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About me
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I’m a Venezuelan film composer based in Paris. Music has been my passion since a very early age; I started playing guitar when I was nine years old and formed my first rock bands a few years later. Before leaving my home country, I had the privilege of studying harmony and piano with jazz maestro Gerry Weil. When I arrived in France, I pursued a degree in music and sound engineering at UPEM University, while also studying composition, counterpoint, and electroacoustic music at the Val-Maubuée Conservatoire.

Film has always been one of my great passions in addition to music. In 2017, I began a film score program at the Paul Dukas Conservatoire, and later pursued a film score diploma at the High National Superior Conservatory of Paris (CNSMD Paris), where I graduated with honors in 2022.

My experience ranges from writing original music for short films, feature documentaries, advertising, dance performances, live-to-picture concerts, projection mappings, and orchestral works. I’m currently composing the original music for two feature films set to be released in 2024.

My eclectic musical background allows me to explore many influences, always seeking to serve the universe of each project. Creative collaboration and working alongside directors to find the right music for a project are some of my favorite aspects of being a film composer.

Besides composing, I’m also an orchestrator and composer assistant. Notably, I did orchestration for the Latin Grammy-nominated album “Gerry Weil Sinfónico.” As a composer assistant, I’ve worked with French composer Delphine Malausséna on numerous film and TV projects.

Musical approach and philosophy

One of the key aspects of why I enjoy what I do is that film scoring is always an adventure into the unknown. Music is infinite, and the possibilities for scoring a scene are endless. It's in this initial discovery phase that, alongside the director or the creative team, we sail into the "sea of possibilities" (as Patti Smith would say) and set out to discover the music that best suits the film. Intuition guides every step of this journey, often taking us to strange or unexpected places. Sometimes the most obvious musical choice works best for a scene, and sometimes, through musical exploration and experimentation, we find something completely unexpected that resonates on a core emotional level.

My years of formal musical training in composition, as well as my years of experience in screen scoring, have provided me with the technical and musical tools to explore all musical genres. I always approach every project with a blank slate, detached from any preconceived notion of what a film score can or cannot be.


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Awards, residences and festivals

Masterclass 2022 et Troisième Personnage 2023, 2024
Compositeur et interprète du ciné-concert de clôture du Festival en 2022.

France Music-SACEM film score award

Michel Legrand fait son cinéma 2022
Commission from Radio France following the 2020 "Prix de l'avenir"

Music Village 2021
Among the four composers selected to participate in the 2021 Music Village residency


Festival Enfances au Cinéma 2021, 2020
Composer for a children’s film concert

Festival credits
Composer for festival opening credits films Taste of Tokyo (2019), Idol-Idol (2019), Bumba meu Boi (2018)


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