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Published: 2/12/2016

Arturo Cardelús Contributes to Film About Pope Francis

SESAC composer Arturo Cardelús has contributed to a highly anticipated new biopic on the life of Pope Francis, Call Me Francesco which will open the Los Angeles Film Festival at the Chinese Six Theaters on Feb. 21.  The festival is held one week before the Oscars and aims to draw attention to new and established talent from Italy. The film chronicles the early life of the popular pontiff as he struggles in his Argentinian homeland. The film is set to debut in the U.S. in the spring of 2016.

Award-winning composer and pianist Arturo Cardelús is a rising talent in the film industry. He has previously scored such films as Tangernación (2013) and The Answers (2014), which won Best Short Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Cardelús also orchestrated the Golden Globe-nominated film, The Paperboy (2012)  alongside Jon Kull. In advertising, he has worked on national campaigns for Mercedes-Benz Xarelto among others. 

In the world of concert music, Cardelús' works have been performed across Europe, Asia, and the United States. Naxos, a leading classical music label, released a CD of his chamber music in October 2015. The album included the suite Con Aire de Tango, which was recorded by Berlin Philharmonic soloists at Berlin's Philharmonic. Other Cardelús compositions have been played in such venues as Boston's Jordan Hall, Madrid's Auditorio Nacional, the Washington International Piano Festival, and Tokyo’s Kioi Hall.  Cardelús has also composed chamber works commissioned by Natalia Ensemble, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Cuarteto Granada, and Tanya Gabrielian. Arturo Cardelús hails from Madrid, Spain. He studied piano performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Salamanca. Cardelús then shifted his focus, studying composition and film scoring at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude and received the composition department's highest award. Cardelús currently lives in Los Angeles.