José Manuel Quintana Cámara, known as J. M. Quintana Cámara, is a versatile and prolific artist (music composer, pianist, producer, arranger and educator) and software engineer born in Valdepeñas (Spain) in 1984.
THE BEGINNINGS: MUSIC & TECHNOLOGY
Since childhood, he displayed a profound attraction and a natural gift for music. He independently started playing the piano by ear at the age of 6 and later pursued a rigorous classical music education, completing his studies in classical piano at the Conservatory “Marcos Redondo” in Spain. Simultaneously, he was earning his MSc in Computer Science. Even as he embarked on his professional journey as a software engineer, his passion for music remained unwavering.
After completing his classical training in Europe, J. M. embarked on a self-taught journey into film music, further enriched by courses and masterclasses led by Hollywood industry legends.
A PROLIFIC COMPOSER IN VISUAL MEDIA
His passion for music, cinema and music technology led him to develop his career as a film music composer and producer. He has composed and produced more than 100 scores for visual media projects, including films, documentaries, TV series, video games and advertisements.
VAST EXPERIENCE WITH MULTIPLE FILM DIRECTORS
J. M. brings extensive experience collaborating with multiple film directors, consistently working closely with each director to craft the perfect score for the story. Explore reviews from industry professionals on J. M.’s work here.
A MULTI AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER
His film scores and original music have received multiple awards at festivals around the globe. J. M. is winner of Hollywood Music in Media Awards and Fimucité for the score of Paper Boats (2019). He has also been nominated five times for the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, with Bad Child (2022), Sunshine in the Rain (2021), Servicio de Mensajería (2021), Defenseless (2020), and The Essence of Life (2015). Check out the full list of awards and nominations here.
A CHAMELEON, A VERSATILE COMPOSER
J. M. is hands-on at every stage of the composing process, a multi-instrumentalist who combines mastery of music technology with a robust European education in piano and classical music, complemented by American training in film music and an innate sense of curiosity. He is equally adept at working with orchestral music as he is with electronic music and synthesizers, whether playing the piano, creating sound designs, recording, or manipulating his own sounds.
He defines himself as a chameleon. J. M. enjoys composing and producing film music for many different genres (drama, thriller, sci-fi, horror, comedy, action, etc) in many different styles (from neoclassical to contemporary, electronica, ambient, jazz, or experimental), creating a new universe of sounds for each film.
A PIANIST, ARRANGER AND PASSIONATE EDUCATOR
J. M. is a versatile multi-instrumentalist artist with the piano as his primary instrument. He has written and performed numerous piano covers and arrangements of popular modern songs spanning genres such as pop, rock, and soundtracks. Some of his piano cover videos on YouTube have garnered over 5 million views. Notably, he was commissioned to create a transcription of the piece ‘La Sombra del Viento,’ composed by the renowned writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This transcription was performed as part of a tribute during the Premio Planeta ceremony in 2020.
As both an educator and a creator, J. M. is dedicated to dismantling the barriers of entry in the realms of music, piano, and film composition. He is the founder and director of Passion for Music Academy, an online music school that follows his unique method and philosophy to teach piano and music theory in an accessible and enjoyable manner, with no age limits. Additionally, he provides free piano tutorials on YouTube, which have garnered millions of views.
José Manuel Quintana Cámara is a professional pianist, music composer, sound designer and producer, born in Valdepeñas (Spain) in 1984.
Since he was a child, he had a great attraction and a gift for one of his passions, music. He started to play the piano on his own, by ear, at the age of 6 and completed the professional degree in music, piano, in the conservatories “Ignacio Morales Nieva” in Valdepeñas and “Marcos Redondo” in Ciudad Real, finishing in 2004, at the same time he studied a MSc in Computer Science. Developing his professional career as an engineer did not stop him from keeping his passion for music alive.
Since his first contact with music, José Manuel was drawn to composition and creativity issues. In 1996, he wrote his first composition “Praça do Comércio” with a simple, melodic and classic style; it was published in 2012 included in his album “Feelinks”.
In 2009, he took up again composition activities. In 2012, he published his first single titled “From the Top of the Cliff” and his first album “Feelinks”, nominated by SoloPiano.com to the best solo piano album of the year 2012 in the category “Classical / Modern Classical”. This year, he also composes his first soundtrack, “Stop Hunger!”, for the documentary “The Third Rider” about hunger and malnutrition in our planet. From this moment, J. M. Quintana Cámara publishes numerous soundtracks for short films and documentaries.
In 2013, J. M. Quintana Cámara becomes the first Spanish pianist and composer member of the pianist network Enlightened Piano Radio, specialized in modern best piano driven music. In 2014, he publishes his second album, “Timeless”, including soundtracks with more instrumentation, but almost always with the piano as the main instrument.
In 2015, J. M. Quintana Cámara receives the Akademia Music Award to the “Best Song Instrumental/Acoustic” for his composition “Moon” and two silver medals in the Global Music Awards in the categories “Composition/Composer” and “Contemporary Classical”, for the composition “The Essence of Life”. J. M. Quintana Cámara also receives a nomination for the renowned Hollywood Music In Media Awards® (HMMA) for his composition “The Essence of Life” in the category “Contemporary Classical / Instrumental”. Also in 2015, Quintana Cámara’s music is selected for the CD “Sounds from the Circle VII”, the most prestigious compilation album of New Age music in the world.
In 2016, his music is chosen to be part of the compilation album “Solo Piano Songs of Peace”. José Manuel receives a new silver medal in the Global Music Awards in the category of “Romantic Piano” for the composition “Give Me Your Hand”.
In 2018, J. M. Quintana Cámara participates in Oticons Faculty 2018 International Film Music Competition, becoming a top-20 finalist of the competition among 209 participants from all over the world. He receives a new silver medal in the Global Music Awards in the category “Soundtrack film and TV” for the original sountrack of the feature documentary film “Tracks on the Sand”. His original soundtrack “Pigmalion” is nominated for best score in the “Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest” film festival.
In 2019, he receives the Hollywood Music in Media Awards to the best original score of short film (live action) for “Paper Boats” in The Avalon Theatre (Hollywood, Los Angeles).
In 2020, he receives the “Best Score” award in Dreamachine International Film Festival 2020 (USA) for “Defenseless”. He also receives the “Best Original Score of Short Film” award in Fimucité International Film Music Festival (Tenerife, Spain) for “Paper Boats” . He is recognized for his career as composer in his hometown, Valdepeñas, with Medalla de las Artes “Gregorio Prieto”.
Although he received a strong classical music education, he enjoys composing any style of music and any combination of musical instruments, from classical to contemporary music and soundtracks especially. His own music is generally melodic, passionate, elegant, energetic, deep, sentimental, relaxing, peaceful, soothing, inspirational and romantic, reflecting life experiences and feelings.
Nowadays, J. M. Quintana Cámara is involved in new personal music projects and composing scores for films and documentaries. He also teaches classical and modern piano, music theory, composition and music production.