Fernando Velázquez

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Fernando Velázquez
Born (1976-11-22) November 22, 1976 (age 37)
Origin Bilbao, Spain
Genres Film score
Occupations Film composer
Instruments Cello, Keyboard, Guitar
Years active 1999–present

Fernando Velázquez (born November 22, 1976) is a Spanish-born composer of concert and orchestral music, as well as that for film and television. Velázquez may be best known for his World Soundtrack-nominated score for The Orphanage.

Life and career[edit]

Fernando’s experience as an accomplished cello player in various orchestras and his training in conservatories as “Jesus Guridi” from Vitoria and composition studies in the RCSM Madrid and Paris are the foundations of his talent. Fernando Velázquez already had experience in the world of cinema, and especially in the terror genre, having composed movies like Devil (written & produced by M. Night Shyamalan)[1] and the Guillermo del Toro produced feature The Orphanage. His other credits include BackWoods starring Gary Oldman and Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore. In 2010 he was selected to create symphonic works for the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. He was one of eleven selected composers.[2] Also in 2010, Film Music Magazine rated his score to 'Devil' as one of the best scores of the year, quoting "Velazquez’s brassily orchestral ambitions pay more of a blood oath to Bernard Herrmann and James Newton Howard, with the kind of churning, melodically rich symphonic sound that makes DEVIL’s mostly elevator-bound setting anything but claustrophobic" [3] In 2012, Film Music Magazine ranked his score to 'The Impossible' as one of the Top 10 scores of the year. [4]

He composed the music for the film Mama (2013), produced by Guillermo del Toro.

Awards & Nominations[edit]

World Soundtrack Awards[edit]

International Film Music Critics Association Awards[edit]

  • 2009: Garbo: The Spy (nomination, Best Documentary Score)
  • 2007: Best New Composer of the Year (nomination)
  • 2007: The Orphanage (nomination, Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror Score)
  • 2012: The Impossible (win, Film Music Composition of the Year, for "Main Titles")

Barcelona Film Awards[edit]

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain[edit]

European Film Awards[edit]

Goya Awards[edit]

Spanish Music Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Films & TV[edit]

Year Title Notes
1999 Amor de Madre Short film
1999 El Trabajo" Short film
2000 Torre Short film
2001 Loops Short film
2006 BackWoods
2007 Gominolas TV series
2007 Savage Grace
2007 The Orphanage Soundtrack released by Rhino Records
2008 Shiver Soundtrack released by MovieScore Media
2009 Garbo: The Spy Documentary, Soundtrack released by MovieScore Media
2009 Spanish Movie
2010 Karabudjan TV series
2010 For The Good Of Others
2010 Lope Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records
2010 Julia's Eyes
2010 Devil Soundtrack released by Varese Sarabande
2011 They Say Short film
2011 The Monitor
2012 Cuéntame un cuento TV series
2012 Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony Documentary
2012 The Impossible Soundtrack released by Quartet Records
2013 Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
2013 Mama Soundtrack released by Quartet Records
2014 Hercules Soundtrack released by Sony Classical

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devil Review". News in Film. September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The composer Fernando Velázquez, selected to create symphonic works". ElCorreo.com. April 2, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Best Scores of 2010". Film Music Magazine. December 13, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Best Scores of 2012". Film Music Magazine. December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. 

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