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Paolo Buonvino

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Paolo Buonvino
Born29 March 1968 (1968-03-29) (age 56)
Scordia, Sicily, Italy
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, conductor and music arranger

Paolo Buonvino (born 29 March 1968) is an Italian composer, musician, conductor, and music arranger.

Life and career


Buonvino was born on 29 March 1968 in Scordia, a comune in Sicily, Italy. He earned his Piano Bachelor-Degree from the Conservatorio Francesco Cilea in Reggio Calabria and a Master-Degree in Music Disciplines from the University of Bologna.

In the late 1990s, he began to compose film scores and in 1999 he won the Cam/Rota Prize.[1]

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.[2]

In 2009 he won a second Nastro d'Argento for the score of the film Italians.[2]

After that ground-breaking exploit, the musician started collaboration with Italian Film Director Gabriele Muccino, known for 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.[3]

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,[4] former leader of Skunk Anansie; and other Italian singers including Andrea Bocelli; Carmen Consoli; Elisa; Jovanotti and Fiorella Mannoia.

Paolo Buonvino collaborated on 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. 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.

Moreover, 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.

In 2020, he composed the score for the faith-based drama film Fátima[5] 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".[6] 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[7] is released, a recording project of contamination between popular music and electronic music,[8] 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 2021, the Biennale Musica di Venezia commissions him a project that sees the light of day in September 2022 at the Teatro alle Tese in Venice, entitled "Çiatu";[9] a concert for reciting voices, three disklaviers and electronic music, with the art installation by Irma Blank,[10] performed by the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble orchestra,[11] conducted by Tonino Battista.

Between 2022 and 2023 he wrote the soundtracks for the first and second seasons of the television series A casa tutti bene[12] - La serie and Incastrati,[13] directed by Ficarra and Picone.





TV series


Discography collaborations


Prizes and awards


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 "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).


  1. ^ Gianni Canova. Enciclopedia del cinema. Garzanti Libri, 2005.
  2. ^ a b Emanuele Masini (cured by). Annuario del cinema italiano & audiovisivi. Centro di studi di cultura, promozione e difusione del cinema, 2012.
  3. ^ "Paolo Buonvino Scoring Gabriele Muccino's 'Fathers and Daughters' | Film Music Reporter". Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  4. ^ "I MEDICI – Original soundtrack by Paolo Buonvino". Sugar Music. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 23, 2020). "Picturehouse's 'Fatima' Going Into Theaters & PVOD At End Of August". Deadline. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  6. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (January 25, 2021). "Andrea Bocelli and Paolo Buonvino Discuss Song and Score Race Entries for 'Fatima' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  7. ^ Ascione, Arianna (2021-09-08). ""Taranta Reimagined», Paolo Buonvino: «La mia taranta tra tradizione e contemporaneità"". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  8. ^ "Con Mahmood e Jovanotti la taranta incontra la sperimentazione". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2021-07-23. Retrieved 2021-09-20.
  9. ^ "Biennale Musica 2022 | Paolo Buonvino - Çiatu". La Biennale di Venezia (in Italian). 2022-05-11. Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  10. ^ Finanza, MF Milano (2022-09-23). "La Biennale di musica chiama Dior - MilanoFinanza.it". MF Milano Finanza (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  11. ^ "Paolo Buonvino alla Biennale con Çiatu: il respiro come virus di pace e amore". La Voce di New York. 2022-10-29. Retrieved 2022-11-17.
  12. ^ "'A casa tutti bene', finale di stagione per la serie di Gabriele Muccino". la Repubblica (in Italian). 2022-01-10. Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  13. ^ Santoro, Scilla (2023-03-02). "Incastrati 2, recensione dei primi quattro episodi della serie Netflix". Cinefilos.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2023-05-30.
  14. ^ "'Burraco fatale': il trailer del nuovo film con Claudia Gerini". Sky TG24 (in Italian). 25 August 2020. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ Vivarelli, Nick (December 29, 2020). "Italian TV Industry Mourns Late Lux Vide Drama Chief and 'Medici' Producer Sara Melodia". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  17. ^ "Andrea Bocelli and Paolo Buonvino Discuss Song and Score Race Entries for 'Fatima' (Exclusive)". IMDb. Retrieved January 30, 2021.