BIO

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MARCO TESTONI

 

Composer, Music supervisor, Handpan player.

He received his musical training as a percussionist under Antonio Striano at the A. Casella Conservatory in the city of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. His bent for composition soon turned towards applied music for cinema, theatre and the digital arts.

 

As a musician and music supervisor he has worked within the field of TV-series and cinema ; his filmography contains about 60 titles. In 2014, he won the Soundtrack Award for the film BlackOut. In 2015, he was proclaimed Composer of the Year at the Rome Videoclip Awards event. In 2017, his multimedia and musical performances were presented at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs du Louvre in Paris, at the Rome’s MACRO museum and at Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence. In 2018, with Andrea Bigiarini and the visual artists from the New Era Museum, he created MAJE, an audio-visual installation comprising immersive projections accompanied by acoustic and electronic music. In 2019, he presented his VR19 Freedom at the VRExperience Festival in Rome, a multimedia performance of music applied to the virtual reality. In 2020, he created the music for the VR Baroque Moments on Fire opera by director Anabela Costa. He currently works with the Art & Science Company as a filmmaker and composer for the crossmedia project Pande-Me.

In 2011, he founded the Pollock Project ensemble which has 5 albums to its name and an intense concert activity in the field of multimedia, in collaboration with Simone Salza, Elisabetta Antonini, Massimiliano Di Loreto, Cecilia Silveri, Nicola Alesini. During the same period, he produced two albums with Mats Hedberg and the Hang Camera group which also involved the participation of Billy Cobham, Elena Somarè, Michele Ascolese among others. He has also written songs for recordings featuring Antonella Ruggiero, Tosca and Paola Turci.

 

As a teacher, in 2014, he directed Italy’s first ever course for Music Supervisors funded by the Lazio Region and has held numerous workshops at: Milan’s IULM University, the University School of Music of Cardiff, the Griffith Academy of Cinema and TV in Rome, the SAE Institute of Milan and others. Since 2020, he is director of the Soundtrack City Tv web channel and assistant editor of the Colonne Sonore magazine. For Audino Editore he has published two books: Musica e visual media (2016) and Musica e multimedia (2019). On 2021 he founded with Massimo Privitera CineArteMusica, an Academy of Music for Films.