Paolo Cognetti is an award-winning solo composer and pianist from Italy.
Paolo’s debut album as a solo pianist “Rinascita”, produced by OSB Records, will be released on 2nd June 2017, delivered digitally by Artist First and published by Warner Chappell. In 2015, Paolo’s “Mare Monstrum Verso Luce” for narrator, orchestra and electronics, focused on the tragic migration issue from Africa, was awarded the second prize by the international composing competition Concorso 2 Agosto. As well as being one of the founding members of La Filharmonie, he is also the Officina Sonora del Bigallo’s in-house composer, both of which are based in Florence.
Paolo has scored music for the short film “Family Unit” by Z. Marion (selected by Hollywood Film Festival, Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, Fargo Film Festival and Pasadena International Film Festival) and “The Writer” by E. Mengotti (SAFILM, Venice Film Week, Lone Star Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head Film Festival).
Paolo’s scores for the Museo dell’Opera Del Duomo (Museum of the Works of the Cathedral) will soon be released on DVD.
He has also composed scores for films such as “El gran Engaño” by M. A. I Valls and “Leila and Morris” by G. Smets both of which were selected by international film festivals including Gran festival de Cinema de Girona, Stiges International Film Festival and Sandfly Film Festival.
In 2011 his solo piece “Rinascita”, which will appear on his debut album, won the National Arts Award: Original Pop and Rock Music: Bands, Soloists and Voice. Paolo has composed, arranged and performed soundtracks for theatre pieces such as “La gatta sul tetto che scotta”, directed by M. Lombardi and “L’uomo della sabbia”, directed by F. Romano.
In 2009 his solo works won the National Arts Award: Composition for Motion Picture and the People’s Choice Prize in the Maggio Off Music Contest.
Paolo holds degrees in piano and composition from the Conservatorio di Musica “Luigi Cherubini” and he is a graduate from Berklee’s inaugural Master’s Program in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games at its international campus in Valencia.