Lucas Vidal

Lucas Vidal (born 1984) is a two time Goya Awards winner Spanish composer who became the youngest Berklee College of Music student ever to compose and record the score to a feature film with a full orchestra and best known for scores such as Fast & Furious 6.

Lucas Vidal
BornMarch 1984 (age 37)
Madrid, Spain
GenresFilm score
Occupation(s)Composer, conductor, music producer,
Years active2006 – present


Lucas Vidal was born and grew up in Madrid. His father is also a musician and his grandfather was one of the founders of the record company Hispavox. He began studying piano and flute at age 4. When he was 16 years old he went to Berklee College of Music for a summer term to play sax and was introduced to the film scoring department and Vidal decided that he wanted to pursue a career as a film composer. He met his business partner, Steve Dzialowski, and decided to create a company, Music and Motion Productions, while attending Berklee. Vidal made history when he became the youngest Berklee College of Music student ever to compose and record the score to a feature film with a full orchestra. Hundreds of recording sessions and dozens of movie scores, commercial music jobs, video game soundtracks and ballet scores later, Vidal is getting his biggest-ever assignments.[1] After studying with a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, he received his bachelor's degree with Summa Cum Laude and moved to New York City, where he studied at Juilliard and worked on some TV movies for NBC Universal and European projects. Then he decided to move to Los Angeles

Vidal's career was kicked into high gear in 2011 when he was nominated for Breakout Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association for the film "Sleep Tight" ("Mientras Duermes"). In 2012 he composed the musical score for Fast & Furious 6. Other recent projects include The Raven with John Cusack and The Cold Light of Day starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, resulting in a nomination for "Discovery of the Year" at the World Soundtrack Awards

In 2015, Vidal co-founded CHROMA with Steve Dzialowski and Chris Ramsdell. CHROMA has created music for trailers such as The Hunger Games, Terminator, and Interstellar as well as commercials such as Gatorade, Wendy's, and AT&T.

In December[when?], Lucas Vidal conducts the official Christmas concert at the Teatro Real in Madrid playing music by John Williams and his original music too.

Vidal composed the "Olympic Suite for ESPN" for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Later he was awarded an Emmy for the best original music.[2] He worked as well on recent movies such as Alegría, Tristeza, El Árbol de la Sangre, The Best Day of My Life.

He won the Goya for Best Score for the movie Endless Night.

Personal lifeEdit

He lives in Los Angeles and splits his time between his self-made Music and Motion Productions Studios in Venice, California, and Madrid, Spain. In an interview he said: "Hollywood has zero glamour for me," he says. "You work a lot. I get up very early, I go to the studio, I eat in front of the computer, I carry on working and then go to sleep. Only on Tuesdays do I let myself play ping-pong at a club."[3] At the age of 20, Vidal was diagnosed with cancer. During his chemotherapy treatment, which he underwent in Madrid, he could only think about two things: eating snails and composing film music and finally overcame cancer after three months of chemotherapy.

In an interview with Benoit Basirico he said that he had relationships with other Spanish composers: "I have a really good relationship with all the Spanish composers. We are a very small community. I am a close friend of Javier Navarrete and was so sad when he moved back to Spain last year. I am so happy he is doing so well though. I love Alberto Iglesias, who I consider a genius. He is also the nicest and most humble person I know." and talked about other composers "I am a big fan of Alexandre Desplat, I think his music is simply amazing and his range of scores is surreal. He is a true composer before being a film composer. I like Alan Silvestri a lot too. I conducted at the Boston Symphony Hall with him couple of months ago, and I must say that he is a wonderful person."[4]




Year Result Award Category Nominated work Ref.
2009 Won Palermo International Sport Film Festival Golden Knight Basket Bronx
2012 Nominated World Soundtrack Awards World Soundtrack Award Sleep Tight
Nominated Gaudí Awards Gaudí Award [6]
Won Las Vegas International Film Festival Silver Ace Award Green Guys
2016 Won Goya Awards Best original music Nobody Wants the Night [7]
Nominated III Premios Feroz Best original music Palm Trees in the Snow [8]


  1. ^ "Lucas Vidal's Trans-Atlantic Scoring Adventure". ASCAP. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Ashton, Kimberly (August 11, 2016). "Berklee Alumnus Lucas Vidal Creates ESPN Theme for Olympic Games in Rio". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  3. ^ García, Rocío (23 May 2013). "Of the hundred doors you knock on, one always opens". El País (in Spanish). Prisa. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Lucas Vidal, le Compositeur Espagnol qui Monte". Cinezik (in French). 18 June 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ Rivera, Alfonso (14 June 2016). "Xavier Gens directing Aura Garrido in Cold Skin". Retrieved 30 September 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "'Mientras duermes', de Jaume Balagueró, triunfa en los Premios Gaudí". Europa Press (in Spanish). 7 February 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ Cervera, Marta (7 February 2016). "Premios Goya 2016: 'Truman', gran triunfadora". El Periódico (in Spanish). Grupo Zeta. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  8. ^ "La película "La novia", la gran nominada a los Premios Feroz 2016". EFE. Madrid. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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