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Benoît Charest

Benoît Charest (born in 1964) is a Canadian guitarist and film score composer from Quebec. He is best known for the soundtrack of the animated film Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003), for which he won a César Award for Best Music Written for a Film as well as a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Music. The song "Belleville Rendez-vous", in particular, earned him an Academy Award nomination as well as a Grammy Award nomination. In the late 1990s, Benoît Charest attended a performance in Montreal by DJ Mad Max (a previous alias used by Maxime Morin, who currently performs under the name DJ Champion). After the show, Charest approached Morin with a business proposal; the two men went on to become co-owners of Ben & Max Studios — a company specializing in jingles and soundtracks. Ben & Max Studios became quite successful, however in 2001 Morin sold his share in the company back to Charest in order to continue his own personal musical career. In 2003 Morin also assisted Charest on the soundtrack for Les Triplettes de Belleville.


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