Composer Javier Zacharias was named the 2008 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship recipient at a presentation during the 10th annual BMI Day at Berklee College of Music. BMI composer Mark Mancina, in whose name this year’s scholarship is given; Chris Montan, Walt Disney Music president; Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations; Berklee President Roger Brown; and Berklee Film Scoring Chair Dan Carlin presented the scholarship to Zacharias at the event.
The BMI Film Scoring Scholarship is a yearly tuition scholarship awarded on the basis of compositional maturity and talent, as well as financial need. Each year, the scholarship is given in the name of a noted BMI composer. Mancina, this year’s honored composer, and Chris Montan, Walt Disney Music president, co-taught a master class on film scoring as part of the ceremony.
“This scholarship continues our mission of supporting young and emerging composers at the college level,” stated BMI’s Ringer-Ross. “We support Berklee’s commitment to excellence in music and film scoring and their determination to further the growth of talented, trained, and educated composers.”
Zacharias, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, developed an interest in jazz at age 7 when he began playing piano. At 11, he also picked up the saxophone, studying with some of Argentina’s finest players. In 2002, he passed up a scholarship to study contemporary music at Escuela de Musica Contemporanea, enrolling instead at the Universidad Católica Argentina, where he duel majored in orchestra conducting and composition. Before long, Zacharias was playing saxophone, keyboard, and drums in a variety of commercial groups. Prior to moving to Boston to study film scoring at Berklee, he was pursuing an industrial engineering degree at Universidad de Buenos Aires.