Doing what you love for a living is a dream shared by many people. For Lucas Vidal, that dream was to compose music.
Vidal is a versatile and expressive composer who has recently scored the feature films “The Raven” with John Cusack and “The Cold Light of Day” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver.
“I compose the music for these movies by looking at the images and film sequences of each movie,” Vidal says. “Creating music is not easy, but it is what I love to do.”
Vidal was exposed to the intricacies of music composition at a very young age, allowing him to develop his distinct style of composition and a unique use of longhand writing skills.
A native of Spain, Vidal began playing the piano when he was just five years old.
“I would learn the music from several composers such as Bach and I began participating in music competitions when I was 13 years old. I can also play the flute and the cello.”
Vidal made history at the Berklee College of Music where he was the youngest student to ever compose and record the score for a feature film with an 80-piece orchestra.
“The experience introduced me to several areas of music such as the ballet.”
He then moved to New York to attend the Julliard School of Music and continue his studies under the guidance of Richard Danielpour.
Vidal is currently working on several projects such as a movie called After Party, and a movie in Italy.
“This is a very exciting time for me,” Vidal says. “Projects continue to keep coming my way.”
In addition to numerous feature films, his impressive resume includes writing a piece for the opening gala of the Boston Ballet, conducting at the Boston Symphony Hall, commercial advertising and video game soundtracks.
“Performing live and recording are very different because there is no turning back if you make an error when performing live,” Vidal says. “But that is what makes live performances more exciting.”
Vidal currently splits his time between Madrid and Los Angeles.
“I like living in America because it has exposed me many different people and cultures,” Vidal says.