Composer Fernando Velázquez has been presented with the International Film Music Critics Association Award for Film Music Composition of the Year in 2012 for the outstanding “Main Titles” composition from The Impossible (Lo Imposible) by IFMCA member Sergio Hardasmal.
This is Velázquez’s first IFMCA win; he was nominated for Film Score of the Year, Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Score for a Drama film for this score in 2012, and previously received a nomination in the Documentary category (Garbo: El Espía, 2009). The other nominees in the Composition category were “The Cloud Atlas Sextet for Orchestra” from Cloud Atlas by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil; “John Carter of Mars” from John Carter by Michael Giacchino; “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi by Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; and “The Peterson House and Finale” from Lincoln by John Williams.
The Impossible is a harrowing drama which follows a family devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, and directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. Velázquez’s contribution to the film is his beautiful, moving, string-led orchestral score, which brought the composer to international attention for the first time.
Velázquez’s career began with him as an accomplished cello player in various orchestras in Spain, before moving on to composition after studying in Madrid and Paris. Priot to working on The Impossible Velázquez composed such outstanding scores as Backwoods, Garbo the Spy, the internationally acclaimed horror score for El Orfanato (The Orphanage) – also for director Bayona – Shiver, Lope, Devil, Savage Grace and his recent horror score for Guillermo del Toro´s Mama.
Fernando is currently working on composing new scores for such different movies as a comedy based on the famous Spanish comics Zipi and Zape, and the fantasy Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box.
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