Alberto Iglesias at Film Music Festival in Cracow (2013)
|Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi|
|Born||21 October 1955|
San Sebastián, Spain
|Genres||Film score, classical|
Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi (born 21 October 1955, in San Sebastián) is a Spanish composer. He was first noticed as a score composer for Spanish films, mostly from Pedro Almodóvar and Julio Medem. His career became more international with time and he eventually started to work also in Hollywood. Since then, he has been nominated three times for an Academy Award for his work in the films The Constant Gardener (2005),The Kite Runner (2007) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). His other film credits include soundtracks for Steven Soderbergh's Che. and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January (2014). He also has worked for ballet and has done other classical music work.
Alberto Iglesias Fernández-Berridi was born in 1955 in San Sebastián. His sister is visual artist Cristina Iglesias. Iglesias was the brother-in-law of the late Spanish sculptor, Juan Muñoz.
Iglesias studied harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatory of his home city, with Francisco Escudero, continuing his formation in Paris, where he studied composition and piano, and at Phonos studios, in Barcelona, where he learned electronic music. Afterwards, he created a duo of electronic music with Javier Navarrete, who worked and performed together from 1981 to 1986. He began working in film composition in the 1980s. Iglesias has composed a number of scores for films directed by Pedro Almodóvar, such as The Flower of My Secret (1995), Live Flesh (1997), All About My Mother (1999), Talk to Her (2002), Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009) and The Skin I Live In (2011).
Iglesias garnered his first Oscar nomination for his score in Fernando Meirelles's film adaptation of The Constant Gardener (2005). Iglesias also composed the score for The Kite Runner (2007), based on Khaled Hosseini's 2003 novel of the same name. He earned his second Oscar nomination for that score.
That same year, Iglesias composed the music for Tomas Alfredson's film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. Iglesias told the Los Angeles Times, "(Alfredson) explained to me very well what this film is about. It's a film about loyalties and human relationships. Their spies are victims of this moment. That was the most important thing he told me. The film and the music show the more human side." He received his third Oscar nomination for the latter film.