Born in 1977, award-winning film composer Arnau Bataller has worked with prestigious Spanish directors such as Fernando León de Aranoa, Jaume Balagueró, Pau Freixas, Mariano Barroso among others while scoring a wide range of projects ranging from big budget horror/fantastic features to more independent dramatic TV shows.

Always trying to chose the best musical colour to the picture, Bataller always works with Marc Blanes, one of the most sought after engineers in Spain, assuring in this way the highest quality in his music.  Indeed, he has recorded with most of the Film music orchestras in Europe, being the first ever to record a film score with The Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona’s Opera House. He also loves to use new sounds, either from ethnic instruments or synthesizers, always searching for a unique sonic palette for every project he works on.

Among others, In 2012 Bataller won the International Film Music Critics Association for best music for TV for his TV historical miniseries “Ermessenda” competing against the music of the TV series Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. In 2011 Bataller won the Spanish Film Music Critics Award as best Spanish Composer. Also was nominated as a Breakout composer of the year by the International Film Music Critics Association. In 2002 Bataller was the youngest composer of the five Spanish composers selected by Sundance’s composers Lab held in Barcelona.

Bataller graduated from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles where he studied at the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program recording more than 10 times at Paramount studios.

Musical Colour

colorThe hardest, yet most rewarding, is to discover how a film should sound musically speaking . Each picture has it’s own musical color. My job is to find, with the help of the director, that unique color that defines a movie and differentiates it from the rest.



Listen to the image

listening-ear1Listen to the image to see the music! Composing good and interesting music is important, but we never have to forget that if it does not support the image, then it is not good film music!!. Understanding the drama, the narrative, the editing, capturing the light and colour of the images, and being able to translate all these elements to music is my final goal as a film composer.



Cloud 1 (2)Working in a movie is a collaborative process. Although I have a strong sense of what kind of music a film needs, communicating, sharing ideas and visions are key to the success of the movie. It’s my job to understand the creative needs of a project to make them the starting point of the creative process.



  •  2014 Berlin Fashion Film Festival, Best Music, Bronze Medal
  • 2012  International Film Music Critic Association Award (IFMCA):  Best Original Score for Television, winner
  • 2012 Movie Music UK Award: Best Original Score for Television, winner
  • 2012 Cue Awards: Best Action Music and Surprise of the Year, winner.
  • 2012 Best Original Score at the Festival Valle de Bravo, Mexico for ‘Úrsula’s Victory’
  • 2011 VII Spanish Film Music Critics Award: Best Spanish Composer 2010 and Breakout Spanish Composer, winner.
  • 2011 X Goldspirit Awards: Best Spanish Original Score 2010 for “La Herencia Valdemar” and Best Thriller/Horror Score, winner
  • 2006 XI Tirant Award: Best Original Score, winner for “Omar Martínez”.
  • 2002 Jimmy McHugh Composition Prize
  • 2002 BMI Scholarship for Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.
  • 2001 XIV International Orchestra Composition Competition Murcia 2001: winner


  • 2014 Hollywood International Fashion Film Awards, best music
  • 2013 La Jolla International Fashion Film Awards, best music
  • 2011  III Gaudí Award: Best Original Score, nominated for “Herois”
  • 2010  XI Tirant Award: Best Original Score, nominated for “Unió Muiscal Da Capo”
  • 2010  V Jerry Golsmith Awards: Best Original Score for feature, nominated
  • 2008  III Jerry Golsmith Awards: Best Original Score for feature, nominated
  • 2007 VIII Euterpe Awards: Best symphonic music for wind ensemble, nominated for “Gene-sis”
  • 2006 VII Euterpe Awards: Best symphonic music for wind ensemble, nominated for “Enderivell”

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