The FIMUCITÉ - Antón García Abril Award is an elegant sculpture made by the Canary artist Eugenio Correa Rijo. Created in 2009, it represents the composer’s passion for his own scores and also serves to acknowledge other composers and professionals involved in film music. It is a token of affection, gratitude and veneration from the Festival to different film music figures whose works and efforts have proven essential in sharing knowledge about this art form and increasing understanding amongst audiences.
Miguel Ángel Ordóñez
In 2005, Miguel Ángel Ordóñez founded the specialist soundtrack website scoremagacine.com, for which he is the director and for which he has written over 150 reviews and studies devoted to names in film music such as Toru Takemitsu, George Antheil or Leonard Rosenman.
From 2005 to 2017, Miguel organised the Premios de la Crítica Musical Cinematográfica Española, the only awards decided upon writers in the field of soundtracks. Since 2011, the awards have been given in FIMUCITÉ, where the winning works are performed in presence of their composers.
In 2018 he produced, with label Quartet Records, the published physical edition of the score for classic Spanish television show “El hombre y la tierra”, one of the most complex and revered soundtracks in the field of applied music, composed by Antón García Abril.
Wojciech Kilar was a Polish classical and film music composer. His film scores have won many honors including the best score award for the music to Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land) in 1975, followed by the Prix Louis Delluc in 1980 for the music to Le Roi et l'Oiseau / The King and the Mockingbird, and an award at the CorkInternational Film Festival for the music to From A Far Country (1981) about the life of Pope John Paul II.
One of his greatest successes came with his score to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1993 which received the ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Producers in Los Angeles, nominated also for the Saturn Awardfor Best Music in a science fiction, fantasy, or horror film in San Francisco in 1993. In 2003, he won the César Award for Best Film Music written for The Pianist, at France's 28th César Awards Ceremony in 2003, for which he also received a BAFTA nomination. The film's soundtrack featured his "Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940" with the other 10 tracks being works by Frédéric Chopin. The music in the movie includes pieces by Beethoven and Bach.
One of the foremost talents in film music today, Golden Globe-nominated composer Christopher Young has scored an impressive number of features in virtually every genre, all with strikingly original music. The spine-tingling “Hellraiser” showcases the composer’s seminal upbringing in horror; the new-techno sound of “Swordfish” displays his versatility; the resonant, genuine Celtic sounds of “The Shipping News” display his attention to detail; to the heart-pounding rhythms of “Spider-Man 3” are all evidence of his willingness to experiment. These scores are among the nearly 100 films that embody the work of this prolific composer.
A great lover of cinema, he combined his innate musicality with the seventh art from a young age. In love with Baroque and Johann Sebastian Bach, inspired by the works of Nino Rota, Carlo Rustichelli, Ennio Morricone, but also by the great international composers, he made his decision to undertake this career after having witnessed, thanks to Sergio Leone, the recording of the soundtrack of "Giù la testa".
He studied piano and many other instruments, but the great companion of a lifetime is the classical guitar. In addition to composing for the movie industry, he signed the music of many TV series and variety shows for the Italian television. He writes a lot for the theatre and considers the creation of his numerous ballets a feather in his cap.
The beginning of his career was marked by the success of an iconic comedy of Italian cinema, FANTOZZI. Immediately afterwards he formed a composition trio with Franco Bixio and Vince Tempera: together they carried out a great activity from 1976 to 1979.
In 1979 this collaboration ended and his life as an independent composer began.
He worked alongside famous Italian directors, Luciano Salce, Steno, Vittorio Sindoni, Tonino Valerii, Gabriele Lavia, Bruno Corbucci, Carlo and Enrico Vanzina.
A special mention deserves the collaboration with the director Lucio Fulci, which lasted from 1975 to 1990, a real fil rouge of Frizzi's career, which gave him an international visibility and appreciation among the lovers of genre cinema.
"THE BEYOND", "CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD", "THE FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE", "SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK", "SILVER SADDLE". "ZOMBI 2", "MANHATTAN BABY", "UN GATTO NEL CERVELLO" are the most popular titles.
In 2003 Quentin Tarantino, a great fan of Lucio Fulci's cinema, wanted to include in the soundtrack of "KILL BILL: VOL 1" the main theme of "SEVEN NOTES IN BLACK".
Since 2008 he has had many international collaborations, writing music for successful short films. Since 2013 he has been working with some independent US productions involved in the horror industry. In 2018, for the Cinestate of Dallas Sonnier and Fangoria he created the soundtrack for "PUPPET MASTER THE LITTLEST REICH". At the end of 2020 the same production released another horror genre classic remake, "CASTLE FREAK" scored by Frizzi.
Since 2013 Frizzi has been travelling the world with its 3 shows that attract many fans almost everywhere: Europe, North America, Middle East... "FRIZZI 2 FULCI" a tribute to the director Lucio Fulci, "THE BEYOND COMPOSER'S CUT", the screening of one of his cult movies with the live performance of the soundtrack and "FABIO FRIZZI - REWIND" an autobiographical show of music and anecdotes.
His autobiography, "FABIO FRIZZI - Backstage di un compositore" has just been released in Italy.
Dr Trevor Jones has composed music for over 90 film and television projects, including the Golden Globe nominee The Last Of The Mohicans (1992), the major blockbuster Notting Hill (1999) and Jim Henson's cult classics, The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986).
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Trevor left the continent at the age of 17 after receiving a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Throughout his time at University he composed music for 23 student films, including the Oscar winning, The Dollar Bottom (1981). Shortly afterwards he completed his first major work, Excalibur (1981).
Throughout his impressive career he has worked with some of the finest actors and film-makers in the industry; recording with world-renowned orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The Medici String Quartet amongst many others.
In recent years, Trevor has been working to promote diversity and new talent within the creative industry, including working with Music Exchange to empower up-and-coming musicians in South Africa.
James Fitzpatrick was co-founder of Silva Screen Records over 25 years ago, one of the most successful independent record labels in the UK specialising in recordings of classic film music including the music of HANS ZIMMER, JERRY GOLDSMITH, MAX STEINER, ALFRED NEWMAN, JEROME MOROSS, JOHN BARRY, MAURICE JARRE and many others. Disillusioned by the downward trend within the record industry but still passionate about “live” orchestral recording, he created Tadlow Music in 2002 providing a service both the film, TV and video game industry as well as record labels with first class orchestral recording in both London and Prague. The idea being to keep music live …but offer clients a choice in price, but no difference in quality, between recording locations to try and make best use of each budget. In the past few years he has worked with the likes of RACHEL PORTMAN, KEVIN KINER, GABRIEL YARED, BRIAN TYLER, MYCHAEL DANNA and many others.
With the immediate success of the contracting business, James Fitzpatrick did what he vowed never to do again…start an independent record label devoted to classic film music! !So in 2005 the Tadlow Music label was started … and has won accolades and acclaim for each of their very select group of recordings which include new complete recordings of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (Jarre), THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (Tiomkin), TRUE GRIT (Bernstein), EL CID (Miklos Rozsa), EXODUS (Gold), VILLA RIDES! (Jarre), TARAS BULBA (Waxman) and most recently OBSESSION (Herrmann).
He has also produced many other recordings for other labels including for Prometheus Records CONAN THE BARBARIAN and DESTROYER (Poledouris), HOUR OF THE GUN, SALAMANDER and QBVII (Goldsmith), THE ALAMO and FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (Tiomkin), THE BETSY and MISTER MOSES (John Barry). Since then both the contracting business and the record label have gone from success to success. www.tadlowmusic.com
Howard Shore is one of today's premier composers whose music is performed in concert halls around the world by the most prestigious orchestras and is heard in cinemas across the globe.
Shore's musical interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as portrayed in the films directed by Peter Jackson, have enthralled people of all generations for years. This work stands as his most acclaimed composition to date awarding him with three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes as well as numerous critic's and festival awards.
He is an Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France, the recipient of Canada's Governor General's Performing Arts Award and is an officer of the Order of Canada. The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures honored Howard Shore with an award for Career Achievement for Music Composition, the City of Vienna bestowed him with the Max Steiner Award and in 2017 he received the Wojciech Kilar Award established by the mayors of Krakow and Katowice. Shore has received numerous other awards for his career achievements.
Shore has been invited to speak at many prestigious institutions, including La Fémis in Paris with Michel Hazanavicius. Other notable talks have been at Oxford Union, Royal Conservatory, Yale, NYU, Julliard, UCLA, University of Toronto, Berklee School of Music, Berlinale, Cinémathèque in Paris, and at Trinity College Dublin where he received the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage.
Perhaps most notable from his early career, Shore was one of the original creators of Saturday Night Liveand served as music director from 1975 – 1980. At the same time, he began collaborating with David Cronenberg and has since scored 15 of the director's films, including The Fly, Crash, and Naked Lunch. He was awarded Canadian Screen Awards for Maps to the Stars for score and Cosmopolis for both score and song. His original scores to A Dangerous Method, Eastern Promises and Dead Ringers were eachhonoured with a Genie Award. Shore continues to distinguish himself with a wide range of projects, from Martin Scorsese's Hugo, The Departed, The Aviator (for which he won his third Golden Globe Award)and Gangs of New York to Ed Wood, Se7en, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Mrs. Doubtfire and the score for Tom McCarthy's Academy Award-winning film Spotlight. His score for François Girard's film The Song of Namespremiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019 and won the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Score and Song. In 2020, his scores for Michel Hazanavicius' film Le Prince Oublié premiered in France in February and Kornél Mundruczó's Pieces of a Woman premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in September.
In 2003, Shore conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington. Since then, the Symphony and The Lord of the Rings – Live to Projection concerts have had over 500 performances by the world's most prestigious orchestras.
His opera, The Fly (2008), premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Los Angeles Opera and completed a successful run in Germany at Theatre Trier. Other works include the piano concerto Ruin and Memory for Lang Lang (2010), the song cycle A Palace Upon the Ruins commissioned for mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (2014), a cello concerto Mythic Gardens commissioned for Sophie Shao(2012), Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ in Philadelphia (2008), Sea to Sea in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation (2017), and the song cycle L'Aubepremiered in October 2017 performed by Susan Platts and commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 2018 saw the premiere performance of Shore's Latin Mass for the Hof Church in Lucerne, Switzerland. The Forest, a guitar concerto composed for Miloš was commissioned and conducted by Alexander Shelley for The National Arts Centre Orchestra. The concerto premiered on May 1, 2019.
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Antón García Abril
Marco Beltrami, Oscar nominated twice for “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Hurt Locker”, received the Fimucité Award in 2013.
Heattended the festival and offered the audience his last works for “Snowpiercer” and “The Wolverine” together with the world première of his science fictions and fantasy suites “I Robot”, “Mimic”, “Knowing” and “Hellboy”.
Fimucité 2013 Life achievement was given to Elmer Bernstein, a key composer, who turned from European 30’s and 40’s film music to a jazzier American style. His cinematographic career began with two extraordinary and quite different works, “The Man with the Golden Arm” and “The 10 Commandements”, and after that he continued a legacy full of creativeness and sensitivity.
Fimucité and the Big Band de Canarias offered a retrospective concert with his talented works for television and cinema, including “The Man with the Golden Arm”, “The Silencers”, “Johnny Stacato”, “Devil in a Blue Dress”, “Sweet Smell of Success” or “Walk on the Wild Side”.
Diego García Soto
Preparing the last details of 2013’s edition, we knew of the passing of this pioneer voice in the broadcasting of film music in Canary Islands.
Many learned to enjoy this art thanks to the passion of this great communicatorand his radio program. FIMUCITÉ dedicated him the concert given by the professional Band of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, under the baton of Benigno Cedrés, and gave his family a special recognition for his devotion to film music.
In 2012, the Tenerife International Film Music Festival wanted to present his most precious award to a key composer in film history, author of wonderful melodies and direct example when we refer to the introduction of jazz in film music.
Henry Mancini is one of the audience most recognized and beloved composers, with a repertoire that still influences nowadays Hollywood professionals.
In order to illustrate better this award, FIMUCITÉ scheduled, together with the Big Band de Canarias, a tribute concert that brought back some of the most renowned scores of the author of “The Pink Panther”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or “Charade” to its jazz original field.
James Newton Howard
With its intention of bringing closer modern film music to the general audience, the Tenerife International Film Music Festival gave its main award to veteran composer James Newton Howard, a versatile professional with a large filmography and whose signature is, right now, one of the most esteemed in Hollywood.
The author of the scores for “The Fugitive”, “The Village” or “Snow White and the Huntsman” is characterized not only by his ability to adapt himself to all kind of stories and genres, but also by always offering wonderful melodies that haunt the audience.
This FIMUCITÉ Award was collected by his friend and longtime collaborator Pete Anthony, who conducted the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Tenerife Film Choir in a concert with some of Newton Howard’s most important works.
Film Music Festival (FMF) de Krakow
In 2012, FIMUCITÉ also wanted to award a prize for the task carried out by the Krakow Festival Office with their Film Music Festival (FMF), an event that has programmed great concerts with important international artists for five years.
The bounds established between the FMF and FIMUCITÉ have created a European circuit of film music concerts that has boosted these works presence in the Old Continent.
The award was accepted by Robert Piaskowski, Artistic Director of Film Music Festival and Deputy Program Director of the Krakow Festival Office.
2011 FIMUCITÉ Awards also wanted to pay tribute to a composer that changed the Hollywood industry in the 1940s, Bernard Herrmann, during the celebration of his 100th anniversary.
His rupture with the Hollywood studios system and his relationship with filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Harryhausen, François Truffaut, Brian DePalma or Martin Scorsese marked the transition between the classic era and the modern cinema.
This award was the climax of a tribute concert featuring some of his most important works.
Patrick Doyle was also awarded by FIMUCITÉ in 2011. His career in Hollywood and Europe, in cinema, theatre and concert halls, endorses him as a key composer linking different cinematographic industries in the world.
His professional relationship with filmmaker Kenneth Branagh has also made the fascinating power of Williams Shakespeare’s works reach a broad audience.
FIMUCITÉ’s organization was honored to have this exceptional composer in 2011 and did not want to miss the chance to present him with their most precious award.
Publicist Ray Costa is the founder and president of Costa Communications, one of the most important advertising companies specialized in Film Music in The United States. His task takes place behind the screen, but necessary to obtain the deserved recognition for talented composers in events such as Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, EMI or Tony Awards.
He has represented renowned composers including Mychael Danna, Craig Armstrong, John Debney, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Menken, John Powell or Javier Navarrete.
In 2010, The FIMUCITÉ Green Award, which recognizes works related to sustainability and preservation of our planet in the artistic fields of music and film, went to French composer Bruno Coulais, the first one to win it thanks to his work in nature documentaries such as “Oceans” or “Microcosmos”.
As a sample, the Festival programmed a concert with scores for these films, which concluded with the presentation of the award.
Alex North has been a very dearest composer to FIMUCITÉ. In 2008, his rejected score for “2001. A Space Odyssey” became the leitmotiv of that edition.
The first book published by the festival analyzed this work and the circumstances of the rejection. In 2010, North became again the protagonist of a tribute, in this occasion to his whole career due to the first centenary of his birth.
This moving moment had Robert Townson there, personal friend of the composer, who accepted the award on behalf of his family and conveyed the audience and the festival organization their gratitude.
As part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of “Jaws”, in 2010 FIMUCITÉ staged a tribute to one of the most important names in the last 40 years of film music: John Williams.
As well as the previous composers who had received the Life Achievement Award, John Williams’ name cannot be separated from the Seventh Art and his scores have helped to identify the world of cinema with a specific kind of sounds. In this occasion, his agenda did not allow him to accept it, so the organization of the festival flew to his office in Los Angeles to present him the award.
One of the first sculptures was given to Robert Townson, a professional who has devoted his life to film music as a record producer at Varèse Sarabande Records. He has always struggled hard to make these scores get the proper recognition over their engagement with the pictures.
An excellent composer, McNeely has also been a key figure in the new recordings of classic film scores, returning the strength and original sound to them so that the new generations of film music lovers could also appreciate the legacy given by the Classic Hollywood. He has conducted the re-recordings of great works by Bernard Herrmann, John Barry or Franz Waxman.
McNeely was also the first conductor invited to FIMUCITÉ and, together with Diego Navarro, gave an extraordinary Closing Concert in 2008, released by Varèse Sarabande Records.
From the first edition, FIMUCITÉ has undertaken to give more importance to music for television. In this sense, the Award to Mark Snow is also a recognition of his prolific career for television with scores for The X-Files, The Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millenium, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, T. J. Hooker, Starsky and Hutch or Hart to Hart.
In 2009, Snow was the guest conductor of the festival, providing vitality and enthusiasm, not only to the concert of his scores, but to the tribute to Jerry Goldsmith at the Closing Concert of FIMUCITÉ 3.
There are names that have become synonymous with film music. We would not understand this art the same way without them. Their scores not only have enriched many legendary films of Film History, but have also helped to get new film music lovers. Jerry Goldsmith deserves to be on the top of that list and that is the reason why FIMUCITÉ wanted to give him the first Life Achievement Award.
In 2009, his score for the Alien saga was chosen as the leitmotif of the festival and part of the program of the Closing Concert was devoted to his film music legacy (a concert that will be released again by the label Varèse Sarabande). The tribute also included the presentation of the award to his widow, Carol Goldsmith.