Marcos Barilari

Composer & Orchestrator

73 Reviews (69 Verified)
Marcos Barilari on SoundBetter

I have composed and orchestrated music for Disney, Pixar, 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 Arts in Buenos Aires.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

73 Reviews - 13 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jimmie H.

    This is my 2nd collaboration with the incredibly talented Marcos Barilari. Once again, Marcos has exceeded all expectations, delivering a musical composition that not only embodies perfection but also captures the essence and main theme of "China Moon" with remarkable accuracy and adding of Chinese folk music elements successfully.

    I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to work with Marcos again, and I look forward to our future collaborations.

  2. Review by Patrick M.

    I scrolled through some of the composers here on Sound Better and came across Marcos Barilari, & when I listened to his music something just hit me differently, It resonated with me right off. I selected Marcos for one of my biggest projects yet and he breathed life and a vast cinematic sound into my music! So many details in his amazing work, the thought and care he put into it just blew me away!

    Punctual and clear with each delivery, Marcos was an absolute joy to work with!

  3. Review by Wendy P.

    Great work by Marcos yet again for our online game project, and professional to deal with. Highly recommend!

  4. Review by Marino P.

    Marcos is an outstanding composer and orchestrator. He really understands and embraces my music composition style, provides and implements additional ideas that elevates the composition to its fullest potential. Once again, a great collaboration!

  5. Review by Wendy P.

    Outstanding compositional work and professional work attitude from Marcos. Will be hiring him again for more jobs in future.

  6. Review by Kris R.

    Above and beyond, with Marcos I can’t go wrong.
    Never in my life have I met a musical soul who so perfectly understands my music and then enhances it so subtly.
    Gracias 🙏🏼

  7. Review by Teddy
    by Teddy

    Marcos really know what exactly the feeling and atmosphere of my track and he absolutely developed that with the orchestra into another kind of level!Will reach back again and again when I have more new works!5 stars always!!

  8. Review by Mark Siegel

    Marcos has become one of my favorite collaborators. His ear is incredible and he knows exactly what is needed to fill space in your arrangement. He goes above and beyond EVERY time.

  9. Review by Gian C.

    Marcos is absolutely wonderful to work with. He was always there when we had questions and led us through the whole process of getting our song orchestrated and recorded with a symphonic orchestra. His orchestration is brilliant and exactly what we wanted. We will work again with him in the future.

  10. Review by Julian S.

    Marcos delivers as discussed and beyond.
    You can see (and hear) that he truly loves what he does in the results.

  11. Review by Marino P.

    Marcos is just a brilliant orchestrator and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with him.
    He cares deeply about each project and makes sure every single detail is taken care of.
    Highly recommended!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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 ;)

  15. 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.

  16. Review by Mark Siegel

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

Interview with Marcos Barilari

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

  2. A: Right now I'm arranging and orchestrating music for a Disney concert! Always a fun experience :)

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: I'm taking a philosophical stand here: Definitely analog. I'm a sample library junkie but really old school at the same time. I believe that music has to be written, on paper, by hand and on a piece of paper. The more organic, the better ideas come out of my head.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  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