Facts of Christophe Beck Biography
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Early Life and Education
Christophe Beck, born as Jean Christophe Beck in Montreal, Quebec, is a well-known Canadian composer. He grew up with his brother Chilly Gonzales who is a professional pianist. Beck completed his schooling from Crescent School in Toronto, Canada. After that, he went to Yale Unversity to study music and then attended University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and studied film scoring. He studied and worked along with Jerry Goldsmith and Mike Post who are the well-known composers of the US. Beck had started taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and was already playing for his band-The Cupcakes at the age of 11. He excelled at playing the piano, saxophone, and drums while at high school.
Christophe Beck started his career as a music director of the Spizzwinks and Whiffenpoofs while at Yale University in 1989, 1990 and 1991. His major works as a composer include the movies, Starbuck, Let the Devil Wear Black, Bring It On, Confidence, American Wedding, Under the Tuscan Sun, Garfield, Elektra, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, School for Scoundrels, The Pink Panther, We Are Marshall, License to Wed, The Seeker, Fred Claus, Charlie Bartlett, Drillbit Taylor, Phoebe in Wonderland, I Love You, Beth Cooper, The Pink Panther 2, The Hangover, Waiting for Superman, Pery Jackson & the Olympians: The Lighting Thief, Date Night, Tower Heist, The Muppets, and Frozen. Beck rose to fame after his work as the main composer in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the seasons 2-4. His compositions in the key episodes of Once More, With Feeling and The Gift gave him much recognition.
Awards and Achievements
Christophe Beck was awarded with the Primetime Emmy Award for his outstanding music direction in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1998. He won ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards in 2012 for- The Muppets and Annie Award in 2014 for the movie- Frozen. Beck's major nominations include for Denver Film Critics Society, F/X: The Series at the Gemini Awards. He is considered to be most successful for his music direction in the movie-Frozen which got him nomination for Grammy and IFMCA Awards. For the same movie, Beck won Best Original Score Awards in 2013 and 2nd place at SLFCA Awards.