Marcos Barilari

Composer & Orchestrator

62 Reviews (58 Verified)
Marcos Barilari on SoundBetter

I have composed and orchestrated music for Disney, the San Francisco Symphony, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. This is what I love to do and I find absolute joy in helping people take their projects to the next level.

Hi! My name is Marcos Barilari, I'm a composer and orchestrator for concert and film.

I specialize in the production of dense symphonic arrangements and rich orchestrations that embody the spirit of classic film scores. So if you need that massive sounding orchestral score for the screen or live performance, I'd love to hear from you.

- ORIGINAL MUSIC: I can enhance your project with bespoke music.
- ORCHESTRATION: Whether you need to orchestrate music for the big screen or you're a songwriter looking to take your music to the next level, I'm here for you.
- MIDI MOCKUPS: I make completely polished, mixed and ready to go sampled orchestral mockups for your project.
- ENGRAVING & COPYING: All sheet music I edit is clean and organized, a MUST for the session or rehearsal to flow.

After we talk about your project and discuss what you need, I will dive into my studio and start scoring. The end result can be a completely polished and mixed sounding virtual orchestra or a professionally engraved masterscore for live use or studio recording.

I studied composition at the prestigious National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

62 Reviews - 10 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jimmie H.

    Marcos is absolutely an amazing musician. His composition has helped my music work to achieve the next level, through his proper understanding, consideration, and expression across every note. His communication is fast and smooth. Plus, his project management skills so everything will arrive on time. It's a very good experience to work with Marcos and looking forward to collaborating again in the future!

  2. Review by Mark Siegel

    I can't say it enough; Marcos truly brings your arrangements and ideas to life; (Even with Midi). By far, he's one of my favorite collaborators to work with.

  3. Review by Kris R.

    Our working relationship is slowly but steadily shifting into a very intuitive zone, where Marcos seems to know what to do even before I can formulate it.
    And if you're into minor major chords: he can do those too ;)

  4. Review by Mark Siegel

    Nothing but the best from Marcos; his ability to get even his midi arrangements to feel as real and as natural as possible is stellar.

  5. Review by Mark Siegel

    Always a pleasure working with Marcos; he goes above and beyond every time.

  6. Review by Mark Siegel

    I can't express how great it always is to work with Marcos... he's able to articulate the arrangements that I am looking for perfectly every time.

  7. Review by Kris
    by Kris

    Veni, vidi, vici! All you need for a perfect delivery of your composition: impeccable musical taste, flawless execution, open communication all the way!
    Highly recommended!

  8. Review by Marino P.

    Marcos is a master orchestrator. His work is always impeccable and most accurate. Our collaborations our always very professional and cordial.
    Highly recommended!

  9. Review by Natalie

    Working with Marcos was great. He is extremely professional and prompt and also incredibly patient. The project turned out better than I could have hoped, I am very happy and grateful. Thank you and looking forward to the next one!

  10. Review by Mark Siegel

    Marcos always gets it perfect. His arrangements are always very complimentary of the song and never get in the way. His ear is worth trusting!

  11. Review by Ramgopal K.

    Marcos gave a complete and professional arrangement for my composition. He also added more dynamics and excitement to the track. I really loved how his first version was almost what I wanted; Will definitely work with him again.

  12. Review by Mark Siegel

    Perfect arrangement as always by Marcos.

  13. Review by Teddy
    by Teddy

    Very excellent and professional working experience with Marcos. The orchestral part he composed really made my track to another level! Will work more with him in the future!

  14. Review by Johnny N.

    Marcos appreciated the examples of what I wanted the composition to turn out like and through the use of those examples, he was able to make my typed words come to life. He is excellent at following instructions, an excellent communicator and on board with project ideas. I had a very positive experience working with Marcos. I set the bar high and was not let down. Thank you very much!!

  15. Review by Mark Siegel

    Always a perfect experience. Marcos can truly make your midi arrangements come to life. By far one of the best in the game!

  16. Review by Logan N

    I've been creating art with Marcos for a while because he's so creative, easy going and always stay true our artistic vision. He taught me alot in the progress. Everything coming from Marcos is good that's why I have full trust on Marcos on every song we work together, and many more to come.

  17. Review by Marino P.

    Marcos is an extremely talented orchestrator and engraver.
    He will bring your composition to achieve its best potential and a wonderful sound.

  18. Review by Mark Siegel

    Always brilliant work by Marcos! Very highly recommend.

  19. Review by Marino P.

    Another great orchestration of my new orchestral piece.
    Marcos always delivers exactly what the composition needs.
    Very reliable, outstanding communication and collaboration.

  20. Review by Marino P.

    I return to Marcos with my final orchestrations and touch ups because he is just an amazing orchestrator. Do not hesitate to contact him.

Interview with Marcos Barilari

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: If you're orchestrating a song, keep an open mind and be creative, truly use the orchestra. Don't just double a line or thicken a guitar riff, you already have the band to do that. Do with the orchestra what the band cannot.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Right now I'm writing music for a short film, which is always an exciting and rewarding experience!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Bruno Montonatti and Matias Menarguez, they've been respectively my go to mixer and drummer for many years. We've shared many projects together, including live gigs, and they are the most professional and cool people I have ever met.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Every fiber in my body wants to scream Analog, but most of my work is done digitally, so there you go.

  9. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  10. A: Usually, when it's a production that's going to be recorded live with an orchestra and there´s not going to be a fancy mockup, they're worried about the approval process since they can't read music, but in those cases I always share a demo using the latest version of Noteperformer in Sibelius, which is more than enough for the process and everyone is always very happy with it.

  11. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  12. A: That music just "happens", it's all inspiration, an occurrence you had.

  13. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  14. A: I always ask about how much material can they provide for me to do my work (e.g. MIDI file, a sketch of the score, sheet music, reference audio) and if it is a production for sample libraries, full score and part sets PDFs or both.

  15. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  16. A: I'd love to score an animated feature by Brad Bird. Simply because I love animation and I think he's a living legend.

  17. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  18. A: Honestly, I work on all kinds of music on a daily basis, and it amazes me how many people recognize the added value of an orchestra in their productions.

  19. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  20. A: Creativity. The orchestra is not there just to thicken the sound. There's a whole world of possibilities that the orchestra has to offer through its infinite colors, and through that I bring a new dimension of sophistication and interest.

  21. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  22. A: Being able to share the joy of music with others every day. I think that's a blessing.

  23. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  24. A: This is all about communication. Please be as clear as you can about what you want. I don't need you to speak in musical terms, that's my job. Neither in terms of emotions, that's music's job. Just try to express what music you need, why you need it and what's supposed to achieve in terms of clear concepts.

  25. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  26. A: A piano, a pencil, a pencil sharpener, an eraser and a ream of staff paper.

  27. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  28. A: I've been doing this since I was 11. I started out playing guitar in hard rock bands and taking classical piano lessons on the side (eclectic, yeah). After finishing school I started my oficial academic formation studing jazz guitar and arrangements. Over time I began to fall in love with classical music and that led me to my studies in composition at the national conservatory.

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: Actually all my works in concert music are very different from each other. Composing means a different thing every year for me. But I guess I could say that my music is very schizophrenic. I like contrast. That a strong and cutting gesture can coexist with an expressive and cantabile line at the same time. I believe music should always be saying something, otherwise there would be no reason to write it.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: I have my own studio in Buenos Aires with absolutely everything I need: a powerful PC to produce all my ideas, an iPad Pro with Metagrid PRO to speed up my workflow when recording sample libraries o editing a score, a big orchestration table, an A3/Tabloid printer and scanner, lots of paper, countless 2B pencils...and I do all my production and recording on Digital Performer as my main DAW.

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: Beethoven, Chopin, Ennio Morricone and Thomas Newman

  35. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  36. A: That would be 'Mickey Mousing'. That's a project of my own in which I composed and conducted original jazz scores for six Mickey Mouse shorts from the 20's and 30's. I am particularly proud of that one because with lots of hard work I achieved to get hired by The Walt Disney Co. and do several private performances for them. My role in that project was particulary absolute.

  37. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  38. A: That I will never do with their projects something that does not make me proud.

  39. Q: What's your typical work process?

  40. A: I like to keep all technology apart from the composing process. I compose and orchestrate with a pencil and not with the computer, even if I'm producing the MIDI mockup afterwards. I firmly believe that the discipline of writing on paper helps develop a greater commitment to your ideas. For me, the computer is a great tool for making mockups, syncing music to picture, finding tempos for hit points, that source of stuff.

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: I'm great at developing ideas.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Orchestral arrangements, either produced with sample libraries or recorded live.

Lullaby Of The TIdes (from Rainmaker Celebrations)

I was the Orchestrator & Mockup artist in this production

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Terms Of Service

I allow 2 revisions (however I'm flexible on this, most of my clients don't use any). I want you to be 100% satisfied. Turn around times depends on the job, but I work quickly and communicate daily.

GenresSounds Like
  • John Williams
  • Michael Giacchino
  • Ennio Morricone
Gear Highlights
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Avid Sibelius
  • Orchestral Tools Berlin and Ark Series
  • iPad Pro with Metagrid PRO
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At no additional cost, I will be the producer of your orchestral recording session by speaking on your behalf about technical aspects with the service you have booked and remotely monitoring the live session to provide feedback


    A band that invites us to travel through time, to remember the first years of silent movies. Yes, there was a time when Mickey Mouse did not speak and was in black and white...READ FULL ARTICLE


    Jazz is approaching the little ones through the world of Disney, in the show Mickey Mousing, which combines cartoons with live music and sound effects, recreating the animated cinema of the 20s and 30s of the last century. "The interesting thing is that the shorts are scored with a very different aesthetic from that of the animations", says Barilari. FULL ARTICLE