Charles Bernstein is a composer of film and television music. His credits include the score for A Nightmare on Elm Street.
After studying composition with Vitorio Giannini and Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School in New York City, Bernstein attended UCLA, where he received an Outstanding Graduate of the College Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, and a Chancellor's Doctoral Teaching Fellowship while working with American composer Roy Harris. He currently sits on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Board of Directors of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Board of Directors of the ASCAP Foundation, and serves as Vice-President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Foundation. He has taught on the graduate film scoring faculty at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and has presented film scoring seminars over the past 15 years at UCLA Extension. He has received an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his writings on music and is author of the book Film Music and Everything Else.
Bernstein has composed scores for more than 100 motion pictures, including White Lightning, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Mr. Majestyk, The Entity, Cujo, Love At First Bite, and Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. Several of his tracks have appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds. His television credits include Malice in Wonderland, The Long Island Incident, and Sybil.