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Born in Belgium, Rafaël Leloup graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in classical composition with “Grande Distinction”. He also studied composition at the Conservatorio di Bologna (Italy), accordion at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons, and film scoring at New York University. He received several honors for his work and curriculum from Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgian Vocation Foundation, SPES Foundation, Los Angeles Film Music Foundation, Wurlitzer Foundation, Manhattan Producers Alliance, ASCAP, and NYU.

He has worked on a number of independent films as well as Lionsgate’s Consumed for the Twilight Saga, But Not For Me winning Best Original Score award @ Brooklyn Film Festival, and Lily In The Grinder finalist of HBO’s Project Greenlight. Some of his projects and collaborations have been played in MoMA (New York), Berlinale and Toronto International Film Festival, and appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Variety, the Smithsonian Channel and MTV.

Rafaël has been nominated for Best Young European Composer at World Soundtrack Awards 2013, and selected for the prestigious Berlinale Talents program in 2016.


Feature films

The Inheritance (2017) by Jessica Kaye & Laura Davis (US/Belize)

Slumber (2017) by Darrell Wheat (US)

The Lost Tapes: LA Riots (2017) by Emmy Award nominee Tom Jennings (US)

The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor (2016) by Emmy Award nominee Tom Jennings (US)

But Not For Me (2015) by Ryan Carmichael (US)Best Score Award

@ Brooklyn Film Festival

Adios Carmen (2013) by Mohamed Amin Benamraoui (Belgium/Morocco)

nominated for Best Film @ Dubai Intl Film Festival

Twa Timoun (2012) by Jonas d’Adesky (Belgium/Haiti) nominated for Best Film @ Berlinale Official Selection & @ Toronto International Film Festival

Short films

The Storytellers: Consumed (2015) by Maja Fernqvist (US/Sweden)

Lily In The Grinder (2014) by Michael Morgenstern (US)

A Trip Down Market Street (2010) Anonymous (US, 1906)

Un Café pour l’Amérique (2009) by Jossy Mayor (Luxembourg)

Best Short Film Foreign @ LA Downtown Film Festival


Selected as Berlinale Talent

@ Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin, Ger 2016

SPES Foundation Grant for Music Composition Brussels, Be 2016

Wurlitzer Foundation Grant for Music Composition Residency in New Mexico Taos, US 2014

Nominated for “Best Young European Composer”

@ World Soundtrack Awards Ghent, Be 2013

“Emerging Talent” @ Manhattan Producers Alliance New York, US 2010

Los Angeles Film Music Foundation Scholarship for the “NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop” New York, US 2010

Belgian Vocation Foundation Award in Film Music Composition Brussels,

Be 2009