At this year’s World Soundtrack Awards, which were awarded last Friday as part of Film Fest Gent, the American jazz pianist and film composer Pierre Charles won the Sabam Award for Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, worth € 2,500.
Charles received this award from Sabam CEO Carine Libert for the music he wrote for Nicolas Roeg’s dark thriller ‘Don’t Look Now’.
Charles already made a name for himself by playing with big names from the jazz scene like Rodney Whitaker, Michael Dease, Sean Dobbins, Diego Rivera, Randy Napoleon, Brian Lynch and Louis Hayes. In 2016, Charles found a new calling as a film composer. In two years time, he wrote music for four short films. Meanwhile he also found time to release the instrumental album ‘Better’, which immediately ended up in the iTunes top 50 Jazz Charts.
Charles is currently working with Emmy winner Kris Bowers on the Netflix series ‘Raising Dion’ and the third season of ‘Dear White People’. Earlier he also worked on ‘For The People’, ‘Black Monday’ and the critically acclaimed miniseries ‘When They See Us’.