Scordia, Sicily, Italy
|Occupation||Composer, musician, conductor and music arranger|
Paolo Buonvino (born March 29, 1968) is an Italian composer, musician, conductor and music arranger .
Life and career
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.
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".
- Ecco fatto, directed by Gabriele Muccino (1998)
- But Forever in My Mind directed by Gabriele Muccino (1999)
- Lost Lover , directed by Roberto Faenza (1999)
- Der Kardinal – directed by Berthold Mittermayr (1999)
- Dancing North – directed by Paolo Quaregna (1999)
- The Last Kiss, directed by Gabriele Muccino (2000)
- Segreti di Famiglia (Laguna, original title) – directed by Dennis Berry (2001)
- Remember Me, My Love , directed by Gabriele Muccino (2003)
- Life as It Comes, directed by Stefano Incerti (2003)
- Five Moons Square, directed by Renzo Martinelli (2003)
- On My Skin, directed by Valerio Jalongo (2003)
- Je Reste – Directed by Diane Kurys (2003)
- Apnea , directed by Roberto Dordit (2005 )
- Manual of Love, directed by Giovanni Veronesi (2005)
- Romanzo Criminale, directed by Michele Placido (2005)
- Il fantasma di Corleone – Directed by Marco Amenta (2006)
- Napoleon and Me, directed by Paolo Virzì (2006)
- Il mio miglior nemico, directed by Carlo Verdone (2006 )
- Concrete Romance , directed by Marco Martani (2007 )
- I Vicerè, directed by Roberto Faenza (2007)
- Manual of Love 2, directed by Giuseppe Veronesi (2007)
- Quiet Chaos , directed by Antonello Grimaldi (2008)
- La matassa, directed by Ficarra e Picone e Giambattista Avellino (2009 )
- Italians, directed by Giovanni Veronesi (2009)
- Kiss Me Again, directed by Gabriele Muccino (2010 )
- La scuola è finita – Directed by Valerio Jalongo 2010
- The Ages of Love, directed by Giovanni Veronesi (2011)
- It May Be Love But It Doesn't Show, directed by Ficarra e Picone (2011)
- One Day More, directed by Massimo Venier (2011)
- Silvio Forever – Directed by Roberto Faenza, Filippo Marcelloni (2011)
- Tutto Tutto Niente Niente, directed by Giulio Manfredonia (2012)
- Terramatta, directed by Costanza Quatriglio (2012) – documentary film
- If I Were You – Directed by Joan Carr Wiggin starring Marcia Gay Harden (2012)
- Un Uccello Molto Serio – Directed by Lorenza Indovina (2013)
- Con il fiato sospeso, directed by Costanza Quatriglio (2013)
- Indovina chi viene a Natale?, directed by Fausto Brizzi (2013)
- Il Natale della mamma imperfetta, directed by Ivan Cotroneo (2013)
- Mi rifaccio vivo, directed by Sergio Rubini (2013)
- L’Abbraccio Definitivo – Directed by Stefania Rocca (2014)
- Fratelli unici – Directed by Alessio Maria Federici (2014)
- La scuola più bella del mondo – Directed by Luca Miniero (2014)
- Anita B. , directed by Roberto Faenza (2014 )
- Fathers and Daughters, directed by Gabriele Muccino (2015)
- 7 minuti – Directed by Michele Placido (2016)
- Ma mère est folle – Directed by Diane Kurys (2018)
- The Summer House (Les estivants) – Directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (2019)
- Fatima, directed by Marco Pontecorvo (2020)
- Burraco fatale di Giuliana Gamba (2020)
- La piovra 8 - Lo scandalo, directed by Giacomo Battiato (1997) –
- La piovra 9 - Il patto, directed by Giacomo Battiato (1998) –
- L'elefante bianco, directed by Gianfranco Albano (1998) –
- Caraibi, directed by Lamberto Bava (1999) –
- Una Farfalla nel Cuore – Directed by Giuliana Gamba (1999) – fiction tv Rai1
- Padre Pio: Miracle Man , directed by Carlo Carlei (2000)
- L'impero, directed by Lamberto Bava (2001) –
- Il giovane Casanova, directed by Giacomo Battiato (2002) – film TV
- Cuore di Donna – Directed by Franco Bernini – (2002) fiction tv Rai1
- Ferrari, directed by Carlo Carlei (2003)
- Mio figlio, directed by Luciano Odorisio (2004) –
- Paolo Borsellino, regia si Gianluca Maria Tavarelli (2004) –
- Una famiglia in giallo, directed by Alberto Simone (2005) –
- Fuga per la libertà – L’aviatore – Directed by Carlo Carlei (2008) – fiction tv (canale5)
- Il commissario Manara, directed by Davide Marengo e Luca Libuori (2009–2011)
- 4 padri single, directed by Paolo Monico (2009) – film TV, featuring Emanuele Bossi
- Io e mio figlio, nuove storie per il commissario Vivaldi, directed by Luciano Odorisio (2010) –
- Il commissario Manara 2 – Directed by Luca Ribuoli (2011) – fiction tv rai1
- Una mamma imperfetta – Directed by Ivan Cotroneo (2013) –
- Sotto copertura, directed by Giulio Manfredonia (2015) –
- Tutto può Succedere – Directed by Lucio Pellegrini, Alessandro Casale (2015) – fiction (Rai1)
- Medici: Masters of Florence, directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (2016) –
- Sotto copertura – La cattura di Zagaria, directed by Giulio Manfredonia (2017 ) – 
- Tutto può succedere 2 – Directed by Lucio Pellegrini, Alessandro Angelini (2017) – fiction (Rai1)
- Questo nostro amore 80 – Directed by Isabella Leoni, Luca Ribuoli – (2018) – fiction (Rai1)
- Tutto può succedere 3 – Directed by Alessandro Casale, Lucio Pellegrini (2018) – fiction (Rai1)
- Medici: The Magnificent – Directed by Jon Cassar, Jan Maria Michelini (2018) – (Rai1)
- I Medici 3 : Nel nome della famiglia – Directed by Christian Duguay (2019) – (Rai1)
- Franco Battiato, il cavaliere dell'intelletto (1994)
- Carmen Consoli, Elettra ( 2009), Eva contro Eva (2006), L'eccezione (2002), L'anfiteatro e la bambina impertinente, (live 2001), Stato di necessità (2000),
- Patrizia Laquidara, Noite e Luar (single 2007)
- Elisa, Ecco che (single 2013), Eppure Sentire (single 2007)
- Fiorella Mannoia, Sud (2012) A te (2013),
- Negramaro "tutto puo succedere"
- Dolores O'Riordan "senza fiato"
- Jovanotti, Baciami ancora (single 2010), Ora (album – 2011), Lorenzo in Concerto – Live Taormina Teatro Antico(2012)
- Skin, Renaissance (single 2016)
- Andrea Bocelli "Gratia plena"
Prizes and awards
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
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- Emanuele Masini (cured by). Annuario del cinema italiano & audiovisivi. Centro di studi di cultura, promozione e difusione del cinema, 2012.
- "MHz Networks to Release Restored Version of 'The Octopus' ('La Piovra')". MHz Networks. August 7, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
- "Paolo Buonvino Scoring Gabriele Muccino's 'Fathers and Daughters' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved January 30, 2021.
- "I MEDICI – Original soundtrack by Paolo Buonvino". Sugar Music. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
- D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 23, 2020). "Picturehouse's 'Fatima' Going Into Theaters & PVOD At End Of August". Deadline. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
- Tangcay, Jazz (January 25, 2021). "Andrea Bocelli and Paolo Buonvino Discuss Song and Score Race Entries for 'Fatima' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
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- "DOLORES O'RIORDAN: il filo che la legava all'Italia ed il ricordo di Giuliano Sangiorgi". All Music Italia (in Italian). January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
- Vivarelli, Nick (December 29, 2020). "Italian TV Industry Mourns Late Lux Vide Drama Chief and 'Medici' Producer Sara Melodia". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
- "Andrea Bocelli and Paolo Buonvino Discuss Song and Score Race Entries for 'Fatima' (Exclusive)". IMDb. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
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