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Ruy at his studio in Los Angeles
With a successful trajectory in films and producing/arranging for pop and rock music, Ruy Folguera is a Los Angeles, California based composer, working today’s eclectic music business scene with a flair for lyricism.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, he finished private courses in piano, composition, harmony and counterpoint, before being awarded a full scholarship to continue studies abroad.
After a Magna Cum Laude graduation at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he moved to NYC and went on to producing and arranging for artists such as Roberta Flack and Jerry Barnes (producer of Chaka Kahn and “Chic”).

As a producer, performer and arranger, Ruy Folguera has worked with luminaries of the music scene, including David Coverdale of “Whitesnake” and Mike Patton of “Faith No More”, Roberta Flack and Chaka Khan, Colin Hay of “Men At Work” and Engelbert Humperdink, Neal Schon of “Journey” and Japan’s superstar Yazawa, to name a few.

Folguera collaborated with legendary composers Lalo Schifrin and Maurice Jarre on several productions and with Alan Menken on “Enchanted”, and was in charge of the big band arrangements for Disney’s “Finding Nemo” (2003).

His first work in a Hollywood film was on “A Walk in the Clouds” (1995) starring Anthony Quinn and Keanu Reeves.

Ruy’s scores can be heard on an array of films such as “Rush Hour I, II & III”, “Picking Up the Pieces” (2000) starring Woody Allen and Sharon Stone, “The Magnificent Ambersons” (2002) featuring Jonathan Reese Meyers and Madeleine Stowe, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (2008) reprising his collaboration with Keanu Reeves, and many more.

One of his newest film features is Ernest Borgnine’s final contribution to the entertainment business on “The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez” (2012). During this project he also met actress and producer Carla Ortiz, collaborating with her on “Forgotten” (aka. “Olvidados”), recently released film about the military dictatorships in Latin American countries in the early seventies.

Folguera’s awards include the ASCAP Best Song of the Year award for the film “Zapata” in 2005 and a Golden Globe Award for the Rush Hour I score (1998). “Rosarigasinos” (aka. Gangs of Rosario) and “El Páramo” (aka. The Squad) are two of his films with remarkable success in the international film festivals circle, granting Ruy Folguera the Academy of Arts and Sciences Best Music for Film Award in Argentina and a nomination in 2012 by the Colombia Academy of Arts for Best Music Award, respectively.

In 2012 he was commissioned a symphonic piece for full orchestra and choir for the 150 years commemoration of “Battle of Puebla”, Mexico, an internationally broadcasted TV event presented by Felipe Calderón, 56th President of Mexico.

During 2013 and 2014 Ruy composed scores for varied and diverse films in the international film markets of Colombia, USA, Bolivia and Puerto Rico.Ruy folguera worked on the debut film by Argentinean director Julieta Ledesma titled “Son of war.”

Ruy opened 2016 with several enthralling projects: Composed the music for “Nina”, a biopic on Nina Simone, starring Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo and it’s a score that features dazzling jazz performances and lush orchestra together with intimate piano touches. A Virtual Reality horror flick titled “Eye for an eye” to immerse oneself in a 360 degrees experience with a full orchestral score. The movie “The tunnel” starring Leonardo Sbaraglia counts on a featured dance piece written by Ruy and with an tremendous collaboration by LA saxophone maestro Dan Higgins.