Composer Spotlight: Federico Jusid

Today we spotlight composer Federico Jusid.

If you could travel to any period based on the music, when would you go?

I would probably go to Vienna, in between world wars, perhaps on of the most amazing, inspiring and adventurous moments in music and arts….. Then I would have to leave rather quickly, before things changed politically and before my jewish surname would make my life not so inspiring.

What’s your composing method? (a) sitting at a piano (b) computer © pencil on manuscript paper (d) improvisation with musicians (e) other

Probably, because of my musical education I tend to start the process sitting at the piano, or just scribbling on paper, and then after that stage I sit at the computer.

Of course, when the score is “sound based”, rather than thematic, a computer or sound processing system is be a good start.

How did you first get involved writing music?

I started playing the piano around 5 and went to my first teacher at 7 years old. He would not only teach my how to play but also stimulated my writing and improvisation at that early stage. I am deeply grateful with him as I think I got the best start you I can imagine as a composer.

What challenged you most, and what rewarded you most, as your résumé evolved over the years?


Writing a concert piece commissioned by the Martha Argerich music festival was one of my most challenging experiences, nothing less than a two piano concerto at the goddess of the piano music’s festival! With Martha playing in the same concert and all the gods and kings of academic music sitting in the audience – that was challenging.
And one of the most rewarding experiences was working along with Alberto Iglesias, composer whom I adore, writing additional music for Ridley Scott’s “Exodus”. That was an active collaboration, back and forth. Very few times I felt so inspired. The most amazing combo: Alberto’s artistry and generosity, Ridley’s images and the cherry on the cake, three wonderful weeks recording at Abbey Road with the most wonderful orchestra and choir. Could one get any luckier?