Born in Belgium, Rafaël Leloup graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in classical composition with “Grande Distinction”. He also studied composition at the Conservatorio di Bologna (Italy), accordion at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons, and film scoring at New York University. He received several honors for his work and curriculum from Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgian Vocation Foundation, SPES Foundation, Los Angeles Film Music Foundation, Wurlitzer Foundation, Manhattan Producers Alliance, ASCAP, and NYU.
He has worked on a number of independent films as well as Lionsgate's Consumed for the Twilight Saga; But Not For Me winning Best Original Score award @ Brooklyn Film Festival; Lily In The Grinder finalist of HBO's Project Greenlight; and Tristan shortlisted for BAFTA’s Best Student Film Award 2018. Some of his projects and collaborations have been played in MoMA (New York), Berlinale, SXSW and Toronto International Film Festival, and appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Variety, the Smithsonian Channel and MTV.
Rafaël has been nominated for Best Young European Composer at World Soundtrack Awards 2013, and selected for the prestigious Berlinale Talents program in 2016.