OSCAR LOPEZ PLAZA
Born in Madrid. Studies at the Royal Superior Conservatory of that town under the direction of Professor José Luis Rodrigo.
From 1992 to 1995 he moved to the United States to complete his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (Maryland), where he studied a Graduate Performance Diploma in guitar and another in chamber music.
For almost two decades, Oscar has been dedicated to composing music for the image, covering all kinds of formats: feature films, short films, documentaries, advertising campaigns, TV and theater. His original music for the feature film “Garantía Personal”, by Rodrigo Rivas, was nominated for the best soundtrack at the 42nd Latin American Film Festival in Huelva.
During the years he was studying in the United States, he was awarded a Johns Hopkins and the Rich Foundation scholarship. Some of his teachers in this period are Aldo Lagrutta, Ray Chester, Ronn McFarlane and Manuel Barrueco.
Óscar won the Best Instrumentalist award at the XII International Getxo Festival, First Prize at the Festival of the Autonomous Community of Madrid and First Prize at the National Exhibition of Young Performers.
In 1994 and 1998 he was awarded two Peabody Career Development Grant from Johns Hopkins University in recognition of his artistic career.
He has performed recitals and concerts in Denmark, the United States, Romania, Germany and France, as well as in Spain. In 1988 he represented Spain at the International Festival of the UER held in Montpellier.
As a performer, he has premiered works by Spanish and American composers, highlighting the premiere of the Hamilton Street Concerto for guitar and orchestra written for him by composer Karen A. Allen, later recording this work in Bratislava with the Slovak Radio Orchestra in 2004.
With the recording label Banco de Sonido he recorded the CD “Spanish Music for Guitar” and with the Peabody Rennaissance Ensemble the CD entitled “Triste España”, where medieval and Renaissance Spanish works are gathered.
At the same time and until 1989, Oscar has developed an intense activity as a jazz guitarist, receiving that same year with his Naima quartet the Prize for the Best Spanish Jazz Group granted by the RTVE “Jazz Entre Amigos” show.
He is currently engaged as a professor at the Official Conservatory of Music Tomás Bote de Almendralejo. Once in a while, he gives lectures and workshops on composition and soundtrack analysis.
DOES IT SOUND GOOD?
We always have a way to get to know each other, but if after visiting the music section you want to see what is to come, it is better if you access now to know everything that is being cooked.
YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
AFTER SO MUCH WORK AND EFFORT, THE BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT OF A COMPOSITION IS THAT PEOPLE ENJOY EVERY ONE OF THE SOUNDS, SO MUSIC AND IMAGES CREATE AN “EVERYTHING” WHICH CAPTURES PEOPLE’S INTEREST FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END.
The composer’s personality flows within his melodies, as he makes the public to enter the world designed for that piece of music he is developing in his studio. At the end, a musical piece has one goal: making the listener forget about that moment of his life and share the experience of the imaginary world the music and images represent.