Federico Jusid

Composer of Life Itself and Netflix’s Watership Down

Source: Circe F. Ervina

Source: Circe F. Ervina

Award-winning composer, Federico Jusid, is a multifaceted artist with many titles including concert pianist, conductor, and film and theater producer. He is best known for scoring the Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language film, “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which Federico composed with Emilio Kauderer. He won several international awards for composing the film’s original score, including the award for Best Music from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina. Federico most recently completed the score for “This Is Us” creator Dan Fogelman’s upcoming drama, “Life Itself,” starring Olivia Wilde and Oscar Isaac, premiering in theaters September 21. Additionally, he is currently scoring the new “Watership Down” mini-series being co-produced by BBC and Netflix, featuring a star-studded cast including John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley and Daniel Kaluuya. His other recent work includes scoring Spanish dramas such as, “Loving Pablo,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, “La noche de 12 años” and “Ola de crimenes.”

In 2016, Federico was recognized as Composer of the Year by the Spanish Music Critics Association. He won three International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) awards for his music on the Spanish historical fiction series, “Isabel,” and won two additional IFMCA awards for his score on “Carlos, Rey Emperador.” Additionally, Federico received two Platinum Film Award nominations for scoring the critically acclaimed biographical film, “Neruda” and Salvador del Solar’s political thriller “Magallanes.” Federico has received dozens of international music awards for his music on more than sixty features and thirty TV series worldwide.

In addition to scoring film and TV, Federico has lent his skills as a multi-instrumentalist to the soundtracks of “Misconduct” starring Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, “Kidnap” starring Halle Berry, “Black Butterfly” starring Antonia Banderas, “The Hunter´s Prayer” with Sam Worthington, “Everybody has a Plan” with Viggo Mortensen, “Capitan Koblic” with Ricardo Darín, and many others.

As a concert artist, Federico has toured around Europe, Asia, the U.S. and South America. He has conducted and performed in some of the most prestigious halls worldwide such as the Carnegie Weil, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Hall, Colon Theater, National Auditorium of Spain, Israel Philharmonic House Hall and Eglise Saint-Séverin. He was also a pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sonor Ensemble.

Federico has written several compositions including “Tango Rhapsody,” commissioned by the Tiempo-Lechner duo and premiered at the Martha Argerich Swiss Music Festival, and “Enigmas,” commissioned by the University of Alcalá de Henares to commemorate its 500 year anniversary. His chamber music repertoire also includes “Finding Sarasate”, commissioned by Elena Jauregui and the Navarra University for the anniversary of Pablo Sarasate, and “La Librería del Ingenioso Hidalgo”, written for the Sonor Ensemble.


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This episode of The Pop Disciple Podcast is hosted by Paul Goldowitz.

Production, Editing, Mixing, Mastering | Paul Goldowitz
Research | Ruby Gartenberg
Select Cues Throughout Episode | Federico Jusid
The Pop Disciple Podcast Theme and Outro Music | Paul Goldowitz

Special thanks to Federico Jusid and Impact24 PR.