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Conrado Xalabarder

History of Film Music

Conrado Xalabarder is an internationally Spanish renowned specialist in film music who regularly participates as a lecturer in seminars, workshops and masterclasses on the subject.

He has shared lectures, classes and conferences with composers such as Oscar-winners Michael Giacchino, Dave Grusin, Ludovic Bource; Oscar nominees Bruno Coulais, Patrick Doyle, Mark Isham, Bruce Broughton, or prestigious composers such as John Scott, Joel McNeely, Christopher Young, Wataru Hokoyama, Christopher Lennertz, Blake Neely, Bear McCreary, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter, Boris Slavov, Trevor Morris, Richard Bellis, as well as all the major Spanish composers. He has also interviewed composers Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Luis Bacalov, John Addison, and many others.

He teaches film music at the University of Vic (Barcelona), and has been invited to teach internationally at universities, film schools and music conservatories in Spain, France, Poland, México, Colombia and Argentina.

Conrado Xalabarder is the author of books on film scoring such as “Enciclopedia de las Bandas Sonoras”, “Música de cine: Una ilusión óptica” (Film Music: An Optical Illusion) and “El Guion Musical en el Cine” (The Music Script in Film). Since 1996 Conrado writes on film music for the magazine Fotogramas and is the director and webmaster of, the world’s largest site of film music reviews, with 35.000 soundtracks, more than 7.000 composers, and about 800 articles and videos published on film music subject. Conrado Xalabarder also works as a music consultant (use of music) in films and other audio-visual projects.