Festival Internacional de Música de Cine (Province of Córdoba) Announces Impressive Composer Line-up

(CORDOBA, Spain / March 19, 2013) Two Academy Award®-winning composers, the musical director of the Oscar gala, the first winner of the Elmer Bernstein Award and a number of highly sought-after film composers both from USA and Europe will be part of the line-up of prominent guests for the Festival Internacional de Música de Cine, for the second year in the province of Córdoba. The festival takes place on June 23-30, 2013.  Three symphonic concerts will be the highlight of the week-long activities.

The 2013 Oscar winner for Life of Pi, Canadian composer Mychael Danna (Little Miss Sunshine, 500 Days of SummerMoneyball), and the 1997 Oscar winner for Emma, British composer Rachel Portman (Emma, Chocolat, The Lake House, Never Let Me Go) headline the guest list. American composer Marco Beltrami(Live Free or Die Hard, I Robot, The Hurt Locker) will be the recipient of the first Elmer Bernstein Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Film Scoring.

The music director of the 2013 Academy Award gala, composer William Ross (Ladder 49, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Tin Cup), British composer Ilan Eshkeri (Kick Ass, Stardust, Layer Cake), American composer and conductor Peter Bernstein (Canadian Bacon, The Ewok Adventure, Ewoks: The Battle for Endor), Spanish composers Zacarías M. de la Riva (Exorcismus, Hierro, Tad: The Lost Explorer), Roque Baños (Evil Dead, The Machinist, Sexy Beast), Federic Jusid (The Secret in Their Eyes, Fermat’s Room, The Hidden Face) and Nani García (Wrinkles, De Profundis, Onde Está a Felicidade?) have all confirmed their attendance at the festival.

As previously announced, the inaugural Elmer Bernstein Award will be handed out to recipient Marco Beltrami. The son of Elmer Bernstein, Peter Bernstein, will conduct the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra in a Tribute to Elmer Bernstein, followed by a program featuring the innovative and engaging music of Marco Beltrami.

Other highlights of the festival includes the gala concert “Best of Film Music 2012-2013” where the GoldSpirit Awards will be handed out, and the “Best of the Best” concert featuring selections of film music composed by the guest composers. The full festival program is available at http://festivaldecordoba.com/en/programa/

Roque Baños was born in Jumilla (Murcia) in 1968. He began his musical education at the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia” where he finished elementary level, specializing in saxophone, obtaining Honors in both Music Theory and in Saxophone. Later on, in 1986, he moved to Madrid, completing his studies at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music with honors and several merit mentions. Since 1998 when he scored his first film Secondary Roads directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro, he has worked with Spain’s most renowned directors such as Alex de la Iglesia, Daniel Monzon, Carlos Saura, Emilio Martinez Lazaro, or Santiago Segura to name a few, and other internationally acclaimed directors such as Jonathan Glazor, Brad Anderson, Marcelo Piñeyro or Gerard Junot amongst others. His work as a film composer has been distinguished with numerous awards and nominations, both with national and international recognition. He won Best Original Score for 13 Roses and Oxford Murders at the Goya Awards, and won Best Original Score for CommonwealthOxford Murders and Cell 211 at the Spanish Recording Academy of Music Awards.

Marco Beltrami was born October 7, 1966 in Long Island, New York, of Italian and Greek descent. Graduated from Brown University and studied at the Yale School of Music, and then moved west to the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, where he studied under legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith. Best known for his work scoring horror films such as Mimic (1997), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011), The Woman in Black (2012), and all four films in the Scream franchise (1995-2011). Apart from horror/thriller and action, he also scores independent films such as The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Tommy Lee Jones‘ The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada. Nominated for an Emmy Award for his score for the filmDavid and Lisa in 1998, indicating a desire to spread his musical wings beyond the bounds of his genre pigeonholing. Beltrami earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on James Mangold’s acclaimed 2007 western remake, 3:10 to Yuma. He was also nominated, alongside Buck Sanders, for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Original Score for his score to The Hurt Locker. He won a Satellite Award for Best Original Score for Soul Surfer (2011). One of his recent works include Live Free or Die Hard and A Good Die to Die Hard, the fourth and fifth installments in the Die Hard series. Among his upcoming projects are The WolverineWorld War Z and the Carrie remake.

Peter Bernstein has scored feature films, episodes of television, made for T.V. movies and mini-series, which together amount to over 500 projects. His musical experience began with his father, Elmer Bernstein, the Academy Award winning film composer whose credits include The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters and Age of Innocence. Peter was going to recording sessions before he was going to school and learned to conduct symphonies from memory by watching his father practice. Eventually he became Elmer’s lead orchestrator while simultaneously pursuing a career as a composer, record producer and bass player. He orchestrated and arranged huge successes such as Animal Houseand Ghostbusters as well as the scored portions of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video. His first major orchestral assignment was The Ewok Movie for LucasFilm (a major TV event in its time). He also went on to score its sequel. His first TV series was the huge hit 21 Jump Street. Peter conducted sessions for several of Elmer’s scores including Three Amigos and The Babe, and wrote a third of one of Elmer’s last scores –Wild Wild West. Peter has composed music in almost every imaginable style and combination of instruments, voices and synths.

Mychael Danna was born in Winnipeg on September 20th 1958, and is recognized as one of the most versatile and original voices in film music. He studied music composition at the University of Toronto, winning the Glenn Gould Composition Scholarship in 1985. He has worked extensively with directors Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus) and Ang Lee (The Ice Storm). With his recent score for Lee’s Lif of Pi, Danna won his first Academy Award in 2013. Danna has also scored feature films for Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Catherine Hardwicke (The Nativity Story), Scott Hicks (Hearts in Atlantis), Neil LaBute (Lakeview Terrace), Gillies MacKinnon (Regeneration), James Mangold (Girl Interrupted), Deepa Mehta (Water), Bennett Miller (Capote), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), Billy Ray (Breach), Joel Schumacher (8MM), Robert Schwentke (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Istvan Szabo (Being Julia), Denzel Washington (Antwone Fisher), and Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). Recent work includes Moneyball for director Bennett Miller.

Ilan Eshkeri is a British composer best known for his film scores for Stardust, The Young Victoria andKick-Ass, as well as his collaborations with Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Take That. Born in London into a musical family, Eshkeri grew up playing the violin and guitar. He studied Music and English Literature at Leeds University, later learning the art of film composition by working closely with Michael Kamen, Edward Shearmur and Steve McLaughlin. Early in his career Eshkeri composed the score to the cult British gangster film Layer Cake, which earned him a nomination for ‘Discovery of the Year’ at the World Soundtrack Awards. Eshkeri’s collaborations with bands and solo artists include arrangements of Annie Lennox’s best known songs for her concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He also wrote the song Only You for Sinead O’Connor and worked with Take That on the film Stardust. His career is notable for its diversity; recently he scored Ralph Fiennes‘ Shakespearean directorial debut Coriolanus, and Rowan Atkinson’s comedy caper Johnny English Returns. Among his upcoming projects are Ralph Fiennes next film, The Invisible Woman and Justin and the Knights of Valour directed by Manuel Sicilia.

Nani García was born in A Coruña, 1955 and is a composer, musician and record producer. He trained as a composition and jazz musician in Sweden between 1976 and 1980 with Mariano Cortéz (a Chilean musician from Luciano Berio’sSchool) and Uffe Sandberg (a Scandinavian jazz pianist). At the same time, he took his Linguistic courses at the universities of Uppsala and Stockholm. In the 90s, he started combining his activity as a soloist with his work as a producer and musical arranger for different Galician artists and Galician national editorials. In 2004, immersed in a personal and professional search, he went into artistic partnership with Miguelanxo Prado in a project that became a reality in 2006 in the animated film De Profundis, which was internationally recognized. This work allowed him to get directly into symphonic music creation, getting involved and fostering his role as a composer. Apart from other works, such as soundtracks for movies and series, (Guante Blanco – TVE, El niño de barro), in 2009 he premiered the narrated operetta for voice and clarinet quartet A Berenguela, based on a text by the poet Manuel Maria. One of his latest works, Wrinkles based on Paco Roca’s acclaimed comic of the same name, has received the praise of the critics and fans alike.

Federico Jusid was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1973, holds a Master of Music degree from The Manhattan School of Music, New York; a New England CSS, Boston; and Diplôme de Exécution Musicale with an Antorchas scholarship held at Brussels, apart from his Bachelor Degree from the Buenos Aires Conservatory. Jusid started his musical studies with 7 years old. Since then he developed a career as a piano performer (awarded in many international music competitions and festivals) and as composer he composed the original soundtrack for more than 25 feature films, TV series, and music for the concert hall, premiered throughout Europe and America by recognized soloist and chamber ensembles. Jusid is most well known for his work, together with Emilio Kauderer, for The Secret in Their Eyes. Nowadays, Jusid is a resident performer and composer of the Sonor Ensemble, associate teacher at the Complutense University of Madrid and is the director of the music company Filmscores Productions in Madrid, Spain.

Rachel Portman was born in west Sussex, England. She began composing at the age of 14 and read music at Oxford University. She gained experience writing music for drama in BBC and Channel 4 films, however the majority of her work has been in film. Rachel won an Academy award for her score for Emmaand Academy nominations for Chocolat and The Cider House Rules. She has worked with directors Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist), Norman Jewison (Only You), Jonathan Demme (Beloved, Truth About Charlie, Manchurian Candidate), Robert Redford (Legend of Bagger Vance), Mike Leigh (Life is Sweet), as well as countless others. She has written a musical of Little House on the Prairie as well as an opera of Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince for Houston Grand Opera and The Water Diviner, a dramatic choral symphony commissioned for the BBC Proms concerts. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.

Unlike other composers, Zacarias M. de la Riva was not trained in the world of music since childhood, but at first he pursued a carreer as a telecommunication engineer. A personal decision lead him to move to another country and change studies. He arrived in Boston where he studied at the Berklee College of Music, achieving a dual degree in Composition and Film Scoring. In 2004 he composed the music for the firstTadeo Jones short (directed by Enrique Gato) and its sequel (both won the Goya Award for Best Animated Short) and afterwards he started an extensive work in the horror genre with pictures as The Nun (Luis De la Madrid) , Beneath Still Waters (Brian Yuzna) and Regreso a moira (Mateo Gil). In 2007 he met Manuel Carballo who was shooting his first film for Filmax, and for whom he composed the score of El Ultimo Justo. He also composed the music for his next film The Possession of Emma Evans (2010). In 2008 he participated in the international co-productions The Anarchist’s Wife, Carmo and Imago Mortis. He has continued to score films in different genres, from the psychological thriller Hierro, to the comedy Estas Ahi?, through documentaries like Voces de Mozambique and Luz de Mar, and animated films as Copito de Nieveand multiple Goya Award winning Tad: The Lost Explorer.

William Ross is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television. He has composed music for such films as The Tale of Despereaux, Ladder 49, The Game of Their Lives, Tuck Everlasting, The Young Black Stallion, and My Dog Skip. He adapted the music of John Williams and conducted the score for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Mr. Ross has arranged music for a remarkable list of artists including Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Kenny G., Sting, Quincy Jones, David Foster, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston, to mention just a few. He has served as Music Director and Conductor for many artists and occasions, including Barbra Streisand’s historic 2006 and 2007 concert tours and the 79th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2007, for which he received his second Emmy Award. He was awarded an Emmy Award in 2009 for Outstanding Original Music for his work on the song “Hugh Jackman Opening Number,” featured during the 81st Academy Awards ceremony. Mr. Ross is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, two BMI Film Music Awards and was nominated for an Annie Award.

More guests and events will be announced by the Festival Internacional de Música de Cine in the next couple of weeks. For more information on the week-long event, please visit the official web site at http://festivaldecordoba.com.

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