Rafael Abranches is a Portuguese Film composer based in Leeds UK; currently studying a BA (Hons) in Film Music at Leeds College of Music (3rd Year). Rafael has written music for multiple films and documentaries. Most recently he did additional orchestration for the TV documentary "No Roses on a Sailor's Grave" directed by Daniel Oron and music composed by Alex Redfern.
Since being at Leeds College of Music, Rafael has studied film theory, composition, orchestration and music production for film and TV. Part of his assignments was to re-score films and series such as LucasFilm’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cosmos: A Space Odyssey, BBC’s Sherlock, Doctor Who,...
In 2019, Rafael received the Harry Escott Prize for the highest achievement in the BA Music (Film) Year 2.
Rafael started as a performer with nine years old. He studied Euphonium and Piano at the Conservatoire Callouts Gulbenkian of Aveiro which he completed in 2017.
In 2016, Rafael decided to follow his passion for film by audition to LCM to study Film Composition on a degree level. Since then he has been meeting great personalities from the cinema industry such as Nicholas Dodd (Avatar, Independence Day), Daniel Suett (Hans Zimmer's Bleeding Fingers), Harry Escott (Dark River),... and also working with some external directors and composers.