Andrea Montepaone, italian composer and conductor, was born and lives in Rome (birth date: November, 21st 1978). He early showed a natural inclination towards music. At the age of twelve he began studying piano and harmony under the teaching of Maestro Marco Albrizio, who showed him the rudiments of classical music. A few time later he also developed a remarkable passion for cinema that led him, while studying music, to deepen his knoledge of that discipline: he in fact took part amongst the judges in the “David Scuola” of the Ente David di Donatello Award and was honored with the first prize in 1998 for the best cinematographic analysis by the “Associazione Generale Italiana dello Spettacolo” (General Italian Association of Entertainment - AGIS).
This is why the project “Note di cinema” was born. It consisted of concerts in which the most popular soundtracks he arranged were played. The shows have been attended by many people in different places and occasions, such as “Estate Romana”, the Military Officers Club in Piacenza, Palazzo Barberini in Rome and some prestigious cruise ships from MSC and Costa, with positive responses from the audience.
In those years Maestro Montepaone began his work as a composer and arranger, taking care of every kind of music, especially privileging the use of traditional instruments and orchestra: he composed for movies, television, theater, chamber and symphonic and sacred music. Concerning movie scores he worked on several soundtracks, including “Il pesce pettine” by Maria Pia Cerulo with Stefania Sandrelli. Some of his original compositions and elaborations have been included in films and fictions receiving an excellent response from the audience, such as “Pius XII - Under the Roman Sky” by Christian Duguay (2010), “Eroi per caso” by Alberto Sironi (2011), four seasons of “Don Matteo” (2006 - 2011). Subsequently, his compositional activity has been particularly oriented towards the television world: in particular, the albums “De rerum natura” (2008), “Classico tensivo” (2012) and “Classico popolare” (2012) have met the favor of journalists and are often used for journalistic services, title sequences or commercials and programs of Italian televisions Rai and Mediaset. This possibility is offered by the vast repertoire of the composer which covers the most varied situations to be commented on: from historical events to current news, from naturalistic to extreme suspense atmospheres it is always possible to find highly evocative works that are well suited to images. Precisely this original, melodic style and the orchestrations has allowed Andrea Montepaone to consolidate in a few years a reputation as a versatile and prolific author.
Last but not least, Andrea Montepaone’s
collaborations in pop music: in 2008 he arranged and conducted the song “Il
rubacuori” for the band “Tiromancino” at the 58th Sanremo Festival; in 2011 he collaborated with Tony
Renis and with the trio Il Volo on their debut album; in 2014 he collaborated
with Dolcenera, at the Coca Cola Summer Festival in Rome.
In 2017 Andrea Montepaone won the Respighi Prize of the Chamber Orchestra of New York in the composers category with the work “The Holy Family”. The award was presented on June 6, 2019 with a concert at Carnegie Hall.
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