Arturo Cardelús

Arturo Cardelús (born 1981) is a Spanish-American composer of film and concert music. He is best known for his score for the animated feature Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, which was nominated for a Goya Award.

Arturo Cardelús
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Born (1981-12-27) December 27, 1981 (age 40)


Cardelús was born in Madrid, Spain on December 27, 1981.[1] He became an American citizen in 2019.[2] He studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música (Salamanca, Spain), Royal Academy of Music, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and Berklee College of Music.[1][3]

In 2012, Cardelús orchestrated the score for the film The Paperboy.[1] In 2015, he composed the soundtrack for the Italian film Chiamatemi Francesco.[4][5] In 2017, Cardelús composed the soundtrack for the animated short In a Heartbeat, which went viral and attracted wide attention.[6][7] The score won Best Original Score – Animated Short Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.[8] Cardelús's song "Song for the Untitled" from the 2018 documentary Yo Galgo, which Cardelús also scored, was nominated for Best Original Song – Documentary in the following year's Hollywood Music in Media Awards.[9]

In 2019, Cardelús scored the animated feature Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.[10] His music for the film won awards for best score at the 2019 Annecy International Animation Film Festival[11] and the 2019 Málaga Film Festival.[12][13] The score was also nominated for a Goya Award,[14][15] a Feroz Award,[16] and a Spanish Cinema Writers Circle Award[17] for best original score and for a Hollywood Music in Media Award[18] and an International Film Music Critics Association Award[19] for best original score in an animated film.

In classical music, Cardelús attracted national attention for his 2013 composition Con Aire de Tango, which was commissioned by members of the Berlin Philharmonic after they saw a video of his work on YouTube.[20][21][22] Two years later, Naxos Records released an album of Cardelús' compositions.[23] In 2016, Cardelús was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).[24] His work Grace was nominated for a 2017 Hollywood Music in Media Award in the category Contemporary Classical/Instrumental.[25] Works by Cardelús have been performed in venues including Madrid's National Auditorium and Boston's Jordan Hall.[26]

Cardelús lives and works in Los Angeles.[1]


  • The Paperboy (orchestrator) (2012)
  • Tangernación (2013)
  • War Is Beautiful (2014)
  • The Answers (2015) (short)
  • Chiamatemi Francesco (2015)
  • In a Heartbeat (2017) (short)
  • Altamira, el origen del arte (2018)
  • Yo Galgo (2018)
  • Original Sin (2018)
  • The People's Fighters (2018)
  • On the Run (2018)
  • Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2019)
  • Aún se bendicen los campos (2019)
  • Kalipay (2019)
  • Black Beach (2020)
  • Dylan & Zoey (post-production)
  • Centurion XII (post-production)
  • Back to Lyla (post-production)

Concert music discographyEdit

  • Con Aire de Tango (Naxos Records, 2015)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film / work Award Category Result
2017 In a Heartbeat Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Score – Animated Short Film Won[8]
2017 Grace Hollywood Music in Media Awards Contemporary Classical/Instrumental Nominated[25]
2018 "Song for the Untitled" (Yo Galgo) Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Song – Documentary Nominated[9]
2019 Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles Annecy International Animation Film Festival Best Original Music for a Feature Film Won[11]
2019 Málaga Film Festival Best Music Won[12]
2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards Best Original Score – Animated Film Nominated[18]
2020 Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Original Score Nominated[17]
2020 Premios Feroz Best Original Score Nominated[16]
2020 International Film Music Critics Association Awards Best Original Score for an Animated Film Nominated[19]
2020 Goya Awards Best Original Score Nominated[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c d Gaviña, Susana (January 8, 2014). "Arturo Cardelús, entre la Filarmónica de Berlín y el Papa Francisco". ABC (in Spanish).
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  3. ^ Alfredo, Pascual (January 2, 2014). "De YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín: historia de un joven compositor madrileño". El Confidencial (in Spanish). Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Música de Arturo Cardelús para Chiamatemi Francesco (2015)". Radio Beethoven [es] (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Arturo Cardelús, nuevo referente hispano de Hollywood". República [es] (in Spanish). EFE. February 15, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Caron, Christina (August 4, 2017). "YouTube Falls Hard for 'In a Heartbeat,' a Boy-Meets-Boy Story". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Arturo Cardelús, el músico detrás del corto de amor gay "In a Heartbeat"" (in Spanish). Telemadrid. August 10, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. November 17, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Xu, Linda (November 15, 2018). "Hollywood Music in Media Awards: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Arturo Cardelús, en territorio Beatle para componer a Buñuel". El Espectador (in Spanish). EFE. March 12, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Zahed, Ramin (June 14, 2019). "Annecy Festival Announces 2019's Special Prize Winners". Animation Magazine. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Arturo Cardelús: "Cuando haces música para animación, se le pide mucho más a la banda sonora"". Cine&Tele (in Spanish). April 2, 2019. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  13. ^ Green, Jennifer (March 23, 2019). "'The Days to Come,' 'The Good Girls' and 'This Is Not Berlin' Split Top Malaga Film Festival Prizes". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ a b Lang, Jamie; Hopewell, John (December 2, 2019). "'Pain and Glory,' 'While at War,' 'Endless Trench' Lead Goya Nominations". Variety.
  15. ^ a b "De dirigir y componer a trabajar con tres directores para lograr un Goya". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). EFE. January 24, 2020.
  16. ^ a b "Los ganadores de los Premios Feroz 2020". El Pais (in Spanish). January 17, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Gurpegui, Carlos (January 13, 2020). "Buñuel animado, la partitura que transporta "a los lugares de don Luis"". Diario de Teruel [es] (in Spanish).
  18. ^ a b Atienza, Javier (November 10, 2019). "Arturo Cardelús en los Hollywood Music in Media Awards". CinemaGavia (in Spanish). Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  19. ^ a b "IFMCA Award Nominations 2019". International Film Music Critics Association. February 6, 2020. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  20. ^ "El tango irrumpe en la Filarmónica de Berlín de la mano de un español". ABC (in Spanish). August 21, 2013.
  21. ^ Sánchez, Rosalia (August 24, 2013). "Primero tomaremos Berlín". El Mundo (in Spanish).
  22. ^ "Arturo Cardelús, 'Con aire de tango'". Marca España (in Spanish). RTVE. October 3, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  23. ^ "CARDELÚS, A.: Con Aire de Tango (Cardelús, Dinca, Berlin Philharmonic String Soloists) – 9.70240". Naxos. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  24. ^ "2016 Honours are announced – Royal Academy of Music". Royal Academy of Music. March 4, 2016. Archived from the original on July 9, 2017.
  25. ^ a b "Genre Noms" (PDF). Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  26. ^ "El compositor español Arturo Cardelús, de YouTube a la Filarmónica de Berlín". La Razón (in Spanish). January 2, 2014.

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