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Roger Bellon is an Emmy nominated French film, television, theatre and opera composer, conductor,[1] orchestrator and producer.

Roger Bellon
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Background information
BornNeuilly-Sur-Seine, France
GenresOrchestral, electronic, film music
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, producer

Early lifeEdit

He was eight when he had his first piano and composition lessons.[2] Roger Bellon earned his Bachelor Of Music Composition degree from the Berklee College of Music, studying under music legends Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs and Herb Pomeroy among others and completed postgraduate studies in Composition and Conducting, under Pierre Petit (Grand Prix De Rome) at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, Paris.

CareerEdit

He received numerous commissions from the French Government for his chamber as well as symphonic and choral compositions. At twenty-two, his first published composition, "Blackout," for piano, was commissioned by the École Normale de Musique de Paris for their yearly piano competition. It was published by legendary French music publisher Max Eschig and has been performed and recorded extensively. His Préludes for Piano have been performed by Gabriel Tacchino, one of France’s premier post-war pianists.[3]

RCA Records, Paris, signed Roger to their subsidiary label, Balance, where, as an artist, he produced two albums, the self-titled, ROGER BELLON, a Jazz influenced record for ten pieces and, ZERO ZERO, a children’s Christmas album.

He began his film-scoring career in Paris composing music for television and documentaries. He has worked with directors and writers such as Joël Santoni, Les Héroïques, and Jean Curtelin, La Marseillaise, and actors Michel Galabru, Stéphane Audran, Guy Marchand, Mort Schuman and Caroline Cellier.

Moving to Los Angeles he composed music for the popular television series Falcon Crest as well as other series such as Monsters, Yellowthread Street (including the main title), Café Americain (including the main title), The New Adventures of Robin Hood (including the main title) and the award-winning cult series, Highlander.[4]

He has scored numerous television movies and miniseries such as the acclaimed Emmy nominated CBS The Last Don,[5] based on Mario Puzo's best selling book, its sequel The Last Don - Part 2,[6] and the mini-series Frankenstein[7] which earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition.[8]

Bellon has scored over twenty feature films, documentaries and shorts.[9][10] His most recent, 186 Dollars To Freedom, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Best Director - Houston Worldfest and Best Film and Actor at the Hollywood Reel Film Festival. For Justice/Vengeance, actor Roy Scheider’s last movie, Bellon conducted the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. It won The Boston Film Festival’s: Visionary Award. His other award-winning features include 12 Stones, Break A Leg, The Wishing Well, Their Eyes Were Dry, Darkness At High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents, The Sheik (the 1921 Silent Movie), Waxwork, The Unholy, Options, Dark Horse and Hitman’s Run.[11]

A lover of theatre Bellon, has composed original music to ten theatrical productions: Open House (Shem Bitterman), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare), A Death In Columbia (Shem Bitterman), More Lies About Jerzy (Davey Holmes), Influence (Shem Bitterman), Three Sisters (Chekhov), The Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare), Man.Gov (Shem Bitterman) and Harms Way (Shem Bitterman).[12]

His dance compositions include: Signé Modigliani for French Choreographer, Nadine Birtchansky, which had its World Premiere at the California Institute of the Arts, The Perfection of Anna (short film) and In Between (short film) for Choreographer Hilary Thomas and Director Elizabeth Gracen.

His opera Highlander: A Celtic Opera was co-composed with Harlan Collins.[13] It received its radio premiere on Radio Aktywne in Poland. He is currently composing his second opera, Ilios, based on Homer's Iliad.

SoundtracksEdit

  • 186 Dollars To Freedom - (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • From My Flix - Songs & Themes Vol. 1
  • The Last Don - (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Waxwork - (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • The Unholy - (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Options - (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Highlander: The Series - (Original Series Soundtrack)
  • Highlander: The Series-Volume 2 (Music And Songs From Seasons 4 & 5) - (Original Series Soundtrack)
  • The Best Of: Highlander the Series - (Original Series Soundtrack)
  • Mysterious Island - (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Selected worksEdit

  • Highlander: A Celtic Opera
  • Private Flight - (Compositions for Jazz flautist, Jim Walker) Produced By Clarke Stanley
  • Roger Bellon (Jazz Compositions For Small Orchestra) RCA Records, Paris
  • Zero, Zero (Children's Christmas Album) RCA Records, Paris
  • Selected Works (Bellchant Records)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Roger Bellon Conducts at Abbey Road". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  2. ^ "Biography for Roger Bellon". IMDB. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  3. ^ "Roger Bellon Biography". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2012-12-08.
  4. ^ "Roger Bellon". Yahoo. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  5. ^ "The moody music from "Twin Peaks" alum Angelo Badalamenti and Roger Bellon adds to the effect". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  6. ^ "music, Roger Bellon". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Roger Bellon Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  8. ^ "Awards for Roger Bellon". IMDB. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  9. ^ "Roger Bellon credits". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  10. ^ "In the documentary field, Bellon has scored, among others, Doctors Without Borders (Medecin Sans Frontiere)". Soundtrack Collector. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  11. ^ "Roger Bellon Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-08-12.
  12. ^ "Bellon has also composed the musical score to the theatrical play "A Death in Colombia", which opened June 18 in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Playhouse Skylight Theatre. This is Bellon's theatrical score for writer Shem Bitterman and director Steve Zuckerman". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2009-11-13.
  13. ^ "As for other alumni in the news, composer Roger Bellon '75 cocomposed, arranged, and produced the recent CD titled Highlander–A Celtic Opera". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2009-11-13.