Eclectic and versatile UK-based 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 at the Philharmonic Academy of Rome - Adriano moved to the U.S. and then Spain to hone his musical skills. Awarded with 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 a recipient of the BFI x BAFTA Crew program from the year 2019 to 2021.
Most recent projects where Adriano is involved as a composer include the music for the successful 2019-2020 TV series "Nuovi Eroi", broadcast on Rai3 (Italian national channel) in prime time, the Docu-TV-show "Presa Diretta", and the Realty-TV show "Così è la vita", also both aired in prime time on Rai3. He wrote the soundtrack short film "Sad Letters" - starring David di Donatello winner actor Leo Gullotta (Cinema Paradiso); and the soundtrack for the feature film "The Truth" starring actor Francesco Montanari (Medici: The Magnificent) with the score recorded at Magyar Studio 22 in Budapest, performed by the Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra. Adriano scored the animated short movie "Boarding the Ark" with the soundtrack recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, conducting members of the London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Soon active in the advertising industry he composed the track "Little Purple Bubbles" for Vimto's quirky national multi-channel UK TV (Channel 4, ITV2, SKY, and more) campaign. The advertising has been nominated for Best Score for Advertising at the XIV Jerry Goldsmith Awards. Adriano composed the music for the Promo of the "Mystery Winter" TV show aired on SKY History. His music is featured in the Realty-TV Show "The Voice: la plus belle voix" broadcast in Prime Time on TF1 (France) and in the trailer for the 2020 Paramount Pictures' horror feature film "Spell".
Aponte's winning streak began when his album, "Inside" won the "Acoustic Album of the Year" at the "19th Los Angeles Music Awards", with the event held at Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California. The impact of Aponte's talent was felt again at the "20th Los Angeles Music Awards" where he won as "Instrumental Artist of the Year" and got nominated for the "International Artist of the Year" category. The event was held at Paramount Theater in Hollywood, California, where Adriano also performed a solo piano - film music concert. The composer brought 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 short movie "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.
Among other honors, he received the nomination for "Best Soundtrack" at the '2012 48hour Film Project' - 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". His works have been screened at several international film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Giffoni, Clermont-Ferrand, and many others.
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Best Music Score
Best Orchestral Piece
Semi-finalist - Best instrumental
PREMIO MARZIO ROSI
UK SONGWRITING CONTEST
finalist - Best Jazz Song
Nomination for International Artist