Lucia Álvarez Vázques is a pianist and a prolific film composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico. She is considered one of the best creators in the history of Mexican cinema, with around thirty film and television products for which she has made her sound portrait. Álvarez Vázquez studied at the Escuela Nacional de Música of the UNAM where she received her Bachelor’s degree in piano and composition. Her piano teachers include Pablo Castellanos, Carlos Vázquez and Jorge Suárez while her composition mentors and professors were Arturo Márquez, Horacio Uribe and Hugo Rosales. In 1994 she moved to Siena, Italy, to study film music with the notable composer Ennio Morricone.
Composing more than 100 concert works for chamber, solo, and symphonic orchestra, her music has earned her a seven-time winner of the Ariel of the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences, an international award at the Festival International du Film and des Réalisateurs de Écoles de Cinéma, Nimes, France (1991) and the Prix Meilleure Musique Originale dans le film of the Festival des Trois Continents, Nantes, France (1993). In 2010, she received the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz medal from the UNAM and represented Mexico in 2000 at the World Music Days Festival in Luxembourg.
She is currently the Professor of Composition at the Escuela Nacional de Música in Mexico where she teaches a new generation of composers. Alongside her written works, Álvarez created a two-set DVD that presents the possibilities of composing for the cello. She has additionally worked with leading directors, Héctor Azar and Juan Ibáñez and filmmakers Arturo Ripstein, Jorge Fons, and Ignacio Ortiz.