Nicola Piovani (b. 26 May 1946, Rome, Italy) is a light-classical musician, theater and film score composer, and winner of the 1998 Best Original Dramatic Score Oscar for the score of the Roberto Benigni film La Vita è bella, better known to English-speaking audiences as . Life Is Beautiful
After high school, Piovani enrolled at the
Sapienza University of Rome, receiving his degree in piano from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan in 1967, and later studied orchestration under the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis.
Among his more popular works is the score for the
Federico Fellini film , his second of three collaborations with the famous director, the others being Intervista Ginger e Fred ( in English) and Ginger and Fred La voce della luna ( ). Years later, he composed a The Voice of the Moon ballet titled Balletto Fellini.
In 2000 his Academy Award-winning score for
La Vita è bella ( ) was further nominated for a Life Is Beautiful Grammy Award in the "Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media" category, losing to Randy Newman. In 2005 he was a member of the jury at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival. In light of his recent work with French directors, notably [1 ] Danièle Thompson, Philippe Lioret, and Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, the French Minister of Culture gave him the title of Chevalier (Knight) of the on 21 May 2008 at the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Cannes Film Festival.
To date, Piovani has over 130 film scores to his credit. However, he is reported to believe that "Too many film scores make a composer a
hack, but in the theatre music is above all craftsmanship". Accordingly, he continues to work in musical theatre, and also composes concert and chamber music.
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