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Alberto Iglesias at Film Music Festival in Cracow (2013)

Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi (born San Sebastián, 21 October 1955)[1] is a Spanish composer. He has written the music for several Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem.[1] He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005),[1] The Kite Runner (2007) and again for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che.[2] and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014).[3]


Early lifeEdit

Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi[4] was born in 1955 in San Sebastián.[5] His sister is Cristina Iglesias.[6][7]


Iglesias has composed a number of scores for films directed by Pedro Almodóvar, such as The Flower of My Secret (1995), Live Flesh (1997), All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004) and Volver (2006).[5][8][9][10][11]

Iglesias also composed the music for Sex and Lucia (2001), directed by Julio Medem[5] and for Oliver Stone's documentary, Comandante (2003).[5]

Iglesias garnered his first Oscar nomination for his score in Fernando Meirelles's film adaptation of The Constant Gardener (2005).[5] Iglesias also composed the score for The Kite Runner (2007), based on Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel of the same name.[8] He earned his second Oscar nomination for that score.[12][13][14]

In 2008, Iglesias composed Steven Soderbergh's 2008 two part biopic, Che (2008), starring Benicio del Toro as Che Guevara.[15] The next year, Iglesias continued to collaborate with Almodóvar with Broken Embraces (2009), starring Penelope Cruz.[16]

In 2011, Iglesias reunited with Almodóvar with The Skin I Live In.[12][17] That same year, Iglesias composed the music for Tomas Alfredson's film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. Iglesias told the Los Angeles Times, "(Alfredson) explained to me very well what this film is about. It's a film about loyalties and human relationships. Their spies are victims of this moment. That was the most important thing he told me. The film and the music show the more human side."[18] He received his third Oscar nomination for the latter film.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Iglesias was the brother-in-law of the late Spanish sculptor, Juan Muñoz.[6][7]

Filmography (selection)Edit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Alberto Iglesias at the Bremen Film Awards (2011)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Gutierrez, Evan C. "Alberto Iglesias Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 21 September 2013
  2. ^ Baker, Aaron (2011) Steven Soderbergh, University of Illinois Press, ISBN 978-0252036057, p. 121
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Alberto Iglesias". People.theiapolis. Retrieved 18 October 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e "Composer Iglesias Wins Spain Film Award". Fox News Channel. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b "'He made the world larger'". The Guardian. 2 September 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Juan Munoz". The Daily Telegraph. 31 August 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Spain Honors a Film Composer". The New York Times. 4 September 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. ^ Wilmington, Michael (25 December 2002). "In `Talk to Her,' Almodovar creates his masterpiece". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  10. ^ Phillips, Michael (22 November 2006). "In `Volver,' Almodovar masters a melange of genres". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  11. ^ Mira, Alberto (2005). The Cinema of Spain and Portugal. Wallflower Press. ISBN 9781904764441.
  12. ^ a b "Alberto Iglesias, The Sound of Almodovar". WQXR-FM. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Alberto Iglesias".
  14. ^ "Overview for Alberto Iglesias". Turner Classic Movies.
  15. ^ Phillips, Michael. "'Che' stars Benicio Del Toro, Demian Bichir". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ Phillips, Michael (18 December 2009). "'Broken Embraces' -- 31/2 stars". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ Phillips, Michael (20 October 2011). "Sleek, lovely 'Skin I Live In' reveals elegance in the grotesque -- 3 stars". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ Martens, Todd (8 December 2011). "The Scores: Iglesias searches for the sound of loyalty in 'Tinker'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  19. ^ "The 84th Academy Awards". The Boston Globe. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ Mira, Alberto (2010) The A to Z of Spanish Cinema, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 978-0810876224, p. 158
  21. ^ Kilday, Greg (2012) "Alberto Iglesias Named Film Composer of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards", The Hollywood Reporter, 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013

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