|Born||29 March 1968 (age 53)|
Scordia, Sicily, Italy
|Occupation||Composer, musician, conductor and music arranger|
Paolo Buonvino (born 29 March 1968) is an Italian composer, musician, conductor and music arranger .
Italian composer for film and television, music arranger, conductor Paolo Buonvino is an artisan of music. An experimental, eclectic talent, constantly infusing his classical studies and the ancient musical tradition of the Mediterranean, with fascinations coming from the pop, rock, electronic, and computer music. His wholesome approach to the universal value of music, transcends genres and easy categorizations.
Born in 1968, in Scordia, in the province of Catania (Sicily), Buonvino gained his Piano Bachelor-Degree from the "F. Cilea" di Reggio Calabria conservatory and a Master-Degree in Music Disciplines from the University of Bologna. At the beginning of his career, the composer found a mentor in "Il Maestro" Franco Battiato – one of Italy's most influential and avant-garde singer-songwriters – who encouraged him to write music for the movies and TV.
From late 1990s, he began to compose film scores and in 1999 he won the Cam/Rota Prize.
In 2008 he won a David di Donatello for best score and a Nastro d'Argento in the same category for the film Quiet Chaos.
In 2009 he won a second Nastro d'Argento for the score of the film Italians.
It is in 1997 when the big occasion comes along, with the composition of the score for the eighth season of the massive TV hit, La piovra 8 (The Octopus), exported to over 80 countries in its nearly 20-year run, and broadcast in the U.S. on MHz Networks. The previous seasons were scored by the one and only Maestro Ennio Morricone, with whom Paolo Buonvino had the chance to later develop a friendship and fruitful artistic exchange.
After that ground-breaking exploit, the musician started a long-lasting collaboration with world-known Italian Film Director Gabriele Muccino, who made a name for himself in the Gotha of Hollywood's filmmakers with movies like The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) starring Will Smith and Seven Pounds (2018), again starring Will Smith alongside Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, and Barry Pepper.
For Muccino, Paolo Buonvino wrote the scores for some of the movies that would not only become colossal hits at the Italian box-office but generational phenomena, considered modern classics: Ecco fatto (1998); Come te nessuno mai (But forever in My Mind) (1999), L’ultimo bacio (The Last Kiss) (2001); Ricordati di me (Remember Me, My Love) (2003); Baciami ancora (Kiss Me Again) (2010); and the American production of Fathers & Daughters (2015), starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Kylie Rogers alongside Jane Fonda and Octavia Spencer.
Throughout the years the artist confronted himself also with the pop/rock arena writing music for international artists of the caliber of Dolores’O Riordan, leader of The Cranberries and Skin, former leader of Skunk Anansie; and all of the most successful Italian singers including Andrea Bocelli; Carmen Consoli; Elisa; Jovanotti and Fiorella Mannoia.
Recently, Paolo Buonvino collaborated with prestigious international productions. In France for the movies Je reste! (I'm Staying!) (2003) with Sophie Marceau and Vincent Perez; Ma mère est folle (My Mother is Crazy) (2018) with Fanny Ardant, directed by Diane Kurys and Les Estivants (The Summer House) (2018), directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, sister of Carla Bruni Sarkozy, former First Lady of France. In 2012, he scored the Canadian-British production of If I Were You comedy-drama from Joan Carr-Wiggin starring Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling and Aidan Quinn.
Also, Buonvino wrote the score for the U.S. Netflix TV hit series Medici: Masters of Florence and Medici: The Magnificent (2016/2019), created by Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer and produced by Lux Vide and HBO. The series is distributed in 190 countries and is graced by an illustrious cast of international actors, including
In 2020, he composed the score for the faith-based drama film Fátima directed by Marco Pontecorvo, starring Harvey Keitel and Sônia Braga alongside Joaquim de Almeida, Goran Visnjic, and Lúcia Moniz. A special guest star on the score is Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli who sings the movie's lead theme "Gratia plena". Both the score and the song are official entries for the 2021 93rd Academy Awards in the categories "Best Original Score" and "Best Original Song".
In July 2021 Taranta Reimagined is released, a recording project of contamination between popular music and electronic music, produced by Sugar Music and distributed by Universal Music. The disc features original interpretations by Jovanotti, Mahmood, Gianna Nannini and Diodato recorded during the 2020 edition of the Notte della Taranta.
In 1999 at the 56th Venice film fest he was awarded the "Rota" prize (collateral prizes) for the music of But Forever in My Mind (directed by Gabriele Muccino)
At the Festival International de Luchon (2002) he received the award for the best soundtrack with the film "the young Casanova".
Since 2000, he has received seven nominations
In 2008 the award as best musician to the "David di Donatello" with the film Quiet Chaos (directed by Antonello Grimaldi)
In 2009 he received the Nastro d'Argento for Best Score in Taormina with the film Italians (by Giovanni Veronesi).