Roque Baños was born in Jumilla (Murcia) in 1968. He began his musical education at the "Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia" where he finished elementary level, specializing in saxophone, obtaining Honors in both Music Theory and in Saxophone. Later on, in 1986, he moved to Madrid, completing his studies at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music with honors and several merit mentions, earning degrees in Saxophone, Piano, Music Theory, Harmony, Counterpoint, Composition and Conducting.

In 1997 he joined the Spanish Army as an officer musician and worked there for 11 years. Mr Baños also developed a career as a concert saxophone player performing in a number of concerts in Spain and abroad, both as a soloist and as part of various chamber ensembles, premiering works by Spanish and foreign composers. His path, however, was always directed towards composition and conducting, finding in these fields his principal occupation. He has premiered and directed his own scores at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Reina Sofia Auditorium, the Cultural Circle of Fine Arts Hall, the Alicante Festival of Contemporary Music amongst other concert halls and events across Spain.

In 1993, after receiving a grant from the Ministry of Culture, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, majoring in Music Composition for Film and Jazz. At Berklee he received the "Robert Share Award" for demonstrating the highest musical-dramatic level in the area of film music composition, and the "Achievement Award" for his outstanding performance abilities. He graduated "Summa Cum Laude" in the fields of Film Scoring and Performance in 1995.

Since 1998 when he scored his first film "Secondary Roads" directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro, he has worked with Spain's most renowned directors such as Alex de la Iglesia, Daniel Monzon, Carlos Saura, Emilio Martinez Lazaro, or Santiago Segura to name a few, and other internationally acclaimed directors such as Jonathan Glazor, Brad Anderson, Marcelo Piñeyro or Gerard Junot amongst others.

He was commissioned to compose an overture for the opening of "Casino de Murcia" which has been really well received, and has been named "Distinguished Son" from his Hometown. His film score suites have been widely performed with great success in many concerts and auditoriums all around Spain and abroad. He conducted performances of his film music suites at the "Real Teatro de la Maestranza" in Seville with Seville´s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, at the "Cordoba Grand Theater", at the "Theater de la Axerquía of Cordova" and "Cabra Auditorium" with Cordoba's Symphonic Orchestra and the Ziryab Chorus (This collaboration resulted in the publication of a double CD + DVD containing the concert from the "Teatro de la Axequia" of Cordoba). Other concert halls where his film music has been performed include the "Auditorio de Badajoz" and "Roman Theater Auditorium", both in Merida with Extremadura's Symphonic Orchestra, the "Auditorio de Murcia" and "Vico Jumilla's Theatre" with Jumilla's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Ziryab, the National Auditorium of Madrid with Filarmonia Orchestra and Chorus, as well as in the Ubeda Film Music Festival's symphonic concerts, the "Heineken Greenspace" with the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Valencia, the Katoviche National Theatre (Poland) with the Orchestra and Camerata Silesia Auks, amongst many others.

His work as a film composer has been distinguished with numerous awards and nominations, both with national and international recognition:

"Goya" Academy Awards, Spain:

2001, nominated Best Original Score for "Commonwealth" (La Comunidad)
2003, nominated Best Original Score for "800 Bullets" (800 Balas)
2003, won Best Original Song for "Sevillana para Carlos" (Salome)
2005, nominated Best Original Score for "The Machinist"
2006, nominated Best Original Score for "Fragile"
2007, nominated Best Original Score for "Alatriste"
2008, won Best Original Score for "13 roses" (Las 13 rosas)
2009, won Best Original Score for "Oxford Murders"
2010, nominated Best Original Score for "Cell 211" (Celda 211)
2011, nominated Best Original Score for "The Last Circus" (Balada Triste de Trompeta)

Spanish Recording Academy of Music Awards:

2001, won Best Original Score for "Commonwealth" (La Comunidad)
2007, nominated Best Original Score for "Alatriste"
2008, nominated Best Original Score for "13 roses" (Las 13 rosas)
2009, won Best Original Score for "Oxford Murders"
2010, won Best Original Score for "Cell 211" (Celda 211)
2011, nominated Best Original Score for "The Last Circus" (Balada Triste de Trompeta)

Cinema Writers Circle Awards:

2000, won Best Original Score for "Goya in Bourdeaux"
2003, nominated Best Original Score for "The other side of the bed"
2004, nominated Best Original Score for "La flaqueza del bolchevique"
2005, nominated Best Original Score for "The 7th day"
2006, nominated Best Original Score for "Fragile"
2008, nominated Best Original Score for "13 roses" (Las 13 rosas)
2009, von Best Original Score for "Oxford Murders"
2010, won Best Original Score for "Cell 211" (Celda 211)
2011, nominated Best Original Score for "The Last Circus" (Balada Triste de Trompeta)

Barcelona FIlm Awards:
2006, nominated Best Original Score for "Fragile"

Toulouse Cinespaña, France:
2003, won Best Original Score for "800 Bullets" (800 Balas)

Cine Colombiano Awards, Colombia:
2005, won Best Original Score for "Rosario Tijeras"

Ariel Academy Awards, Mexico:
2010, 2003, nominated Best Original Score for "Love, pain and viceversa"

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina:
2009, nominated Best Original Score for "Las viudas de lo Jueves"

Ubeda International Film Music Festival:
2007, 2008, 2009, won best spanish composer
2006,2007, 2008, 2010, won best spanish score





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