Carlos José Alvarez

With a lifelong passion for music and a deep love of cinema, Carlos José Alvarez was destined to compose music for the screen. As a child in a Cuban household, he was exposed to a spectrum of music, ranging from the Cuban masters to the great symphonies.  Enthralled by his native music, he began playing percussion at an early age. His formal musical training began at age twelve when he was accepted into a performing arts school where he studied symphonic percussion, music theory and piano.  He then continued his studies in percussion and composition at Florida State University. Upon graduation, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Film Scoring.  Before moving to Hollywood, he was honored with a year long fellowship to study conducting in Athens, Greece under maestro Michalis Economou (Athens Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra).

Alvarez’s dynamic versatility is evident through his expanding body of work. His first composing break came in 2009 with his acclaimed score to the supernatural-thriller Deadline, starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch.  Since then, the emerging composer has scored numerous feature films including the award winning sci-fi thriller The Quiet Hour (Dakota Blue Richards), romantic comedy Inventing Adam, and the critically acclaimed documentary Cubamerican (Andy Garcia and Steven Bauer).  He also composed the logo music for TSG Entertainment which has been featured in front of many FOX blockbusters including The Martian, and The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  

In addition, Alvarez has contributed his music to the Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning drama Still Alice (Julianne Moore),The Last of Robin Hood (Susan Sarandon, Kevin Kline), Pedro (MTV Films) and collaborated on such notable films as One for the Money (Lionsgate), Fame (MGM) and 9 (Focus Features).  His music can also be heard in a variety of trailers for Universal Pictures and He has also composed music for over 100 national commercial campaigns such as BMW, Acura, Home Depot, Target and Best Buy.  Some of his collaborations as an arranger and songwriter include singing legend Ana Gabriel, as well as broadway leading ladies Janet Dacal and Ana Villafañe.

In his artistic process, he considers himself as much a storyteller as a composer. His narrative sensibility and unique talent to craft powerful and moving melodies is quickly making him one of Hollywood's rising composers.  Alvarez’s music can be heard next in the upcoming multi-award winning drama Of Mind and Music (Joaquim de Almeida and Aunjanue Ellis) as well as Lionsgate’s thriller Exposed (Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino).  He resides in Los Angeles. 

 
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