Oscar Navarro was born in the village of Novelda (Alicante, Spain), where he began studying music at an early age. He received the “Outstanding Award” after completing his preliminary music studies, and was awarded both an honorary mention and a distinction at the end of his bachelor degree in the “Conservatorio Superior Oscar Espla” in Alicante (Spain).
Oscar continued his studies of composition and conducting at the “Allegro International Music Academy” of Valencia, with his mentor and friend Ferrer Ferrán. Shortly after he was selected by the prestigious University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Los Angeles, USA) to study Scoring for Motion Picture and TV. In Los Angeles he studied under the tutelage of renown composers such as Joel McNeely (Peter Pan 2, The Guardian), Pete Anthony (orchestrator for King Kong, Batman and Terminator amongst others), Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Star Trek) and Christopher Young (Spiderman 3, Nightmare in Elm Street, etc.). Navarro had the pleasure of collaborating with Christopher Young through working as an orchestrator, creating concert suites to his film music.
Navarro has recorded in some of the most notable studios of Los Angeles, including Capitol Records, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. After finishing his studies, he was awarded with the “Harry Warren Endowed Scholarship for Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV” prize, as the most advanced graduating student on his course.
Today Oscar Navarro holds many national and international composition awards and his music is performed in major performance venues across the world by some of the leading orchestral and wind ensembles. Some of them include The Cleveland Orchestra (Ohio, USA), Louisville Symphony (Kentucky, USA), Princeton Symphony (New Jersey, USA), The Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Caldas Symphony Orchestra (Colombia), Royal College of Music Film Orchestra (London, UK), Symphonic Orchestra of Paraguay, Orchestra Radio Kiev (Ukrania), Downey Symphony Orchestra (Los Angeles, USA), Symphony Orchestra of Principado of Asturias (Spain), Symphony Orchestra of Medellin (Colombia), Symphony Orchestra of Region of Murcia (Spain), Spanish Youth Symphony (JONDE), Youth Orchestra of the Generalitat Valenciana (JOGV), Royal Band of the Belgian Guides (Belgium), Univeristy of Minnesota Duluth Concert Band, North Texas Wind Ensemble, University of Boston Concert Band, Madrid Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Madrid, Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Valencia, Alicante, Bilbao and A , to name a few. His pieces have been performed in venues such as the Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland, USA), Tanglewood Music Festival (Massachussets, USA), Lincoln Center of New York and Spanish National Auditorium.
During his professional career, Navarro has been commissioned by the Army and Navy Wind Band, International Music Festival of Altea (Alicante, Spain), Valencian Institute of Music (Valencia, Spain), Valencia Youth Orchestra, City of Downey (Los Angeles, USA) and “José-Franch Ballester & Friends” (Nueva York) amongst others, and has conducted many orchestras and wind ensembles, including Alicante Wind Band, Band and Chorus of the “Medellín Unified School District” of Colombia (conducting his masterpiece The Seven Trumpets of Apocalypse with over 350 musicians on stage), Requena Philharmonic Orchestra (Valencia), Orchestra Radio Kiev, Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Clasical Orchestra (Excelentia Foundation), the University of Minnesota Duluth Concert Band, European Royal Ensemble and Spanish Symphony Orchestra.
Within his busy schedule, Oscar Navarro is often asked to give master classes for both film and classical music, in European and North America Universities among others, including the 25th festival of Cinema “Jove” (Valencia, Spain), CIFICOM (Sci-Fi Film Festival of Madrid)), Chapman University (Orange County, California), II International Wind Ensembles Symposium (Medellin, Colombia), Symphony Orchestra of Mazinales (Colombia), University of Southern California and University of Minnesota Duluth.
Oscar was recently awarded the “HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD” (Los Angeles), in the classical music section. His film music has received many award nominations, including the “10th Cinemoatography Music Critics Awards”, “Mundo BSO Awards”, “XIII Goldspirit Awards” and “Hollywood Music in Media Awards”. In February 2014 he received a GOYA nomination from the Spanish Film Academy for his soundtrack for the film “The Mule”.