Oscar Navarro was born in the village of Novelda (Alicante, Spain), and at an early age began studying the clarinet. 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 from the Conservatorio Superior Oscar Espla in Alicante (Spain).
Navarro continued his composition and conducting studies 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. After finishing his studies, he was awarded their Harry Warren Endowed Scholarship for Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV, as the most advanced graduating student in his class.
Navarro has composed for over 15 short films with award-winning directors including Fran Casanova, Rene Rhi, Alan Fischer, and Pedro Jaen. His first feature film, LA MULA, was directed by the Oscar-nominated and award-winning filmmaker Michael Radford, who gained international recognition with his enchanting and award-winning film IL POSTINO.
This year Navarro earned his second and third nominations from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards for the LA MULA (Best Album) and PROJECT K9 (Best Music for Short Film). Navarro has been recognized internationally by F. Lavagnino Musica e Cinema (Italy), XIV Aubagne International Film Festival (France), and the Ubeda Film Music Festival Jerry Goldsmith Awards (Spain).
In addition to his work composing for film, Navarro has worked as the conductor and orchestrator for the feature film THUNDER CAPTAIN by Spanish composer Luis Ivars, and has created concert suites of Christopher Young’s music including HELLRAISER, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE, and SPIDERMAN 3.
Navarro’s music is performed in major performance venues across the world by some of the leading orchestral and wind ensembles, including The Symphonic Wind Ensemble of Madrid, Royal College of Music Film Orchestra (London, UK), Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, Radio Orchestra of Kiev (Ukraine), Downey Symphony Orchestra (Los Angeles, USA), Cleveland Orchestra (Ohio, USA), Louisville Symphony (Kentucky, USA), Princeton Symphony Orchestra (New Jersey, USA) and The Hollywood Studio Orchestra.
Oscar Navarro is often asked to give master classes for both film and classical music, including the 25th festival of Cinema “Jove” (Valencia, Spain), CIFICOM (Sci-Fi Film Festival of Madrid), International Music Festival of Xàtiva (Valencia, Spain), Chapman University (Orange County, California), II International Wind Ensembles Symposium (Medellin, Colombia), Symphony Orchestra of Mazinales (Colombia) and University of Southern California. Next season Navarro will lecture at the University of Louisville (Kentucky, USA) where he will discuss his orchestral, chamber and audio-visual music.
Upcoming film projects include UNA DE PIRATAS by Spanish Director Alfredo Navarro, the film EUREKA, and the TV series NO SALGAS QUE TE COMEN by Director Fran Casanova. His 2013-14 classical engagements include appearing at the Tanglewood Music Festival as a guest composer, and a performance of his “II Concerto” for clarinet, performed by The Cleveland Orchestra.