The IFMCA is delighted to announce that five new members have been accepted into the Association in 2015
Roberto Aschieri, freelance (Chile)
Juan Carlos Jiménez, El Cine por Los Oídos (Spain)
Karol Krok, Films On Wax (UK/Poland)
Mihnea Manduteanu, Soundtrack Dreams (Romania)
Xinkai Sun, freelance (China/Australia)
Roberto is a film producer, conductor and producer of radio and TV shows in Chile. He was born in Argentina and began to study film and collect soundtracks in 1980. For professional reasons he relocated to Santiago in Chile in 1992. He soon started writing articles for El Mercurio. In 1999 he published his first book on the works of John Williams, “Over The Moon,” which was acknowledged by the Maestro himself. He has also conducted interviews with numerous composers including John Williams, Joel Goldsmith, Howard Shore, David Shire, Gustavo Santaolalla, Lalo Schifrin and Antonio Pinto. Since 2000 he has been a columnist for Radio Beethoven, and since 2001 a conductor and producer of his program “Funcion Privada”. In 2007 he debuted as a writer, conductor and producer of the documentary series “Escuchando El Cine,” which explored the art and craft of film music. That same year he served as a consultant for the feature film “Papelucho,” with music by Pablo Avila. For the first ever Morricone concert in Chile he wrote an article covering the event. In 2012 he had his third season with CNN-Chile, focusing on the value of cinema and the emotional aspects that define the cinematic experience. Robert has about 1,000 soundtrack albums and 3,000 film score CDs in his collection. His favorite composer is Jerry Goldsmith, and he is partial to his works of the 1970 and 1980s.
Juan Carlos is the creator, along Jaime Ramos, of “El Cine por Los Oídos”, a Spanish language podcast which explains and analyzes the value and importance of film music featuring different topics each week. A journalist and assistant director on TV, Juan Carlos also collaborates on radio programs like “Vivir de Cine” and web pages like “35 Milímetros” and “Cinéfagos” always focusing on film music. His favorite composer is Jerry Goldsmith and if you can hum Gizmo’s theme, you are already his friend!
Karol is a lifelong film score enthusiast and a frequent attendant of various concerts dedicated to this subject. Karol is the editor of the film score criticism outlet Films On Wax, for which he writes regular soundtrack reviews and features, including interviews with such names as Dario Marianelli, Howard Shore and Abel Korzeniowski. He used to provide similar content for the major Polish radio station’s official website, Polskie Radio Online. Karol also runs behind-the-scenes film website The Assembly Cut. and currently resides in the hills of Derbyshire in central England.
Mihnea is of Romanian ancestry and currently resides in Bucharest. He has a MBA degree in Audit and Capital Markets, with an occupation in banking. He has been writing film music reviews in earnest since 2014 for his own website Soundtrack Dreams. To date he has 700 reviews to his credit. He enjoys collecting and has more than 2,000 film scores in his collection. Mihnea has written a number of articles including a review of Patrick Doyle’s score for Great Expectations. He has also had the pleasure of interviewing several composers including, Lorne Balfe, John Lunn, Freddie Wiedmann and Cris Velasco. He counts Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Ennio Morricone, James Horner and Patrick Doyle among his favorite composers.
Xinkai is a freelance film music journalist from Guangzhou, China, now studying for a Masters in Architecture in Melbourne, Australia. He has been writing reviews and film music related news on Chinese micro-blogging website “Weibo” since 2011 in order to promote film music amongst Chinese movie goers. He also write score reviews for other media platforms such as Movie View Weekly Magazine. On the journey of popularizing film music culture in China, he is also translating “Film Music: A History” by James Wierzbicki into Chinese with other colleagues. With current architectural education and previous classical music background such as grade 8 piano performance issued by the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in UK, he possesses an analytical understanding towards the structure and the narration of film music composition.
Congratulations, and welcome to the new members!