Ariel Contreras-Esquivel is a composer, orchestrator/conductor, and producer. Born in Argentina, he has written music for countless professional video games, films and advertisements, as well as concert music.
Ariel interned in Los Angeles - California with the talented composer Timothy Williams best known for his work on "Finding You", "Bright Burn", "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.1 and Vol.2", "Deadpool", and "Red Notice".
In 2015 he scored the acclaimed viral short film "Grasancrem 2", with over 1.5M views on YouTube, produced by Hecatombe! Producciones and directed by Teodoro Ciampagna.
His music for "Blue Rider" (Ravegan) was published in a physical edition, together with the game, by PlayStation Asia. In 2016 he conducted the Ostrich Orchestra for the recording of the Hollywood Music in Film Awards "Best Original Score" winner Short Film "The Moment I Was Alone", directed by Kellen Gibbs and scored by Isaias García.
In 2017 the VR video game "Blink and Die" (Sureksu) was awarded "Best Game Audio" at the Indie Prize Berlin, Casual Connect. The same year Ariel scored the short film "Concentrico" at the 48hs Film Project, directed by Diego G. Medina, selected for the "Short Film Corner" at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018.
In 2018 Ariel received a nomination for his music in "Mushroom Guardian" for the "Hollywood Music in Media Awards", in the category of "Best Original Song/Score Mobile Video Game," and in 2019 he won the award for the "Best Soundtrack" at the "Bit Bang Festival" in Argentina, for the same soundtrack. He also worked with the prestigious animation company "HookUp Animation" on the music for "Cumpleaños Magico" for Disney Latino.
That same year he conducted the Ostrich Orchestra in the recording sessions for the acclaimed documentary "Ordinary Gods" directed by Pascui Rivas and scored by Adam Peters.
In 2020 an important announcement led him to his next leap into the video game industry. Ariel was working with Ubisoft Toronto on next game from their acclamied franchise "Far Cry 6".
2021 is a year of great releases and awards, including the acclaimed indie game “Blue Fire” (Robi Studios), awarded “Best Audio” at “EVA Digital 2021”, Tinytopia (MeNic Games), Teratopia (Ravegan) awarded two Silver Medals for “Original Score” and “Composer” at the Global Music in Media Awards 2021. October 7th also saw the release of Ubisoft Toronto’s “Far Cry 6,” including a behind the music video “Far Cry 6: The Sound of a Revolution: The Music of Far Cry 6” featuring Eduardo Vaisman (Ubisoft Toronto’s Audio Director), Pedro Bromfman (main composer), Gabylonia, Hilario Duran and Ariel Contreras-Esquivel.
Passionate about education, Ariel is also lead teacher at “Universidad Nacional de Rafaela” (“Video Game Production and Digital Entertainment” program). He is a regular international speaker at workshops, festivals, and schools.