Nicholas Pike
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Nicholas Pike
Nicholas Pike
BornWater Orton, Warwickshire, England
GenresFilm score

Nicholas Pike is an Emmy Award winning English film and television composer.[1]

He was born in Water Orton, Warwickshire, England and is known for featuring unique sounds and instrumentation. He started his music career at the age of 7 at the prestigious Canterbury Choir School and subsequently moved to Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 10 where he continued in music becoming Head Chorister at St George's Grammar School, Cathedral choir as well as playing the flute with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. He was also a member of the iconic rock band HAMMAK and toured the country with this and other bands. At age 17 he left to study flute and composition in Boston at the Berklee School of Music after which he moved to New York City, where he recorded and performed with his band FLUTEJUICE featuring Bill Frisell, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Hank Roberts among many others. He also recorded and released the album WATERLILIES with legendary Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos and guitar virtuoso Bill Connors. Prior to embarking on his film scoring career he conducted and recorded his suite "Master Harold and the Boys" with the London Symphony Orchestra which was based on Athol Fugard's apartheid era play of the same name.

As a film composer he has written for projects ranging from Stephen King's The Shining to Disney's Captain Ron as well as animated films like Disney's "The Prince and the Pauper". Awards include the Elmer Bernstein Award for his score to Love Object at the Woodstock Film Festival, the Best Music Award from the Sitges Cinema Fantastic Festival for his score to Critters 2 and the Emmy for original music for the HBO documentary "In Tahrir Square" about the beginnings of the Arab Spring.

He has also written music for large scale music videos like Michael Jackson's "Ghost" and "You Rock My World", MC Hammer's "Too Legit To Quit" and "Here Comes The Hammer" and Will Smith's "Wild Wild West". He was recently hand-picked by actress/comedian and talk show host Bonnie Hunt to create and lead the first-ever daytime talk show live band for The Bonnie Hunt Show which aired on the NBC network. Nicholas Pike also composed and scored The Bonnie Hunt Show theme. He recently wrote and produced the song "On Ghost Ridge" for the documentary 100 Years chronicling the epic battle between Blackfeet Indian Elouise Cobell and the US government. The song is sung by pop star Yuna and is currently under consideration for an Academy Award Nomination.

Most recently he arranged and produced the songs and composed the score for a Steven Spielberg story, part of the new Amazing Stories for Apple as well as composing and producing an operatic piece performed by Ana María Martínez for the upcoming documentary Viva Verdi.Pike composed the first episode of Apple TV+'s series Amazing Stories)


Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1987 Graveyard Shift Jerry Ciccoritti Cinema Ventures N/A
1988 Critters 2: The Main Course Mick Garris New Line Cinema N/A
1989 C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. David K. Irving Vestron Pictures N/A
1990 Mission Manila Peter Mackenzie M.C.E.G. N/A
1992 Sleepwalkers Mick Garris Columbia Pictures N/A
Captain Ron Thom Eberhardt Touchstone Pictures N/A
1994 Blank Check Rupert Wainwright Walt Disney Pictures N/A
1997 Star Kid Manny Coto Trimark Pictures N/A
1998 The Sadness of Sex Rupert Wainwright Filmworks N/A
1999 Delivered Guy Ferland Edie Films N/A
2000 Return to Me Bonnie Hunt Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
2002 Virginia's Run Peter Markle Alliance Atlantis N/A
FeardotCom William Malone Franchise Pictures N/A
2003 Love Object Robert Parigi Lionsgate N/A
The I Inside Roland Suso Richter Miramax N/A
2004 Riding the Bullet Mick Garris Innovation Film N/A
2005 Checking Out Jeff Hare Allumination Filmworks N/A
The L.A. Riot Spectacular Marc Klasfeld Image Entertainment N/A
2008 Parasomnia William Malone Rising Storm Productions N/A
2009 It's Alive Josef Rusnak Millennium Films N/A
Blood and Bone Ben Ramsey Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Direct-to-video film
Wrong Turn at Tahoe Franck Khalfoun Paramount Famous Productions Direct-to-video film
2013 Devil May Call Jason Cuadrado Grindstone Entertainment Group N/A
2014 Rio 2 Carlos Saldanha Blue Sky Studios Orchestrator


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