Eclectic and versatile composer for film television, and media, Adriano Aponte grew up in Naples (Italy) and has been always fascinated by the craft of film scoring and its tradition. After his studies in piano and composition in Italy, where he also had the opportunity to study with acclaimed composer and conductor Franco Piersanti at the Philharmonic Academy of Rome, Adriano moved to the U.S. and then Spain to hone his musical skills. Awarded the European Scholarship, Aponte studied Film Scoring and Conducting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and then received his Master's degree in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games (Summa Cum Laude) from Berklee Valencia Campus where he also worked as Music Technology Graduate Assistant. He is currently a Film Music Professor at Conservatory Santa Cecilia of Rome where he teaches at both undergraduate and Master's levels. Aponte has been recently selected as a BAFTA Connect Member and is also an ACMF member.
Recent works include scoring the successful Rai primetime TV docu-series Nuovi Eroi (hosted by Veronica Pivetti), Rai primetime docu-TV-show Presa Diretta (hosted by Riccardo Iacona), and the Rai primetime factual-TV show Così è la vita (hosted by Francesca Fialdini). He wrote the soundtrack for the feature film The Truth (starring Francesco Montanari) available on Amazon Prime Video with the score recorded at Magyar Studio 22 in Budapest and performed by the Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra, the Giffoni Film Festival, and Nastri d'Argento winning docu-film Sad Letters (starring Leo Gullotta), and the Rai short film Fame (starring Ludovica Nasti) with soundtrack nominated (Best Feature Short Film) at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards (2023).
Aponte scored the animated short movie Boarding the Ark with the soundtrack recorded at Abbey Road Studios (Studio 1) in London, conducting members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Adriano's music is featured in the TV trailer for the Primetime Emmy Awards-winning Animated Sitcom South Park ~ Season 25, the trailer campaign for the Amazon Prime Video fantasy TV series The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Rings, the trailer campaign for the Disney+ fantasy TV series Willow, the TV promo for the BBC TV series The Bridge, the 93rd Oscars Live Ceremony's TV promo for Sky TV, the advertising campaign for the HBO TV series His Dark Materials, the Paramount Pictures' horror feature film Spell, as well as the reality TV-show The voice: La plus belle vox aired on TF1.
He composed the music for the Jerry Goldsmith Awards (2019) nominated (Best Score for Advertising) Vimto's multi-channel advertising, and the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (2022) winner (Dramatic/Crime category) and Music+Sound Awards (2021) nominated (Best Use of Production Music > TV Trailer/Promos) Sky TV Promo for Mystery Winter TV show (hosted by Laurence Fishburne).
Aponte performed his music several times at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles and in particular to celebrate the 150° Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the 60° Anniversary of volunteer service for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Association, and to welcome the Hon. Consul General of Italy as well as all Consular Corps. members in Los Angeles. According to the Event Chair Mirella Ventress and President Kay Sidhu, "Adriano Aponte was certainly the best and ideal ambassador of music that Italy can provide…". In May 2018, the multi-award-winning docu-film Sad Letters was screened at the European Parliament in Brussels, where Adriano and part of the cast were hosted and rewarded by the European parliamentarians panel.
Other Aponte's accolades include a nomination at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the Horror/Thriller category, two Los Angeles Music Awards (2009 & 2010) (Acoustic Album of the year & Instrumental Artist of the year), and also a nomination in the International Artist of the Year category with the ceremony held at Paramount Theater in Hollywood, California, where Adriano also performed a piano-solo film music recital. He also received a nomination for Best Soundtrack at the 48-Hour Film Project for the music composed for the short film We have all night, and in 2014 his jazz song Last Indian was a finalist at the UK Songwriting Contest.
Adriano's works have been screened at several international film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Giffoni, Clermont-Ferrand, and many others. For a more comprehensive list of credits and further updates please visit his page on