emmy-winning composer Hummie Mann in Seattle (Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program) and went on to work for Emmy-nominated composer Joey Newman in Los Angeles, where he gained extensive experience in scoring to picture.
Hugo’s major commercial break in composition came in 2009 when he wrote the main theme tune for renowned UK radio station Classic FM (10M listeners) which won the Arqiva Commercial Radio Award, the highest accolade in the UK radio industry.
Hugo currently works out of his studio in Santa Monica, California.