Hugo de Chaire is an award-winning British composer working in film and television.
He 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 favorite thriller, directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Dark Places), co-written and produced by Academy Award winner Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), and starring Glen Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terrence Stamp and Max Irons.
Other recent film projects include OVERLAND, a stunning feature documentary about the art of falconry set across four continents; CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL (Soho Studio Films), a star-
studded feature Christmas comedy by Academy Award-nominated director James Dearden (Fatal Attraction), starring Joely Richardson, Sally Phillips, Patricia Hodge and James Fox; 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 Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Deutsche Symphony at Teldex, Berlin, Max Steiner Orchestra at Synchron Stage, Vienna, and London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, London.
Born in Norwich, England, Hugo started drum lessons at the age of seven, and became principal drummer of his school’s big band. His early love of music, ranging from Michael Jackson to film scores by Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone, led him to further study piano and composition. After graduating in Music Production at Kingston University, London Hugo worked as in-house composer for London-based music production company Wise Buddah, writing for radio and commercials. 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 lucky break in composition came in 2009, when he wrote the main theme and entire package for renowned UK radio station Classic FM, which won the Arqiva Commercial Radio Award, the highest accolade in the UK radio industry. Hugo has also worked with major US and UK music production companies including EMI, Extreme Music/Bleeding Fingers, Grooveworx, Massive Music, for whom he has extensively written music for sound libraries, broadcast networks, movie trailers and commercials.
Hugo currently works out of his studio in Santa Monica, California.