Roque Baños López (b. 1 May 1968, Jumilla, Murcia, Spain) is a Spanish composer and conductor.
Baños 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 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.
Baños' music is notable for a great jazz influence. His work as a film composer has been distinguished with numerous awards and nominations, both with national and international recognition, including nine nominations for the Goya Award. He also has six other nominations for the Spanish Recording Academy of Music Awards, having obtained it three times, and with nine others to the Cinema Writers Circle Awards, from which he won the award three times. He was awarded the Ricardo Franco Awards, throughout his career, at the prestigious Malaga Spanish Film Festival in 2012. And in recent years, especially between 2013 and 2016, he has been awarded numerous international awards for the soundtracks of the films like Evil Dead, Risen, etc.
As an orchestra conductor, Baños performs his own works in numerous concerts in various theatres and auditoriums throughout Spain and abroad, such as Katowice (Poland).
He currently resides between Los Angeles and Madrid, so among his latest works of exclusively American production are the Evil Dead by Fede Álvarez produced by Sam Reimi, Oldboy, by the prestigious director, Spike Lee, In the Heart of the Sea by the acclaimed Ron Howard and Risen by Kevin Reynolds.
Works for Winds
- A Mi Madre (1995)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Roque Baños." Accessed 20 July 2019
- Roque Baños website Accessed 20 July 2019
- Roque Baños, Wikipedia Accessed 20 July 2019