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).
graduating in DAMS (Disciplines of Art, Music and Performance) in 2002 at the
University of “Roma Tre”, he subsequently obtained a PhD in film orchestration,
and finally found his way specializing in Film-scoring, a kind of discipline
that allowed him to combine both his interests. His meeting in 1999 with
Maestro Stelvio Cipriani, famous and appreciated composer, contributed to
strengthen his devotion to that art. Under the guide of this wonderful artist,
Andrea Montepaone improved his piano technique and mastered in composition,
acquiring versatility and solid preparation. Thanks
also to the friendship with Maestro Gian Piero Reverberi, composer and director
of the Rondo Veneziano group, he also perfected himself in the technique of orchestration,
which led him to the decision to spread film scores to make it a better known kind
of music and to make people appreciate such an unusual genre in concert halls.
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 “Nessuno mai” by Sara Paolini, “Lupin III The Fan-Movie” by Gabriel Cash, “Golpe all’alba D.O.C.” by Cristiano Ventura and “Il pesce pettine” by Maria Pia Cerulo, with Stefania Sandrelli. As an arranger he wrote many alternative versions of compositions for concerts and films or fiction receiving an excellent response from the committents and the audience, such as “Ho sposato uno sbirro” (2008), “Pius XII - Under the Roman Sky” (2010), “Eroi per caso” (2011), “Don Matteo” 5 (2006), 6 (2008), 7 (2009) and 8 (2011). In 2015 he released the album “Sinfonia Gregoriana” for Pauline Publishing House (Daughters of St. Paul), in which he elaborated some of the most famous Gregorian songs, leaving the traditional melodies unchanged and accompanying them with carefully arranged orchestral arrangements. Subsequently, his compositional activity has been particularly oriented towards the television world: over the years he has published over twenty record collections of music, including “Classico tensivo” and “Classico popolare”, which are often used for journalistic services, title sequences or commercials and programs of Italian television RAI.
In 2010 he founded the Supernova Symphony Orchestra by selecting highly experienced musicians from important Italian orchestras (Roma Sinfonietta, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Nova Amadeus, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Orchestra Regionale di Roma e del Lazio...) building and defining together with the orchestra a cinematic and light repertoire, and adapting it to any event where music had to play a fundamental role. In the early years of its activity, the orchestra participated in several concerts, including some organized with the support of Roma Capitale, and mainly engaged in recording studio: in addition to the numerous albums by Andrea Montepaone, he recorded the last soundtrack of Manuel De Sica, composed for Pasquale Squitieri’s “L’altro Adamo”, and Mass “Dio ha tanto amato il mondo” by Marco Frisina.
Last but not least, his collaborations in pop music: in 2008 he arranged and directed 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 as well as in 2014 he collaborated with Dolcenera, at the Coca Cola Summer Festival in Rome.
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