Musical Biography

Born in Tenerife in 1972, Diego Navarro’s musical career began with the performance of his first composition at the age of 13.  At 21 he conducted an orchestra for the first time.  The composer and orchestra conductor, specialized in film music, enjoys nowadays an international reputation. Navarro composes, orchestrates and conducts his music. 

His most noteworthy film scores include Enrique Gato’s animated movie  “Capture the Flag”, "Oscar. Una pasión surrealista" (Oscar, The Color Of Destiny), and the two award winning films "Puerta del Tiempo"(Time Gate), a cartoon feature film nominated for Best Animation Film in the XVII edition of Goya Awards (Spanish Film Academy), and “Mimesis: Night of the living dead”, his first incursion in the American Horror genre, among others.

In May 2010, prestigious soundtrack record label Varèse Sarabande started releasing his music with a selection of Navarro's music for "Oscar, the color of Destiny" and “Look at the Moon” (documentary film produced by Elías Querejeta). He is one of the four Spanish composers included in the catalogue of this label. The editions of his music have received the best reviews in international magazines. Varèse has also released albums and DVD’s of Navarro’s recordings as a conductor.

Navarro is the director and the father of the Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), which started its first edition in 2007 obtaining great success (www.fimucite.com). About to celebrate its 10th edition, he has consolidated an international role promoting film music. Navarro has conducted a great number of world premieres, big Hollywood and European blockbusters, many of them specially arranged for FIMUCITÉ: “Perfume: History of a murderer”, Marvel’s super productions (“Ironman”, Spiderman III”, “Thor”, or “Fantastic Four”) with a special emphasis on “Alien a biomechanical Symphony”, a selection of the best music written for this 20th Century Fox Franchise (released by Varèse Sarabande) and also performed in Krakow’s FMF in 2012. It is also important to emphasize the tributes he has conducted in FIMUCITÉ to important classic composers such as Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Barry and other contemporary maestros like Patrick Doyle or Antón García Abril, among many others. The UNIVERSAL PICTURES STUDIOS 100th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT, DREAMWORKS ANIMATION STUDIOS TRIBUTE, JAMES BOND 50th ANNIVERSARY or VARÈSE SARABANDE’S 35th ANNIVERSARY, make part of Navarro’s conducting highlights.

Navarro’s latest success, include the world premiere of “The Dark Knight: A Gotham Symphony”, an ambitious symphonic piece that gathers the best scores ever written for Batman to celebrate his 75th anniversary, including the world premiere of “The Grand Gothic Suite” arranged by Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal for the festival, including his scores for “Frida” and “Interview with a vampire”.

Diego Navarro has a strong link with the FMF in Krakow since 2009, where he is the main guest conductor, the brotherhood between both International Film Music Festivals started when he first conducted at the Blonnia Fields. His most celebrated concerts are:

The James Bond tribute (co-produced with FIMUCITÉ) at the Cracow Arena (audience of 15,000 people); the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) official 100th Anniversary concert, where he worked with Hans Zimmer (Inception), Elliot Goldenthal, Dario Marianelli, Patrick Doyle and more, this concert was held at the “Arcelor Mittal” and was enjoyed by 5.000 people. 

In November 2014, Michael Giacchino commissions Navarro to conduct the Paris Symphony Orchestra performing his scores for  “LOST”, “The Incredibles”, “Up”, “Ratatuille”, The Planet of the Apes”  at the “Festival des musiques à l´image 2014”, together with pieces of French composer Jean Michel Bernard.

In May 2015, Navarro was again invited by FMF to conduct the TV music gala at the Krakow Arena, including “Games of Thrones”, “Lost” and “Downton Abbey”. An outstanding audience of 15.000 people enjoyed the concert in the Krakow Tauron Arena.

Navarro has conducted among others the Paris Symphony Orchestra, Krakow’s Symphony Orchestra, Aukso Orchestra, Golden State Pop Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta Sinfónica de Malaga, Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc.

In FIMUCITÉ IX, July 2015, Navarro conducted again The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and the Tenerife Film Choir in two great concerts.  “The French connection” was a tribute to French cinema and its main scores with Maurice Jarre (Lawrence de Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, etc.), George Delerue (with a selection of François Truffaut’s films), Francis Lai, Phillipe Sarde, Jean Michel Bernard, and Oscar winners Alexander Desplat and Ludovic Bource, who joined the stage playing the piano his score for “The Artist”.  The closing night gala, “Back in time, 1985 live”, included legendary movies like “Back in time”, “the Goonies”, “Cocoon”, “Lady Hawk”, “The color Purple” enjoyed by a full house of 1,700 and deserved several standing ovations. 

Navarro’s last movie, “Capture the Flag” was released in August 2015. Directed by Enrique Gato (Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones), it is the first Spanish animation movie to be distributed worldwide by a Hollywood Studio (Paramount Pictures), and the only Animated film authorized by NASA to use its logo, name and history.  It has become 2015 biggest blockbuster in Spain till November 2015 with more than 2,500,000 spectators. More than 11,000,000€ box office gross after running in theaters for 15 weeks straight. The movie has been awarded “Best Animation Movie” at the:

  • GOYA (Spanish Film Academy)
  • Gaudi Award”
  • Forqué Award”
  • Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos Award”, among others.  

 So far, “Capture the Flag” score has received 5 nominations to various national and international awards. Prestigious Spanish film magazine “Fotogramas” included “Capture the Flag” in the 2015 “Top 10 Scores” together with Star Wars or Cinderella. Recently, the score received nominations for the IFMCA AWARDS in two categories: “Best Original Score for an Animated Feature” sharing nomination with “Inside Out” (Giacchino) or “The Good Dinosaur” (Mychael Danna), among others, and “Breakthrough Composer of the Year”. The score has been released by Quartet Records and its main theme was premiered conducted by the composer, during the last edition of FIMUCITÉ. This film is a coproduction by Telecinco Cinema, Telefónica Studios, Lightbox Entertainment, El Toro Pictures, Ikiru Films and 4Cats Pictures.

 Diego Navarro will be soon scoring the feature “Pasaje al Amanecer” (Ticket to Sunrise), an intense drama directed and written by Andreu Castro and produced by Artmedia Producciones and La Fábrica de la Tele.

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