Biography - Maria Castro

Maria Castro is a sound designer and composer, currently based in France. She has worked in London for several years, on various short films and documentaries. Maria`s work has been presented and screened at various venues and film festivals in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Portugal, United States and Canada.

Her string quartet in tribute to Jeff Buckley features in the documentary AMAZING GRACE: JEFF BUCKLEY - 'best use of music in film' award at the CMJ Filmfest in New York (2004); best music documentary at the San Francisco World Film festival (2005); and best film and best documentary at the D.I.Y. Film Festival in Los Angeles (2006). In 2004 Maria was an official participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus during the 54th Berlin International Film Festival. She was also one of the three finalists selected by David Holmes for the VOLKSWAGEN SCORE COMPETITION that took place during the Berlinale. That same year, Maria received a commission to compose a new percussion piece for Ensemble Bash. This piece, FILM NOIR, was performed live at a series of concerts across the south of England during the summer 2004. Maria studied composition in the UK with Peter Wiegold, John Woolrich, Alasdair Nicolson, Simon Holt and Brian Lock, and in France with Arnaud Petit and Francis Dhomont. She also attended a composition course with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Germany in 1998. She attained a first-class honours degree in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2000. Maria also studied at the Studio of Electronic Music, Morley College (London), under the tuition of Philipp Wachsmann, and became particularly interested in electronic music and sound design. In 2006 she was awarded a PhD by the University of
London under David Toop.

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