15 17 Oct '24

Peter Baert

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WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member

Bringing a refreshing sonic architecture in a diverse body of work spanning across film, television, and commercial work, Belgian-born composer Peter Baert’s talents also encompass orchestration, electronic music, and music production.

After creating a 30 minute-long demo for Golden Globe-nominated David Oyelowo years previously, Baert recently scored the Selma actor’s directorial debut feature The Water Man, co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, which was orchestrated by Matt Dunkley and recorded in a special set up within Galaxy Studios in Belgium during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Water Man was released in U.S. theaters and is available worldwide on Netflix.

Baert currently scored Mirakel n°71, the story of Nathalie Basteyns, film director and MS patient, who is searching for a miracle. After ten years in a wheelchair, Nathalie wants to be able to walk again. Together with photographer Lieve Blancquaert and her nurse, Gustave Dikumueni, she travels from Brussels to Lourdes. In Lourdes, 70 miracles have been officially recognised by the Catholic Church and Nathalie hopes to put number 71 to her name. Along the way, she seeks answers to all her questions in both science and faith.

Last year he composed the score for Lost Luggage, a Belgian primetime fictional series based on the 2016 Brussels bombings.

In 2018, he scored the Ensor Award-winning documentary exposé Breathless about the hazardous but surprisingly still booming asbestos industry, as well as the 2017 Belgian film Façades, directed by Kaat Beels & Nathalie Basteyns, which was pre-selected for the European Composer Awards and was also nominated for an Ensor Award.

In 2006, Baert founded Raygun - a commercial sound studio in Brussels working in advertising, television, and film; which he owns and runs together with his wife Liesbeth.

He is also the proud father of three daughters.

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