Roque Baños


Roque Baños was born in Jumilla, Murcia, in 1968. He first studied at the Conservatory of Murcia, where he obtained the Elementary Saxophone Degree and graduated in Music Theory and Saxophone. He moved to Madrid in 1986 to study at the Royal Conservatory where he finished his studies with Honors in Harmony & Composition.

He has regularly given concerts as a soloist and as a member of different chamber groups and orchestras, performing Spanish and foreign authors' works. But he has focused his work on composition and orchestra conducting: he has opened and conducted works at The National Music Auditorium, The Queen Sofía Center and the Círculo Cultural de Bellas Artes, as well as in the Alicante Contemporary Music Festival, among others.

His contact with film music and jazz begins at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Boston (USA), renowned figures such as Quincy Jones or Howard Shore have also studied there. Baños was granted a scholarship at Berklee in 1993 by the Ministry of Culture, where he obtained a Major Degree in Film Scoring and Performance and got some awards: the "Robert Share Award" for demonstrating the highest level of dramatic/musical creativity in the area of Film scoring. This award let him conduct the Berklee Symphony Orchestra performing his own compositions. He also got the "Achievement Award" for outstanding performance abilities. He finally obtained his Degree with the distinction "Seated before the Piano. Summa cum Laude" in Film Music Composition and Jazz Performance.

When he returned to Spain, he started working in short films, scoring music for: "Arañazos" (Pedro Barbero), "Andeo" (Luis Vallés) and "Lisa" (Carlos Pullet). But his great opportunity came when the famous Spanish actor Gabino Diego listened to his works and recommended him for the score of "Carreteras Secundarias" (Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, 1997). For this road movie, starred by Antonio Resines, Maribel Verdú and Fernando Ramallo, the author composed a score in the 60s and 70s film music style. He won the Best Score Award of the Peñíscola Film Festival for this movie. After this, he became the usual composer of Martínez-Lázaro's films. He has also collaborated with Carlos Saura, Álex de la Iglesia, Santiago Segura, Daniel Monzón, Brad Anderson, Gérard Jugnot, among others.

He has been nominated several times for the Goya Awards for films such as "La Comunidad" , "800 Balas" "El 7º día", "The Machinist", "Frágiles", "Alatriste" and "Balada triste de trompeta".

In 2008 he won his first Goya Award for "Las trece rosas" (Emilio Martínez-Lázaro).

His second Goya Award for the best score came in 2009 for his music for "The Oxford Murders" (Alex de la Iglesia).

He has also been nominated for the Music Awards, and has won two of them for "La Comunidad" and for "The Oxford Murders".

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