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Fernando Arroyo

SBSO Composer in Residence



Born and raised in Mexico City, Fernando Arroyo Lascurain has embraced the multicultural experiences his career in music has provided. Traveling the world, immigrating to the United States seeking out the highest level of music making, collaborating with and befriending people across the globe. These experiences have defined his musical language as one who seeks to connect with audiences across the globe through the lens of a Mexican composer. He has been described as someone whose “musical impulses are essentially those of a profoundly Romantic composer…”


Fernando believes exploring musical genres across every spectrum is the role of the modern composer and thus his music ranges from solo instrumental works, chamber music and large symphonic works to film, theatre, folk and contemporary popular music. Fernando Arroyo’s concert music has been performed throughout the Unites States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain, France, and South Korea on the world’s most renowned stages such as Carnegie Hall (NYC), Symphony Center (Chicago), Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Soraya (CA), and the Royal Albert Hall (London).


Recent premiers of his music include the concerto version of Novel Voices (2022)by the Carr-Petrova Duo and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Trio Tres (2023) commissioned and premiered by the Barclay Trio. Recently, his ongoing relationship with New West Symphony has resulted in the premiere of a large number of new arrangements and original music ranging from mexican folk music to musical theater. As a film composer, Fernando has collaborated with film directors like Roland Emmerich, Matt Shrader, Jose Sierra, Trent Kendrick, Phil Donlon, Gerardo Emmerich, and John Hahn. In the fall of 2013 Fernando wrote the music for “Any Given Tuesday”, a PSA featuring Elton John and Jamie Foxx. His film Collaboration highlights include work on Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Pet Fooled (2016), Survivors (2018), Midway (2019), Moonfall (2022), The Last Manhunt (2022), and Miller’s Girl (2023).


Following his belief of exploring music in every genre Fernando composed the soundtrack to “Blockbuster: The Story of James Cameron”, and award-winning cinematic podcast considered to be the most immersive podcast to be released. After writing hours of orchestral music for the ten-episode season, Fernando’s music became the first ever podcast soundtrack album to be released by a label, Lakeshore Records, one of the three

leading film music labels.

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