Luiz Henrique Xavier was born in Brazil. He is a composer, flutist and professor of composition, theory and analysis at the Music Department of the Art Institute at the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, São Paulo, Brazil.
He has a B.A. and M.A. from the Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York, where he was fortunate to have studied with George Perle, Leo Kraft, Bruce Saylor, Carl Schachter, Henri Burnett and Howard Howe, among others.
Since 1992, he has been the director of Estudio Mandora, where he writes, produces and records music for films, videos, television, dance and artistic installations.
As a result of his musical experience, he has given courses regarding the interaction between music and film at the University of São Paulo, and between music and dance at the Anhembi Morumbi University, and at EDASP - School of Dance of São Paulo, in Brazil.
In 2005, his score for “Jogo Subterraneo” (“Underground Game”) was awarded for Best Film Music at the 27th New Latin American Film Festival, Havana, Cuba.
When “Underground Game” was screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Spain, Deborah Young from “Variety” wrote: “Luiz Henrique Xavier's score plays an important role in building a playful tension fraught with danger.”
In 1988, his score for “Feliz Ano Velho” (“Happy Old Year”)
received a prize at the Festival de Gramado, Brasil.