Fernando Velázquez (composer)

Fernando Velázquez (born 22 November 1976. Getxo, Biscay, Spain) is a Spanish concert, film and TV composer. Among his best known works are the film soundtracks for Juan Antonio Bayona’s films: The Orphanage, The Impossible and A Monster Calls, for which he won the Goya Film Award for Best Original Composition in 2017.

Fernando Velázquez
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Born (1976-11-22) 22 November 1976 (age 46)
OccupationComposer, Conductor, Cellist,
Years active1995 - today

Life and careerEdit

He studied cello at a number of different musical conservatories, including, from 1990 to 1993, Andrés Isasi in Getxo, Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga in Bilbao (1993–1997) and the Conservatory of Music Jesús Guridi in Vitoria, where he won the Excellence Award at the end of his studies. He then travelled to Paris to continue his education. He studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid from 2003 to 2007, and also holds a degree in Contemporary History from the University of Deusto (1994–1998).[citation needed]

From these studies came a number of opportunities for collaboration including a two year stint as a cellist for the Classical Orchestra of Santa Cecilia (1995–1997), Edinburgh University's Music Society Symphonic Orchestra in 1998, and at the Basque Country's Young Orchestra between 1999 and 2004.[citation needed]

In 1999, Velázquez started his career as a film composer, working with directors such as Koldo Serra for his short film Amor de Madre as well as El Trabajo, by Igor Legarreta and Emilio Pérez Pérez. He continued composing for other short films such as Torre (Óskar Santos, 2000); Hauspo Soinua (Inaz Fernández, 2000); Retruc (Francesc Talavera, 2001); Loops (Tucker Dávila, 2001); Amor, dinero y salud, por este orden (Marc Vigil, 2001); El hombre esponja (J. A. Bayona, 2002); El tren de la bruja (Koldo Serra, 2004); A las 7:35 de la mañana (Nacho Vigalondo, 2004); Temporada baja, (Sergio G. Sánchez, 2003); El soñador (Óskar Santos, 2004); El gran Zambini (Igor Legarreta y Emilio Pérez, 2005) and Dime que yo (Mateo Gil, 2008), which won the Goya Film Award for Best Short Film.[1]

Among his compositions for feature films, which now number more than 50, it is possible to find films such as Agujeros en el cielo (Pedro Santos, 2004); The Birthday (Eugenio Mira, 2004), El síndrome de Svensson (Kepa Sojo, 2006); The Backwoods (Koldo Serra, 2006); Savage Grace (Tom Kalin, 2007); The Orphanage[2] (J.A. Bayona, 2007), the latter film which earned Velázquez a nomination for Best Original Score at the Goya Film Awards of 2008. Additional titles include The Zone (Rodrigo Plá, 2007), Shiver (Isidro Ortiz, 2008); Sexy Killer (Miguel Martí, 2008); Spanish Movie (Javier Ruiz Caldera, 2009); For the Good of Others (Oskar Santos, 2010); Lope (Andrucha Waddington, 2010); Julia's Eyes (Guillem Morales, 2010); Devil (John Dowdle, 2010); 5 metros cuadrados (Max Lemke, 2011); BabyCall (Pål Sletaune, 2011); The Impossible (J.A. Bayona, 2012), which saw him earn his second nomination for Best Original Film Score in the Goya Film Awards of 2013. Mama (Andrés Muschietti, 2013); The Last Days (David Pastor and Álex Pastor, 2013); Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Oskar Santos, 2013); The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (Jonathan Newman, 2013); Spanish Affair (Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, 2014); Hercules (Brett Ratner, 2014); Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro, 2015); Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Burr Steers, 2016); Gernika (Koldo Serra, 2016); Zip & Zap and the Captain's Island (Oskar Santos, 2016). A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona, 2017) winner of the Goya Film Award for Best Original Score in 2017. The Invisible Guest (Oriol Paulo, 2016); Ozzy (Alberto Rodríguez y Nacho La Casa, 2016); The Invisible Guardian (Fernando González Molina, 2017); Deep (Julio Soto Gurpide, 2017); Submergence (Wim Wenders, 2017); Marrowbone ( Sergio G. Sánchez, 2017); Thi Mai, rumbo a Vietnam (Patricia Ferreira, 2017); Que baje Dios y lo vea (Curro Velázquez, 2017); Las leyes de la termodinámica (Mateo Gil, 2017); Los futbolísimos (Miguel Ángel Lamata, 2017), Superlópez (Javier Ruiz Caldera, 2018), Durante la tormenta (2018), Sergio (2020), Poderoso Victoria (2022) o Los renglones torcidos de Dios (2022).[citation needed]

He has also composed music for Documentaries such Sons of the Clouds (Álvaro Longoria, 2012) and Garbo: The Spy (Edmon Roch, 2009), winner of the Goya Film Award for Best Documentary; and TV series such Karabudjan (2010), Gominolas (2007) and Apaches (2017), Diablero (2018), Patria (2020), El inocente (2021), Alma (2022) and music music for theatre: Continuidad de los parques, de Jaime Pujol; Macbeth (Eusebio Poncela y María Ruiz, 2004); He has collaborated with the playwright Alfredo Sanzol since 2008 for theatre productions such as Sí pero no lo soy, Días estupendos, En la Luna, Aventura, La ternura, La respiración, El Gollem, El bar que se tragó a todos los españoles, .... In 2015, he composed music for Hacia la alegría-vers la joie, a theatrical production for the Festival d'Avignon, written by Olivier Py.[citation needed]

He also composes concert pieces such Humanity at music,[3] the Christmas cantata Gabon dut anuntzio and Viento del Oeste for the symphony orchestra, commissioned by the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. Amongst his upcoming projects are a cello concerto composed for the Navarra Symphony Orchestra and Asier Polo as well as a concerto for two flutes for the Asturias Symphony Orchestra. Some of these compositions has been published on his first concert music album "Viento", published in 2022 by Pentatone.[4][5]

He has also produced albums and live concerts for artists such as Pasión Vega, Ken Zazpi, Amancio Prada, Raphael, Doctor Deseo, among others.[citation needed]

As conductor he has conducted, among others, The Euskadiko Orkestra, The Community of Madrid Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The RTVE Symphony Orchestra, London Metropolitan Orchestra, Malaga Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Royal Seville Symphonic Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra, Czech National Orchestra, Asturias Symphony Orchestra and Galicia Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, he has taken time to record the majority of his productions with State funded Spanish orchestras.[citation needed]

Awards and nominationsEdit

In 2008 Velázquez was nominated for Best Original Film Score at the Goya Film Awards for his work in The Orphanage,[6] which awarded him the Cinema Writers Circle Medal and the Musical Award given by the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers. In 2012, he was awarded with the Ojo Crítico Award from RTVE in light of his "capacity to compose music specifically created for cinema that has the ability to transcend and reach its own entity". He was again nominated at the Goya Film Awards with The Imposible' (2013)[7] and A Monster Calls (2017). He won the Goya for the latter for Best Original Score and received the Feroz Award and the Cinema Writers Circle Award.[8] Velázquez has also been nominated as the 2016 composer by the International Association of Musical Film Writers.

He is also a member of the America Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

World Soundtrack AwardsEdit

International Film Music Critics Association AwardsEdit

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

Barcelona Film AwardsEdit

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainEdit

European Film AwardsEdit

Goya AwardsEdit

Feroz AwardsEdit

Spanish Music AwardsEdit

Original SoundtracksEdit


Year Title Notes
2022 Inspector Sun and the course of the black widow
La contadora de películas
Los renglones torcidos de Dios
Poderoso Victoria
El vasco
El test
2020 Campanadas a muerto
Ofrenda a la tormenta
La guerra más larga
2019 El silencio de la ciudad blanca
Legado en los Huesos Soundtrack released by Atresmúsica.
Lo nunca visto
2018 El hijo del acordeonista
Mirage Soundtrack released by Atresmúsica.
70 Binladens Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
Superlópez Soundtrack released by Atresmúsica.
Los futbolísimos Soundtrack released by Atresmúsica.
Sanctuary Documentary. Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
The laws of thermodinamics Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
2017 Que baje Dios y lo vea Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
Thi Mai. Rumbo a Vietnam Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
Marrowbone Soundtrack released by Mira Mi Música.
Submergence Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande Records.
Deep Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
The invisible guardian Soundtrack released by Atresmúsica.
2016 Ozzy Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
Contratiempo Soundtrack released by Sony ATV.
A Monster Calls Soundtrack released by Back Lot Music.
Zip & Zap and the Captain island Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Soundtrack released by Starr Score Holdings, LLC.
2015 Crimson Peak Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
The propaganda game Documentary.
2014 Out of the dark
Hercules Soundtrack released by Sony Classical.
321 Days in Michigan
Ocho apellidos vascos
2013 The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
The last days
Mama Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
2012 Uskyld
The Impossible Soundtrack released by Quartet Records.[9]
Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony Documentary.
2011 The Monitor
Cinco metros cuadrados
2010 Última sesión
Devil Soundtrack released by Varèse Sarabande.
Julia's Eyes
Lope Soundtrack released by Warner Bros. Records.
For the Good of Others
2009 Spanish Movie
Garbo: The Spy Documentary, Soundtrack released by MovieScore Media.
2008 Sexykiller
Shiver Soundtrack released by MovieScore Media.
2007 The Orphanage Soundtrack released by Rhino Records.
Savage Grace
The zone
2006 El síndrome de Svensson
The Backwoods

TV SeriesEdit

Año Película Notas
2022 Alma
2021 El inocente
2020 Patria
2020 Scott y Milá
2018-19 La otra mirada
2018 Diablero
2015-17 Apaches
2015 Aitaren etxea
2013-14 Cuéntame un cuento
2010 Karabudjan
2009 Go!azen
2007 Gominolas


  1. ^ "Fernando Velázquez: «Parece que ahora nada tiene una vocación de permanencia»". Diario Sur (in Spanish). 15 January 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Fernando Velázquez, compositor de bandas sonoras: «¡Hay tanto que aprender de Queen!». Ideal". www.ideal.es. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Fernando Velázquez". Humanity at Music (in European Spanish). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  4. ^ Deia. "Fernando Velázquez lanza su primer álbum "clásico"". www.deia.eus (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  5. ^ "velazquez viento - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Premios Goya 2008 | elmundo.es". www.elmundo.es. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Goya 2013: Todos los nominados a los premios del cine español". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 17 February 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  8. ^ cinececblog (30 January 2017). "Ganadores de la 72 edición de las Medallas CEC". CÍRCULO DE ESCRITORES CINEMATOGRÁFICOS (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Velazquez, Fernando Archives". Quartet Records. Retrieved 27 June 2022.

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