Carlos Rafael Rivera

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Carlos Rafael Rivera
Birth nameCarlos Rafael Rivera
Born1970 (age 5051)
Occupation(s)Music composer

Carlos Rafael Rivera (born 1970) is an American composer based from Guatemala. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] In 2014, his music score for the movie A Walk Among the Tombstones [9] advanced for Oscar in the Best Original Score category. [10] Carlos also composed music for the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) [11] and The Queen’s Gambit (2020), for which he won an Emmy Award (Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special) and a Hollywood Music in Media Award (Best Original Score in a TV Show/Limited Series). [12]



He attended Belen Jesuit Preparatory School for high school. He studied guitar and received a Bachelors of Music in Composition at Florida International University School of Music in Miami in 1996. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. [13]


Film soundtracks

Without a Map1999
A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014
Godless 2017
The Queen's Gambit 2020

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