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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” - Albert Einstein.
Throughout his life, music has been Joaquin’s greatest teacher. The pursuit of art has led him to countless learning experiences and life lessons which have created the ground base for his success so far. Even through difficult times Joaquin has learned how to pick himself up, gather experience and keep moving forward with a smile. To him music is more than a profession, or a passion, it’s a way of life.
At age 16 he began composing piano pieces and was fascinated with the ability to share a perspective of reality and his world through music. It was at that moment that he acknowledged the power of music and how people react to it. He then discovered he could use this power to inspire people to connect through music. Composing made him certain that this was his calling.
When he was 17 years old, Joaquin attended the Berklee Five Week Summer Performance Program, an experience that opened his eyes to the endless possibilities in music. There were many genres and styles of music that he was not even aware of and it was then that he discovered the Film Scoring Degree at Berklee. He found that this major offered a road to becoming the composer he envisioned. One major discovery he made during the program is that humility is true greatness: “Being humble allows for new and better abilities/knowledge to come” and Joaquin claims this experience defined his path towards achieving a professional career in music.
Back in Mexico he pursued formal jazz and classical education in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive as a composer, arranger and conductor. After almost 4 years Joaquin graduated with a double major Magna Cum Laude degree from Berklee. He attributes that working professionally (both as a pianist and a visual media composer) contributed greatly to his development as a musician, and ultimately as an artist. He learned the values of discipline, time management, dedication, excellence and an unconditional love to music. This is the basis Joaquin’s success so far.
Even though his compositional skills are versatile, Joaquin’s preference leans towards a more contemporary orchestral side of film music. He admires Beethoven, Debussy and Mahler for traditional orchestral music and, at the same time, he praises Hollywood giants such as: Hans Zimmer, Harry-Gregson Williams, James Newton Howard and John Williams. From Epic Orchestral to EDM, from Rock to Classical, from Jazz to production music, and beyond any style, his main priority is to accurately express the emotional content of an image through music.