Zacarías Martínez de la Riva,
Unlike most film composers, Zacarías didn’t study music at a young age. He started studies as an engineer in Telecommunications in Barcelona. An unfortunate personal event makes him change paths completely. He arrives in Boston in 1992 where he attends Berklee College of Music accomplishing a dual major in Composition and Film Scoring.
Back in Spain he starts collaborating with young directors and composes his first scores for shortfilms and his first feature film JAIZKIBEL (directed by Ibón Cormenzana).
In 2000 he starts to work for people like Juan Bardem, Lucio Godoy and Roque Baños as an orchestrator. In 2004 he composes the first TADEO JONES short, which won Goya for best Animation short. Also during that year he composes music for THE NUN (Luis de la Madrid), BENEATH STILL WATERS (Brian Yuzna) and SPECTRE (Mateo Gil).
In 2006 he meets Elías Querejeta and works for him in different documentaries: NOTICIAS DE UNA GUERRA (2006), CERCA DE TUS OJOS (2008) y LAS CATEDRALES DEL VINO (2009). In 2007 he meets Manuel Carballo and writes the music for his opera prima THE LAST OF THE JUST, he will also compose the soundtrack for his following feature film EXORCISMUS: THE POSSESSION OF EMMA EVANS.
In 2008 co-productions with other countries begin: THE ANARCHIST’S WIFE (France-Germany) , CARMO (Brazil) and IMAGO MORTIS (Italy).
From 2009 until now he continues to compose to very different genres. From the psychological thrillers HIERRO or DICTADO, to the romantic comedy ¿ESTÁS AHÍ?, to the drama LA ESTRELLA, to documentaries like VOCES DE MOZAMBIQUE or LUZ DE MAR, to animation movies like SNOWFLAKE or TAD THE LOST EXPLORER. This last one being a big hit in Spain and winning him a nomination for best sountrack in the Goyas.
He continues to write music for short films like THE HAND OF NEFERTITI, SEQUENCE or THROUGH THE BREAKING GLASS and even TV series like DESCUBRE CON TADEO.
One of his latest projects is AUTÓMATA, his first science fiction movie. Directed by Gabe Ibáñez and starring Antonio Banderas.
He is at this very moment composing the music for the Mexican animated motion picture called UN GALLO CON MUCHOS HUEVOS. Third movie of a very successful trilogy in Mexico.
His music has been played in the concert hall by such well known orchestras in Spain as the RTVE orchestra, the Euskadiko Orkester, the Bayerischer RundFunk Orchester or the Ciudad de Granada Orchestra.