Roque Baños was born in Jumilla (Murcia) in 1968. He began his musical education at the age of 9, in the “Conservatorio Superior de Música de Murcia” where he finished elementary level, specializing in saxophone, obtaining Honors in both Music Theory and Saxophone. In 1986, he moved to Madrid, where he completed studies in Saxophone, Piano, Music Theory, Composition and Conducting at the “Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid” with honors and several merits mentions. In 1993, receives a grant from the Ministry of Culture in Spain to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated “Summa Cum Laude” in the fields of Film Scoring and Performance in 1995, receiving in addition the “Robert Share Award” for demonstrating the highest musical-dramatic level in the area of film music composition, and an “Achievement Award” for his outstanding performance abilities.
During his years of study, Roque had a prolific career as a composer and player. He composed several orchestral and band pieces and received many awards. Besides this, in 1987 he earned a position as an officer musician in the Spanish Army, where he continued with an intense compositional period writing concert music for Marching Band and Chamber ensembles. Mr. Baños also developed a career as a Classical Saxophone player, premiering works by Spanish and foreign composers as well as his own, in the most prestigious concert halls in Spain. His path, however, was always directed towards composition and conducting, finding in these fields his principal occupation. He has premiered and directed his own scores at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Reina Sofia Auditorium, the Cultural Circle of Fine Arts Hall, and several Music Halls in Spain and abroad.
In 1997, he was committed to do his first Film Score Back Roads directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro, one of the most acclaimed directors in Spain. After this success, he has worked with many of Spain’s most renowned directors, such as Alex de la Iglesia, Daniel Monzon, Carlos Saura, Santiago Segura to name a few, and he has earned international recognition working with acclaimed directors such as Terry Gilliam, Ron Howard, Kevin Reynolds, Spike Lee, Jonathan Glazor, Brad Anderson amongst others. A special mention to his first US production Evil Dead directed by Fede Alvarez, with whom he has a close personal and professional relationship, has opened a door to the American Market, without disappearing from his origins in the Spanish Film Industry, where he keeps an intense work.
His latest works are Don’t breathe directed by Fede Álvarez, The Commuter by Jaume Collet Serra, Miracle Season by Sean McNamara, Yucatan by Daniel Monzón, Sin Rodeos by Santiago Segura, “Miamor perdido” by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, The Man who killed Don Quixote directed by Terry Gilliam which premiered at closing night of Cannes, The Girl in the Spider’s Web directed by Fede Álvarez, and Mylove Lost directed by Emilio Martínez Lázaro.