is a composer of music for film, TV and commercials. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (birthplace of Juan Luis Guerra), Guzman played the keyboard at home, but never had formal piano lessons. Later as a teenager his father bought him an electric guitar which he thoroughly learned through self teaching. His father was very musical, basically a musician, and his aunt too. Guzman became frontman of a rock band in which he sang and played the guitar, but it was earlier in his childhood where he was introduced to prolific composer John Williams’ scores (“Star Wars”, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”) and it opened up a new world for him. He “escaped” reality humming these scores inside his head most of the time, to the point that it almost became a problem at school. “It took me too long to realise this is what I really wanted to do. All my life I’ve been having a relationship with this music and all along I’ve been neglecting it,” said Guzman.
He wrote his first score for a short film project in his son’s preschool (“Hombre Arbol”). It received a lot of praise, including one from the now film commissioner of Dominican Republic, Ms. Yvette Marichal, which led to the short being screened in the 2012 edition of the “Festival de cine global dominicano”. Within a few months, his abilities thrust him to the attention of producers and directors.
He worked with director Joe Menendez (“Ladrón que roba a ladrón”) on what became his first feature, the romantic comedy “Quiero ser fiel”. Menendez recognized that the composer’s talent transcended genre, so he entrusted Guzman to score Lionsgate/Pantelion’s heist action comedy, “Ladrones.”
Guzman doesn’t want to be restricted to features and he is actually looking forward to work in telefilms and video games.
Luichy Guzman says he is very lucky to have this talent so he contributes back to the film community by teaching film music at GC Films Escuela de cine y fotografía