Selected Alumni Bios

Rafaƫl Leloup

Rafaël Leloup composed the score for Un Cafe pour l'Amerique, awarded the LA Downtown Film Festival's 2009 Award for Best Short Foreign Film

Rafaël began his musical career singing in the children’s chorus of the “Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie” in Brussels. He was also a clarinetist in the Brussels International Youth Orchestra and played saxophone and accordion in numerous jazz and rock bands.  In 2003, he was accepted into Daniel Capelletti’s class of Composition at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles where he graduated with Grande Distinction and twice awarded the Prix du Patrimoine du Conservatoire. He also studied Composition with Paolo Aralla at the Conservatorio di Bologna.

He has participated in master classes in Composition in Libramont (Belgium) with Jean-Marie Rens and Michel Fano as a special guest, and in Film Music Composition with Miguel Mera in Dartington, England.  In 2009 he was awarded the Belgian Vocation Foundation grant, carrying a scholarship for study at NYU Steinhardt where he was a student of Michael Patterson.